Thetford is a unique hub of both historical and natural significance. Once the ancient capital of East
Anglia and situated at the heart of the unique Brecks natural area, this market town offers plenty for any type of visitor to discover.
England's entire history is mapped out across the town, and some of the most amazing characters from the past have been to Thetford over the last 2,000 years.The infamous warrior queen Boudica
built Gallows Hill before leading the revolt against the Romans - Iron Age Thetford was heavily
associated with the Iceni tribe.
During its time as the Saxon capital of East Anglia, Thetford was home to its own mint, with its coins being found as far afield as Scandinavia.
Revolutionery Thomas Paine was born in the town, which was also home Maharajah Duleep Singhs t
( a friend of Queen Victoria and the owner of the world's largest diamond). That's just the tip of the iceberg - you really have to visit Thetford to appreciate its unique and diverse heritage.
Things to see:
The Ancient House Museum is a Grade 1 listed Tudor merchant 's house which tells the remarkable
story of Thetford and the Brecks through a rich collection of artefacts as well as audio guides, films and animations.
White Hart Street - Thetford, Norfolk IP 24 1 AA Tel: 01842752599
Nature lovers will jump at the chance to explore Thetford Forest, Britain's largest lowland pine forest.
The forest is well known for its scarce breeding birds and mountain biking trails, and also offers a variety of visitor facilities. Enjoy a picnic, keep the kids occupied in the adventure playground and maze, and treat yourself to a cake from the tea room. Concerts are also held in the forest, which was
previously seen the likes of Pulp and Jools Holland perform.
Feed & Drink
The Mulberry Restaurant provides English - Mediterranean bistro cuisine . Local produce ensures that the high - quality dishes served are on par with top London restaurants. It' no wonder that they
were awarded with a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013.
11, Raymond Street, Thetford, Norfolk IP 24 2 EA Tel: 01842824122
Built in 1694. The Dolphin Inn has always been a public house and is located in the atmospheric
historic centre of Thetford in clear view of the ancient castle hill. There are real ales on tap, including the Inn's own, and the menu specialities in no-frills pub.
Old Market Street, Thetford, Norfolk IP 24 2 EQ Tel: 01824762406
Places to Stay:
The Thomas Paine is a beautiful boutique style hotel situated within walking distance of many of the town's attractions and just ten minutes away from the station
33 White Hart Street, Thetford, Norfolk TAA - Tel: 018427611956