Hotels and Holiday Cottages in Thetford

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The Anchor Hotel Address: Bridge St, Thetford, tel:01842 763925

Tourist information

Thetford is often the first Norfolk town reached by travellers from London, and in Saxon times could boast that it was the capital of East Anglia. The prominent local Iceni tribe, led by their warrior-queen Boudicca, are famous for their violent revolt against the Romans, and Iceni fortifications have been found in the town, dating back to 500 BC.

By the Middle Ages Thetford was established as an important religious centre, only seceding its wealth and prestige with the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Much later, during the 1800s, Thetford regained some of its economic influence as a manufacturing base, with a foundry producing steam traction engines. The Charles Burrell Museum is now housed in the former paint shop on Minstergate, and includes many of the engines and machinery linked to the family engineering company.

Perhaps Thetford's best known son was the 18th-century philosopher, Thomas Paine, one of the founding fathers of the USA. His seminal works included Common Sense and the Rights of Man, and he was also a major influence on the French Revolution.

Indian prince Duleep Singh was the last Sikh Maharajah of the Punjab, and lived at Elveden Hall, having exchanged his territorial rights for the delights of a British pension. The man who gave the Koh-i-Noor diamond to Queen Victoria, for inclusion in the Crown Jewels, is buried in Elveden Church, and his local connections are further commemorated with a bronze statue in the centre of Thetford.

The traditional local market has been held in Thetford since the 11th century, and still takes place every Tuesday and Saturday; a farmers market is held in the town on the fourth Friday of each month.

Situated close to the Neolithic flint mines at Grimes Graves, which are believed to be the earliest major industrial site in Europe, Thetford is also near to the ancient Icknield Way; thought to be one of the oldest roads in Britain, its 105-mile track extends southwards as far as Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire, largely following green lanes along a well-appointed chalk spine, and linking the Ridgeway Path in the Chilterns to the East Anglian Peddars Way.

Run by the Forestry Commission, Thetford Forest is the largest lowland pine forest in Britain, and offers visits a great range of activities, including cycle tracks and nature trails, adventure playgrounds and a high ropes course. The High Lodge Forest Centre also presents open-air concerts and theatre productions during the Summer months.

The recently opened Dad's Army Trail commemorates the hit BBC tv series about the Home Guard. Filming took place in and around Thetford between 1967 and 1977.

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Charles Burrell Museum





Knettishall Heath Country Park

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