Thetford Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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Thetford Things to Do

  • British Trust for 0rnithology...

    The British Trust for 0rnithology was founded as an independent, impartial, scientific research charity, in 1933It moved its headquarters to the former medieval Benedictine Nunnery 0f Saint George, Thetford, in 1991The extensive grounds were transformed into several flooded gravel pits, creating a nature reserve between the banks of both rivers...

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  • Ancient House Museum...

    Ancient House was built as a Tudor townhouse, with combined shop, in 1490It was opened as a museum by Prince Maharajah Frederick Duleep Singh in 1924The white plasterwork with blcak beams, old building, now houses the local history of the town, featuring such characters as Prince Singh, & Thomas Paine (see separate tips...)It also represents the...

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  • Charles Burrell Museum...

    The official museum housing the collection of industrialist & inventor, Charles Burrell's steam engines, is appropiately located inside the old paint & finishing workshop, where he originally founded the Saint Nicholas Street factory complex...The actual foundry was on the other side of the road, where the Iceland supermarket, furniture warehouse,...

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  • Dad's Army locations...

    Thetford town is the central location for any visitor to the region who wants to pursue an interest in the classic English sitcom Dad's Army...Down near Nun's Bridges, (where the so-called 'bus station' that doesn't actually exist, is located) a bronze sculpture of Captain Mainwaring is situated, & as statues go, this itself is a classic...The...

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  • 2-Mile Bottom

    As its name might suggest, 2 Mile Bottom lays a couple of miles outside Thetford town centre, but as far as I'm concerned, is the centre of the Thetford region...It is marked by a crossing, where the road from East Wretham, meets the A134 main road between Mundford & Thetford, though this is not an actual crossroads, however, non-motorised traffic...

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  • Charles Burrell Museum

    Situated on Minstergate, this building was the old paint shop for the steam engines and now houses the Charles Burrell Museum.Check the website for more details.

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  • St Peter's Church

    A medieval church situated in Bridge Street. Click on the 2nd photo for more info. Thetford is dotted with these information plaques all over the town - very helpful for visitors :)

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  • Thetford Town Bridge and Little Ouse...

    Thetford is situatated on the Little Ouse River and according to the website there are lots of lovely walks in the area that the visitor can take! We were only there for a weekend but would love to return and have more of a look around this ancient and historic town.

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  • The Ancient House

    Quaint little museum about the history of Thetford located in a beautiful 15th century Tudor merchants house in the old heart of Thetford.All details can be found on their website below.

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Thetford Restaurants

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    by Bonkers11 Written Feb 1, 2012

    This is a great pub, serves food from 12 - 3 and 6.30 til 10.00.
    My friend felt a bit daunted as it is abit of a blokes pub but the staff are friendly and the atmosphere is ok.
    The food was good value and they serve a selection of Gin not just the usual Gordons.

    Favorite Dish: The Ploughmans was good value and plentiful and the burger was homemade and delicious.
    Ploughmans ( cheese and ahm) cheese and bacon burger, 2 gin and tonics, a pint of lager and two coffees cost £30.

    I rate this as satisfied as it was just a pub, no real waitress service but the service was good, there is a restuarant upstairs that the service is more attentive.

    This is also a hotel but not sure what the rooms are like but its a great place to stay if you want to visit the market town of Swaffham and walk in Thetfird forest at Santon Downham and the coast isnt too far away but you wont be paying the high prices that beign on the coast will involve.

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Thetford Transportation

  • Thetford by pedal power...

    As with most town centres in UK - Thetford has a recommended entry/exit route that is signposted as part of the National Cycle Network...As with other such towns where I've experienced following the blue signs with white bicycles on them, I remain unconvinced that whoever it is who decides these official, 'cyclist-friendly routes', has any...

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  • London to Thetford...

    There are several daily NATIONAL EXPRESS services between London to Thetford, & if booked in advance, are at least half the price of an equivalent rail fare from Charing Cross...Coaches leave Thetford @ 06:55 0r 08:15 0r 13:30 0r 15:15 - all taking at least 2hours30minutes to reach the capitol...Services out of London Victoria are @ 14:30 0r 17:30...

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  • Thetford bus station - what bus station?

    Thetford bus station? It doesn't exist, but for a length of corrugated metal over a bench in the corner of a CAR PARK - & if you want to catch the NATIONAL EXPRESS it's even WORSE - just a kerb with 3 lamp poles to rest luggage againt, & if it's raining, you get soaked waiting for the coach. Luckily, it was 1 of those rare English days when it...

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Thetford Shopping

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    Thetford's Tourist Information is located in the town centre, & is the best place for newcomers to go for directions & advice about local travel...Considering that about half the town's population is now from EU nation states, I would assume that staff have a knowledge of languages such as Polish & Portuguese, (although I myself have not been...

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  • Portuguese & Polish feel at home here...

    The obligatory Tesco's is situated out-of-town, so unless you have a car, it's not within practical distance of the town centre...Sainsbury's have a big store near the main roundabout where the roads from Brandon & Mundford meet, in the industrial estate area of the town...Iceland, Poundland, & Wilkinson's are all represented in the town centre,...

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Thetford Local Customs

  • The Maharajah 0f Thetford...

    Prince Frederick Victor Duleep Singh, MVO, TD, FSA, was born in London, on 23rd January 1868His father is regarded as the last Maharajah of the Sikh Empire, & was married to Bamba Muller, Maharani Duleep of Lahore...Prince Freddy as he was generally known, was sent to Eton & completed his education, mastering in history at Magdalene College,...

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  • Nuns Bridges...

    The Nuns Bridges were built to cross both rivers Thet & Little 0use, originally in the 16th Century...The 3 remaining, 18th Century bridges still in use today by road traffic, are Grade 2 Listed buildings, forming part of the conservation area that is the southern aspect of Thetford...Their name derives from the nearby Saint George Nunnery, which...

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  • Thetford Grammar School...

    Thetford Grammar School is thought to be amongst the oldest in England, with a history dating back to the 7th Century!It is believed that lessons were first taught at the site at Bridge Street, as early as 631 - the roll of headmasters begins 1114However, there is a gap between 1496 - 1566 when teaching on site discontinued, & the school was...

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Thetford Warnings and Dangers

  • Adders, Gnatbites, & Lyme's disease...

    Adders are encouraged to live in Thetford Forest, & according to a notice published by the local authority, several people & dogs are bitten each year...So be on the watch, but to date, I cannot report anything negative in any encounter with these reptiles, but to the contrary, they always seem to be the victims, squashed flat on roads & tracks,...

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  • Maverick moto-X

    There are a few designated foot & bridle paths within the vast area of Thetford Forest, but the majority of the tracks between the trees have no actual right to permit the public - They're 'permissive paths', open because the area is in management of the Forestry Commission & not a private land owner (& long may it remain so...)The Forestry...

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  • Litter, broken glass, & fire starting...

    Thetford Council has a policy of non-collection of litter from the forest area, due to the huge expanse of the place causing costs of such services to be immense...The unfortunate consequence of this, is that the roadside area of woodland receives an ever accumulating mess of snack litter & fly-tipped waste...In my opinion, the council shares...

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Thetford Tourist Traps

  • Castle Hill...

    Thetford Castle was a Medieval motte & bailey castle, built by Roger Bigod, in order to protect both the town & the local crossing of the Icknield Way...The centre of the castle was a huge motte, a mound built into a ditch, the sunken area is considered to be the escond largest of the typr constructed in England...2 sets of ramparts completed the...

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  • Thetford Priory...

    Thetford Priory is the centrally promoted feature of the town, being an extensive site of the former Saint Mary Abbey, founded by Roger Bigod in 1107It is said that local nobleman, Bigod, actually laid the foundation stone at the new site of the Priory, only to die a week later...The Cluniac Priory was moved to the new site because the religious...

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    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Thetford Off The Beaten Path

  • Charles Burrell Memorial...

    It might seem strange to include the official memorial to Charles Burrell, in the 'off the beaten path' section, but I've passed the spot countless times, but never noticed it, despite its close vicinity to the museum, which was once his works...As with the museum that bears his name, the memorial is also located in Minstergate, but on the opposite...

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  • Thetford Power Station...

    If you take a trail out of Thetford, along the riverside that runs roughly parallel to the main road to Mundford, after entering the King's Forest, you will reach a rather incongruous looking structure in the trees...It's big, brown, with a monstrous chimney stack, & if the winds blowing your way, it whiffs!It's Thetford's very own power station &...

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    by arturowan Updated Apr 24, 2014

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    Favorite thing: I love cities like London or Berlin, with their myriad green spaces & parks, but Thetford isn't this type of settlement - it's an old country market town, that since the growing of The King's Forest, (begun in 1922 to prevent soil erosion in this sandy Breckland area) has become dominated by its surrounding evergreen space...
    Thetford is a town built around 2 rivers, which characterise its south-western aspect, meandering through its streets, & out into the unspoilt countryside...
    But for me, when I consider Thetford, it's always the place, surrounded on its north-western aspect by a huge, still mysterious, forest...
    Anyone who has ever dwelled in a forest, is sure to have noticed that such a place is 'more than the sum of its parts' - there's more to it than just trees & critters - a forest has its own mystery, like a sixth dimension...
    I believe it's the living energy of all the trees; whatever, it's more than biology can effectively explain...
    Forests are an oasis of tranquility, but they are not silent venues, not wih all those critters that make their home on the shadowy floor & in the evergreen canopy...
    Birds can be very noisy, especially the green woodpeckers, with their cry, which sounds rather like a high-pitched laugh...
    & deer can also be noisy, or at least the males can, when they are rattling their antlers against the bark & stomping their hooves into the pinecone litter...
    From the town centre, a brisk walk along the banks of the rivers 0use or Little Thet, (preferably bypassing the 'chav'-ridden Abbeygate council estate, as fast as your legs will allow), has you passing the fishing club & within the tall trees, in only 10 minutes...
    Just like magic, or a place in a fairy tale...

    Fondest memory: Waking up in the forest, at dawn in mid-summer, with the calls of deer, foxes, green woodpeckers & owls in the pine-scented air, is what life's all about for me!
    The bird I most like to hear in the forest is the Woodcock - in early summer, as soon as the sun sets, the males fly at treetop height, in notably straight lines, making their idiosyncratic call, in order to attract females!
    There is no other bird call anything like it - words cannot really describe it, other than to say there are 3 distinct 'warbling quacks', followed by a shrill 'whistle' - a unique sound, & I love to hear it in the twilight...
    Birdnoise is never faraway in Thetford - owls can be heard calling to each other beside the rivers in the evenings - often to be heard against the conversations of Polish or Portuguese people...
    No other town in England I know has quite the same character as multi-cultural Thetford, which keeps it interesting in a way that I've only experienced in big cities such as London...
    Having stated that, the first place Iever saw an English river 0tter, was on the edge of town, swimming in the river under the A11 road bridge!
    Even if I was a millionaire, just having a mountain bike with enough rack space for a few 4-packs & camping food, then when the sun is shining, nothing could make me happier than to be loving roughin'it, in Thetford Forest...

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