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Thetford Location: Norfolk (Breckland), Eastern England, England, United Kingdom.

Thetford Post Code: IP24-26

Dialling Code for Thetford: 01842

Population of Thetford: 21,588 (2011 Census)

Thetford Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TL8783

Thetford A Visitors Guide - The Historical Royal Home of Boudica and James I: Thetford is a medium-sized town that's situated within the forest parks which share its name and it is found on the primary A11 highway between Norwich and Cambridge. Home to a population of just under 25,000 residents, Thetford is a busy market town having a heritage extending back about 2 millennia.

Boudica or Boadicea, was Queen of the Iceni through her marriage to King Prasutagus in the first century AD. The Iceni tribe inhabited the English area we currently refer to as East Anglia, and the seat of their power was located in and around the forests of Thetford. From here they engaged in raids on the Roman invaders until such time as their activities were quashed on orders of the Roman Emperor. Thetford remained an important town following the demise of Boudica and it has been in continuous occupation in some form or other since then. In the late 1970s a hoard of treasure was discovered not far from the town that dated back to the fourth century. That collection of Celtic inscribed, pendants, necklaces, rings and additional items is currently on permanent display in the British Museum in Bloomsbury London and is among the most significant finds in Great Britain.

Bridge over the Little Ouse - - 1028483The town is found at the meeting place of two rivers, the Thet (which it was named after) and the River Little Ouse. It was a valuable crossing for those venturing into the East of England and the Thet ford crossing (ford) was implemented as the title of the town that grew up there in order to cater for the thirsty and exhausted travellers. In these days Thetford continues to be a convenient halting place for those driving on the A11 road and provides a variety of eateries and cafes to choose from should you wish to steer clear of the motorway type services and fast food outlets found on the roundabouts and services of the main road.

The interesting stone buildings in the town centre include the picturesque King's House which was once the royal residence of James the First. The building and its substantial gardens were awarded to the citizens of Thetford by George Wild Staniforth who wished to make sure there was a place that all the local people could benefit from. The main building is utilized by the Town Council while the King's House Gardens are open to everybody and also are a favourite position for wedding photographs in the stunningly designed gardens. Another fine structure is set on White Hart Street and known as the Ancient House Museum, it's a historic oak-framed Tudor merchant's house that now holds replicas of the previously mentioned Thetford Treasure Hoard and more displays regarding local history.

Market days are Saturdays and Tuesdays in Thetford and the stalls that are set up in Market Place entice a huge number of visitors weekly who go there to purchase fresh produce from local farmers and other sellers. Vehicle parking isn't easy on these days, consequently make sure you arrive ahead of time to grab a parking place. The area of the markets have been the same since Thetford was issued its market town charter in the 17th century and when looking around at the Norfolk flint walls and oak framed buildings you will really sense the history of the town around you. If you do come along on Market Day and need an escape from the spending, you will want to pop along to Cage Ln and the Old Fire Station for an different experience. The BBC comedy show, "Dad's Army" was based in the fictional town of Walmington-On-Sea, however a number of the exterior locations were recorded in and close to the town of Thetford. The Old Fire Station currently is home to the brilliant Dad's Army Museum with many different exhibits from the show and it in addition runs guided tours of the town including a chance to sit next to Captain Mainwaring, or at least the statue of the character which was unveiled in 2007.

Should you like your leisure time to be a lot more fast-paced then merely 10 miles east of Thetford sits Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit. At Snetterton you're able to be involved in race days, supercar experiences and test out your talents with both two and four wheeled high performance motors on the renowned high speed circuit. Having a jam-packed calendar abundant in events for true petrol heads, it happens to be an awesome day out and only a few minutes from Thetford town centre.

As a rural location, the town is blessed with some of England's darkest skies rendering it a recommended place for star-gazing. Every year, in close proximity to Thetford, the Autumn Equinox Festival of Astronomy takes place and draws in a great number of professional and amateur astronomers because of its lack of light pollution and simple access from around the UK. Best known as the "Thetford Star Party" this is a great way to be informed on astronomy from the specialists and watch the wonders of the Universe.

Getting to the town of Thetford is without question an easy task since it has been known as the portal to the county of Norfolk for 100s of years. The recent changes to the A11 road into a dual carriageway has made travelling by automobile or bus faster and simpler and Norwich can be driven to in less than thirty minutes and even London, 86 miles (one hundred forty kilometers) south is still within an acceptable driving distance for a days excursion. Thetford is accessible by rail and is linked via a direct service between Cambridge and Norwich together with supplying routes to London, Sheffield, Manchester and Nottingham.

The handiest airport can be found in Norwich, 37 miles east of Thetford, or for even a superior choice of airplane routes to Europe and beyond, Stansted Airport is a mere 50 miles southwards down the M11 and can also be gotten to in less than an hour and a half by an efficient and fast train service that stops beside the air terminal.

A selection of Thetford streets and roads: Eliot Close, Redgate, Telford Way, Mill Lane, Haling Way, Duncan Close, Saxon Place, Elizabeth Watling Close, Barley Way, Caxton Way, Green Lane, Faraday Place, Miller's Lane, Rowan Close, Pike Lane, Brickfields Way, Jellicoe Place, Mackenzie Road, Poppy Close, Almond Grove, Kimms Belt, Newtown, Primrose Close, Claxton Close, Shakespeare Way, Ripon Way, Lincoln Way, Valerian Rise, Norfolk Road, St Margaret's Crescent, Windmill Close, The Wrens, Milton Close, Croxton Road, Tottington Close, Sturdee Close, Rampart Way, The Sidings, Leyland Close, Keats Close, Burrell Way, Harwood Avenue, Well Street, Millicent Oliver Close, The Glade, Wheatacres, Abbeygate, Anne Bartholomew Road, Coltsfoot Way, Oak Close, Birch Covert.

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Thetford: Lackford Lakes, Bury Bowl, Ely Cathedral, Go Ape at Thetford Forest, Wangford Warren, Banham Zoo, Ely Spy Mission Treasure Trail, Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, Sedgeway Equestrian Centre, Treetops Soft Play, West Stow Country Park, Market Weston Fen, Grimes Graves, Go Ape Tree Top Junior, Planet Zoom, Kelk Meadows, Whiterails Livery Yard, Forest Park Riding Centre, Fun 2 Play, Curious About Ely, Lakenheath Poors Fen, National Dragonfly Project, Bardwell Windmill, Go Ape Forest Segway, Breckland Leisure Centre, Brandon Country Park, Monsters Ltd Indoor Play Centre, Gooderstone Water Gardens & Nature Trail, Knettishall Heath Country Park, Weeting Heath, Church Farm Stow Bardolph.

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