The Charles Burrell Museum, housed in Burrells original paint shop.
Tells the story of the Charles Burrell Works a Thetford business that once employed 350 people and supplied beautiful and reliable steam-powered engines throughout the world. Burrells built traction engines, agricultural machinery, steam trucks wagons and tram engines, thriving until the internal combustion engine took over from steam power. More details at Charles Burrell Museum.
Dad's Army Museum
Filmed in Thetford, Dad’s Army was one of the most popular TV comedies of the 1960’s and 70’s. The museum is full of memorabilia from the show and of the era depicted. Run and maintained by volunteers the museum has free admittance every Saturday. More details can be found at Dads Army Thetford.
Thetford Forest is a patchwork of pines, heathland and broadleaves.
Providing the ideal setting for a great day out, and a welcome refuge for a rich variety of animal and plant life. Offering lot’s of trails to walk down, hire some bikes and have a ride through the forest with your family. Stop by and sit up, enjoy the sun and have a picnic with your children then let them go play while you watch some of the act’s. Or even take the on the GoApe experience climbing through the forest along the tree tops. A brilliant range of facilitys including catering, bike hire and a gift shop! More details at High Lodge.
Banham Zoo housing birds, domestic livestock, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates and ﬁsh.
A great place for all the family with over 2000 animals in almost 50 acres of parks and gardens. Open daily from 9.30am. More details can be found at Banham Zoo.
The English Whisky Company - Why England? Why not?
We have fantastic water in the Breckland aquifer beneath our feet, we have the barley, the maltings, the yeast and now the distillery. A tour and shop are available. More details can be found at English Whisky.
These are just a few of the great things to do in and around Thetford and below are a few more links to websites that may be of interest to make the most of your stay
The Priory, One of the most important East Anglian monasteries, it was founded in 1103 by Roger Bigod, 1st Earl of Norfolk, and dedicated to Our Lady.
In the 13th century, the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared in a vision to locals requesting the addition to the site of a Lady Chapel. During its construction, the old statue of her on the site was discovered to have a hollow in its head concealing saints'relics, and became a magnet for pilgrims. It housed the tombs of the Howard dynasty, of Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset, and of other early Tudor Dynasty officials. Even this could not save the priory from the Dissolution of the Monasteries and, on its closure in 1540. More details at English Heritage.
The Ancient House Museum, Set in a handsome Tudor house with 21st century displays, this museum tells the remarkable story of Thetford & 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. Children get to dress up in Tudor and Victorian clothing and there’s a charming Tudor knot garden to bask in on sunny days. • Family events • Access to reserve collections can be arranged. Recommended notice, one week • Exhibitions programme • Regular ‘Knit and Knatter’ group • Adult art and craft days • Living history days More details at Ancient House Museum.
The forests are host to a range of fantastic Go Ape adventures. Bring out your inner tarzan with Go Ape's original tree top experience or go off-road with Forest Segways.
Under 10's can also get a piece of the action with Go Ape Tree Top Junior! Thetford forest has loads of live events all across the year, hosting people such as Rebecca Ferguson, The Pogues and Madness more details at Go Ape.
Nunnery Lakes Reserve is the BTO’s only reserve and lies in the valley of the River Thet and Little Ouse.
Home to a wide range of wild life, including several rare or endangered species. About 60 species of bird breed here or pass through during all four seasons. Other wild life include Roe Deer, Otter, Grass Snake, Common Lizard and wide variety of Butterﬂies and Dragon Flies. More details can be found at BTO Reserve.
Grime’s Graves is the only Neolithic flint mine open to visitors in Britain.
This grassy lunar landscape of 400 pits was first named Grim’s Graves by the Anglo- Saxons. It was not until one of them was excavated in 1870 that they were identified as flint mines dug over 5,000 years ago. A small exhibition area illustrates the history of this fascinating site. Visitors can descend 9 metres (30 ft) by ladder into one excavated shaft to see the jet-black flint. Set amid the distinctive Breckland heath landscape, Grime’s Graves is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a habitat for rare plants and fauna. More details can be found at Grimes Graves.