10 Things to Do in Thetford That You Shouldn't Miss

September 11, 2017 Phylicia Berquist

Thetford is a market town and civil parish in the Breckland district of Norfolk, England. It is on the A11 road between Norwich and London, just south of Thetford Forest. After World War II Thetford became an ‘overspill town’ taking people from London, as a result of which its population increased substantially. The civil parish, covering an area of 29.55 km (11.41 sq mi), has a population of 24,340.
Restaurants in Thetford

1. Dad's Army Museum

Guildhall Cage Lane | Back of the Guildhall, Thetford IP24 2DS, England +44 7562 688641
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4.5 based on 331 reviews

Dad's Army Museum

Please bear in mind our opening hours are limited: 10am - 3pm Saturdays Easter to November & Tuesdays in Norfolk school holidays. Museum visits at other times by prior arrangement, subject to availability - we are a volunteer run organisation. For 9 years from 1968 Thetford, Norfolk became Walmington on Sea - home of Dad's Army. A guided location tour was launched in 2004 and proved so popular that a museum was founded in 2007. Housed in the Old Fire Station to the rear of the Guildhall - the building itself featured in several episodes as Walmington on Sea Town Hall - it is independently run by an enthusiastic platoon of volunteers. Over the years the museum has developed and expanded to include a 1940s inspired Marigold Tea Rooms. In 2010 a full size bronze statue of Captain Mainwaring was unveiled in the town by David Croft and in 2012 the original Jones's butcher's van returned home and is now residing with our good friends at Charles Burrell Museum, just a short walk away.

Reviewed By junebloor - Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

We visited the Dads Army museum whilst in Norfolk for a weekend. It was excellent and very informative. A must visit for fan's of the popular show. Lots of valuable information and artifacts. Lovely tearooms with war time cakes. The volunteers do an excellent job.

2. Go Ape Thetford

Nr Brandon | Santon Downham, Thetford IP27 0AF, England +44 333 433 0894
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Go Ape Thetford

The original and still the best. Set in the heart of Britain's largest lowland pine forest, our first ever course is centred around 30 miles of bike and walking trails from which to explore 50,000 acres of forest. And the mother of all our courses features our classic Tree Top Adventure, Forest Segways and Tree Top Junior. Our Tree Top Adventure features a NEW Tarzan Swing, back-to-back black crossings (don't worry, they're optional!) and an Alpine zip (that goes from tree to tree). Now that's worth shouting from the tree tops! And the adventure does not need to stop there. You can get off the beaten track and enjoy our forest adventure with Go Ape Forest Segway - an epic experience with a down to earth twist. And Thetford Forest is also home to our Tree Top Junior Adventure for Mini Tarzans. Release your little monkeys onto a Go Ape course designed for them. No one loves adventure more than kids!

Reviewed By pedders2016 - Northamptonshire, United Kingdom

Amazing activity for all the older family, only down side was expensive and expensive parking not included in price so additional expense.
easy to book online or just turn up, but will be charged to park if have to come back if fully booked.
you cannot drop off either and you will be charged parking to do that.
look for online vouchers to spread the cost, but the experience itself was worth it, just not when busy as you are all trapped behind people and gets frustrating.

3. Thetford Priory

Thetford, England
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Thetford Priory

Reviewed By Ben H

We live in Thetford so we come here often. The grounds are well kept and the ruins are very interesting. There are plenty of information boards up to read.
I would advise travelling just for it though. It is not large and there is no gift shop. More for the locals

4. Charles Burrell Museum

Nicholas St. Minstergate, Thetford IP24 1BN, England +44 1842 751166
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Charles Burrell Museum

One of Thetford's largest employers manufactured steam engines until the 1920s.

Reviewed By tonyhwright - Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom

Very small interesting museum if your interested in steam engines. Although only 3 engines there is Corporal Jones's van from Dads Army T.V. programme and a living van. Upstairs is a vast amount of information about the Burrell works. Well worth the visit.

5. Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life

St. Nicholas House 21-23 White Hart Street, Thetford IP24 1AA, England +44 1842 752599
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Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life

Thetford's Ancient House has recently benefitted from a £1.6 million renovation, which has gone towards conserving the Grade I listed Tudor merchant's house and creating up-to-date displays. The atmospheric crooked house tells the remarkable story of Thetford and the Brecks. Discover rich collections alongside audio guides, films and animations. Meet local people from Thetford's past, from the revolutionary philosopher Thomas Paine to the Sikh hero Maharajah Duleep Singh and from rabbit warreners to railway workers. Take time out in the re-planted garden and don't miss the brand new museum shop in its oak pavilion. Allow about an hour and a half for a visit.

Reviewed By Eunice L - Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom

We were 3 oldies visiting and found the whole experience delightful. But it would appeal equally to families. Despite being quite small we happily spent nearly 2 hours there. Every room offered something different.
In the first room there are 4 short films to see and it is worth taking time to watch them as they add to the experience.
It is worth the price for the building itself which is indeed ancient. Grade 1 listed.

6. Grimes Graves

Thetford IP26 5DE, England +44 1842 810656
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4 based on 169 reviews

Grimes Graves

Grimes Graves is an English Heritage site with 433 Neolithic flint mines - one of which has been excavated and is open to the public. A fantastic opportunity to experience real history from 4600 years ago, and enjoy a truly unique landscape with its lunar-like craters above the in-filled mine-shafts There is a small exhibition centre, with a shop that has coffee facilities and packaged snacks, and there is a 96 acre grassland area of special scientific importance for walking and picnics (dogs, on leads, are welcome). Children are provided with a bag of binoculars, bug-boxes, colouring-pages and pencils to help them enjoy the site The exhibition has wall displays, samples of the tools and materials being excavated and videos that explain the history of the site and flint-knapping A very special geological feature is visable from the site: periglacial striations (which were caused by freezing and thawing the chalk substrate in the last ice-age) have created amazing straight lines of alternating vegetation and were formed over 10,000 years ago Whilst the site is open to everybody, with a small carpark, the mine, which is accessed by a robust 32-step ladder to a depth of over 7 metres has, for health and safety requirements, an age restriction for children who have to be 10, or over. It is also a requirement that a helmet (provided) is worn at all times whilst in the mine-shaft Whether you are an archaeologist with a special interest or a family looking for a unique experience, the team at the site welcome you and encourage you to ask questions and learn about Neolithic-man and the importance of flint as a Stone-age tool The site is open from April to September, everyday from 10.00am until last entry at 5.30pm, and is also open in October but only Wedneday to Sunday from 10.00am, with last entry at 4.30pm

Reviewed By propmill - milton keynes

Unbelievable to try to imagine the scale of flint-mining with such primitive tools. Small but informative information centre with friendly, helpful staff. Going down the actual mine and trying to envisage working conditions is quite an experience. For those of the older generation who learned history in junior school, a visit straight from the pages of R J Unstead's 'From Cavemen to Vikings'.

7. Lynford Arboretum

north of Mundford on the A1065, Mundford, Thetford, England
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Lynford Arboretum

Reviewed By Lacecarl - Thetford, United Kingdom

Me, my husband and 2.5year old daughter visited here on two occassions a few weeks apart. First we visited Lynford Lakes very tranquil lakes and beach. It was a surprise finding the bird lookout hut.
Second time we visited Lynford Arboretum very Autumnal day full of beautiful leaves we could jump in and play in. Very informative boards placed, we walked all the way to Lynford Hall grounds which all in all was a beautiful walk. On the way we saw ducks, squirrels and heard birds tweeting away together near the waterfall. We will deffinitely be back again.

8. The Desert Rat Memorial

High Ash, Thetford Forest, Thetford IP26 5BZ, England +44 1359 270490
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The Desert Rat Memorial

The memorial is dedicated to all who served in the 7th Armoured Division (The Desert Rats), the 4th Armoured Brigade (The Black Rats) and the 7th Armoured Brigade (The Green Jerboa), throughout history. In 1944 the men of 7th Armoured Division (The Desert Rats) arguably one of the most famous units in the British Army was based here and in the nearby countryside and towns, before they left to take part in the Normandy Campaign, landing late on 6th June 1944. These few months are the only time the Desert Rats were ever in the UK. The Memorial and main plaque inaugurated on the 23rd October 1998 by Field Marshal Lord Carver is located on the A1065 two miles north of Mundford, Norfolk, England. The additional plaque commemorating the Desert Rats of the 4th & 7th Armoured Brigades from 1945 to 2003 was added to the plinth and inaugurated during the Open Day on the 27th June 2004 in the presence of Brigadier Adrian Bradshaw, commanding 7th Armoured Brigade, and other senior officers from both brigades. It is the 7th Armoured Brigade who are now the modern day Desert Rats, while the 4th Mechanized Brigade continues to wear the Black Rat, after since 2007. In 2015, the 7th Armoured Brigade has been disbanded and the 7th Infantry Brigade has been created to still wear the Jerboa and carry on the traditions of the Desert Rats and the Desert Rats Association will continue to be associated with it. Throughout its history the Division and the two Brigades not only consisted of Armoured units, but also Infantry, Artillery and Engineering units, plus other support units, all of whom are commemorated by this memorial. In the woods close by the Memorial, which consists of a Cromwell Tank on the plinth and two memorial stones, can be found what remains of the bases of the building the Desert Rats used in 1944. A special trail through the woods is available, along with information boards. A larger museum is being planned at present and information about this will be made public nearer its inauguration.

Reviewed By CLIVE P - Cambridge, United Kingdom

Walk in the wilds, of the former training camp, of the Desert Rats.
Guided by sign boards, easy parking and access.
Good for history lovers, or just a nice walk around

9. The Lynford Stag

The Heathlands, Mundford, Thetford, England
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4 based on 23 reviews

The Lynford Stag

Reviewed By tyketyke - King's Lynn, United Kingdom

There are many walks through the woods which originate here. We chose one of about five miles which takes in the Lynford Arboretum. Particularly good at this time of year when the trees are in their autumn glory. A little research on t'internet will supply you with directions. Parking is free - go and stretch your legs.

10. Forest in the Brecks (The Brecks)

Thetford, England
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Forest in the Brecks (The Brecks)

Reviewed By mathel2874 - Mundford, United Kingdom

We live right next to the forest and spend many hours walking and biking along its paths and routes. From the hidden cross on pilgrams way to the remains of the crashed wwii plane and its memorial. There is plenty to find in the forest.

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