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An ancient market town, Thetford was once the capital of East Anglia. Now it is a busy industrial town but it still has a small market on Tuesday and Saturday. Castle Hill is England's tallest medieval earthwork. There are attractive gardens beside the river and behind King's House in King Street.

TI Leaping Hare, 20 King St. Tel. 01842 751975.

Accommodation in Thetford (with distance from station):

The Thomas Paine Hotel, ¼ mile Bell Inn, ¼ mile search Thetford Norfolk

Thetford Priory EH ¼ mile

The ruins of a 12th century priory. Later structures, such as the gatehouse, still stand intact. Admission free.
Open Daily 0800-1600 (1800 Apr-Sep).

Ancient House Museum ¼ mile

A timber-framed Tudor merchant's house with a fine carved ceiling housing a museum which tells the story of Thetford and the Brecks. Local people from Thetford's past include the revolutionary philosopher Thomas Paine and the Sikh hero Maharajah Duleep Singh. Tel. 01842 752599.
Open TWThFS 1000-1700 (closes 1600 Oct-Mar).

Church of the Holy Sepulchre EH ¾ mile

The ruined nave of a priory church of the Canons of the Holy Sepulchre. Admission free.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (dusk if earlier).

Charles Burrell Museum ½ mile

Thetford was home to the world renowned Burrell's steam traction engines. This museum in the former paintshop tells the story of the Charles Burrell Works and the machinery they produced.
Open May-Oct, Tue 1000-1400, last Sat of month 1000-1600.

Dad's Army Museum ½ mile

The popular 'Dad's Army' series was filmed in and around Thetford which became 'Walmington-on-Sea'. Memorabilia of the series is housed in the Old Fire Station behind the Guildhall, the building itself featured in several episodes as the Town Hall. Tours available. Tearoom. Tel. 01842 751975.
Open Apr-Oct Sat (also Tue in school holidays) 1000-1500.

Thetford map

BTO Nunnery Gardens 1 mile

The grounds of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) include the Nunnery Gardens which show how wildlife friendly features can be incorporated into an existing garden. A wildflower meadow has also been established and this is at its best from late May to July. Admission free. An information leaflet about the Gardens is available from BTO Reception. Tel. 01842 750050.
Open M-F 0900-1700. Closed SSu.

Nunnery Lakes Nature Reserve 1¼ miles (2 miles to Lakes)

This British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) reserve includes a range of wildlife habitats such as woodland, alder carr, heath grassland and reclaimed gravel pits. Observation hide. Admission free. An information leaflet about the Reserve is available from BTO Reception (open M-F). Tel. 01842 750050.
Open Daily dawn-dusk, BTO Reception open M-F 0900-1700.

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