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Thetford is a town in Norfolk, England.


Thomas Paine Statue

Thetford is noted for being the birthplace of Thomas Paine, where a statue of him stands on King Street. The external scenes for the British comedy TV series Dad's Army were filmed in and around the town's flint buildings.

Get in[edit]

Map of Thetford

By road[edit]

The town lies on the Norwich to Newmarket A11 road. The A134 main road connects the town to King's Lynn to the N and to Bury St Edmunds to the S. The A1066 connects the town to Diss in the E.

By rail[edit]

  • 1 Thetford Station, Station Road, Thetford, IP24 1AH. On the Breckland line connecting the town to Norwich to the E (usually 2 trains per hour) and Cambridge to the W (usually 1 train per hour) and to London Liverpool St to the S (usually 1 train per hour). Thetford railway station (Q2691707) on Wikidata Thetford railway station on Wikipedia

By bicycle[edit]

On foot[edit]

  • 1 Peddars Way. (46 miles) long distance footpath ends 4 miles from the town in 1 Knettishall Heath. Running northwards from the town the path meets the Norfolk Coast Path in Hunstanton. Peddars Way (Q2066153) on Wikidata Peddars Way on Wikipedia
  • 2 Icknield Way. long distance footpath (110 miles) from Ivinghoe Beacon in Chiltern Hills) also ends in Knettishall Heath though includes a Thetford link taking walkers into the town. The Icknield Way is probably the oldest road in Britain, dating back to prehistoric times. Icknield Way Path (Q12060665) on Wikidata Icknield Way Path on Wikipedia
  • 3 Angles Way. (93 miles) long distance footpath runs to the town from Great Yarmouth Angles Way (Q4763379) on Wikidata Angles Way on Wikipedia

Get around[edit]

Nuns' Bridges

The town has a number of car parks, many free for a limited time. See Thetford Car Parks.

There are a number of local bus services.

The central town is small enough to see on foot.


Thetford Priory
Captain Mainwaring Statue from Dad's Army TV series
Ancient House
  • 1 Grimes Graves, Prehistoric Flint Mine, Lynford, IP26 5DE, +44 1842 810656. adults £3.50, children £2.10, concessions £3.20. Grime's Graves (Q638485) on Wikidata Grime's Graves on Wikipedia
  • 2 Ancient House Museum, White Hart St, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 1AA, +44 1842 752599. Apr–Sept: Tu–Sa 10:00–17:00. Oct–Mar: Tu–Sa 10:00–16:00. his museum situated on White Hart Street, is an oak-framed Tudor merchant's house. The museum holds replicas of the Thetford Treasure and has displays about flint knapping, rabbit warreners and wildlife in the brecks. You can also find out more about Thomas Paine and the Maharajah Duleep Singh. The Ancient House was gifted to the town by Prince Frederick Duleep Singh. £4.35 (adult). £3.50 (child). Other rates available.. Ancient House Museum (Q17535143) on Wikidata
  • 3 Statue of Captain Mainwaring (From the TV Series Dad's Army), Anchor Court, Thetford, IP24 2AZ (Beside bridge where Bridge St crosses Little Ouse river opposite Bell Hotel).
  • 4 Dad's Army Museum, The Old Fire Station, Cage Lane, Thetford, IP24 2DS, +44 7562 688641 (mobile), . Sa (Spring to Nov) and Tu (Norfolk school holidays) 10am to 3pm. Free. Dad's Army Museum (Q20744023) on Wikidata Dad's Army Museum on Wikipedia
  • 5 Thetford Priory, Water Lane, Thetford, IP24 1BB. Apr-Sept: daily 08:00-18:00. Oct-Mar 08:00-16:00. Thetford Priory (Q7783570) on Wikidata Thetford Priory on Wikipedia
  • 6 Thetford Warren Lodge, Brandon Rd, Thetford. Daylight hours. Thetford Warren Lodge (Q17662801) on Wikidata



  • 1 Tesco Express (Convenience Store), 8 Norwich Rd, Thetford, IP24 2HT, +44 345 026 9373. Daily 06:00-23:00. ATMs.
  • 2 Tesco (Superstore), Kilverstone, Thetford, IP24 2RL, +44 345 677 9681. M 06:00-00:00. Tu-Sa 24 hrs. Su 10:00-16:00. Petrol. Pharmacy. ATMs. Wi-Fi. Cafe.
  • 3 Sainsbury's (Supermarket), Forest Retail Park, London Rd Thetford, IP24 3QL, +44 1842 754580. M-Sa 08:00-22:00. Su 10:00-16:00. Petrol station & Pharmacy (different opening hours).


  • 1 Dominos Pizza (Pizza Take-away/delivery), 18/18a Well St, Thetford, IP24 2BL, +44 1842764445. Daily 11:00-23:00.
  • 2 The Mulberry, 11 Raymond St, Thetford, IP24 2EA, +44 1842 824 122. Tu-Sa 18:00-. Mediterranean & English style food. Locally sourced ingredients.
  • 3 Chase (Pub & restaurant), Newtown, Thetford, IP24 3BN, +44 1842 763609, . Bar: M-Th 11:00-23:00. F 11:00-00:00. Sa 10:00-00:00. Su 10:00-23:00. Food: M-F 11:00-22:00. Sa-Su 10:00-22:00. Free Wi-Fi.
  • 4 Zaks (American Diner), Castle St, Thetford, IP24 2DP, +44 1842 750834. Daily 09:00-late (managers discretion).
  • 5 Croxton Fish Bar (Take-away), 10 Anna Gurney Close, Thetford, IP24 1TA, +44 1842 766427. Tu-Sa 11:30-14:00 & 16:00-21:30.
  • 6 The Warrener (Pub & restaurant), Lynn-Wood, Brandon Rd, Thetford, IP24 3PG, +44 1842 826 120. M-F 06:30-23:00. Sa 07:00-23:00. Su 07:00-22:30.


  • 1 The Red Lion (Pub), Market Pl, Thetford, IP24 2AL, +44 1842 757210. M-Th 08:00-23:00. F Sa 08:00-00:00. Su 08:00-23:00.. Wi-Fi. Grade II listed building.
  • 2 Costa Coffee, 14 King St, Thetford, IP24 2AP. M-Sa 08:00-18:00. Su 09:00-17:00..
  • 3 Green Dragon (Pub), 5 Market Place, Thetford, IP24 2AJ, +44 1842 753111.
  • 4 The Black Horse (Pub), 64 Magdalen St, Thetford, IP24 2BP, +44 1842 762717. Grade II listed building.


Stay healthy[edit]


Thetford and its approach roads have 4G from all UK carriers. As of Sept 2022, 5G has not reached this area.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Thetford
NewmarketMildenhall  SW  NE  AttleboroughNorwich

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