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

Post Code for Thetford: IP24-26

Thetford Dialling Code: 01842

Thetford Population: 21,588 (Census 2011)

Thetford Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TL8783

Thetford East Anglia A Tourists Guide - The Historic Royal Home of King James and Boudica: Thetford is a modest town which is nestled among the forest parks which bear its name and it is found on the primary A11 road between Cambridge and Norwich. Providing a home to a population of just under 25,000 inhabitants, Thetford is an attractive market town with a story going back approximately 2,000 years.

Boadicea or Boudica, was Queen of the Iceni by her marriage to King Prasutagus in the 1st century. The Iceni tribe controlled the English area we now refer to as East Anglia, their seat of power was in and around the Thetford Forest. It was from there that they conducted assaults on the Roman invaders until finally their capers were terminated on orders of the Roman Emperor. Thetford was still an important town in spite of the fall of their Queen and King and it has been in continuous occupation in some form since then. In the late 1970s a treasure hoard was uncovered not far from the town which dates from the 4th century. This hoard of Celtic pendants, rings, spoons and various items is on permanent display in the British Museum in Bloomsbury London and is considered one of the most important finds in the country.

Bridge over the Little Ouse - - 1028483Thetford is found on the meeting place of 2 rivers, the Little Ouse and the River Thet after which it was named. It was a vital crossing for those travelling into East Anglia and the Thet ford crossing (ford) was utilized as the name of the town which appeared here to cater for the hungry and exhausted travellers. In these modern times the town continues to be a fitting halting point for motorists on the A11 road offering numerous eateries and coffee shops from which to pick should you want to avoid the motorway style services and fast food outlets found on the services and roundabouts of the main road that links Cambridge and Norwich.

The elegant stone buildings of the town centre of Thetford include the delightful King's House formerly the royal palace of King James I. The extensive gardens and the palace were gifted to the residents of the town by George Staniforth (a retired businessman) who wished to make sure there was a place that all towns' people could appreciate. The key building is utilized by the Town Council and the King's House Gardens are accessible to everybody and are a favoured position for wedding photographs amongst the beautifully designed gardens. One other fine building is located on White Hart St and called the Ancient House Museum, it's a classic oak-framed Tudor merchant's house which now exhibits reproductions of the above mentioned Thetford Treasure and various exhibits about local history.

Market days are Saturdays and Tuesdays in Thetford and stalls that are positioned in the market square bring in a large number of visitors each week who come to buy produce from farmers and other traders. Parking isn't easy on these days, therefore make sure that you get there ahead of time to reserve a parking place. The location of the markets have remained the same ever since the town was accorded its charter to stage a market in the 1800s and when you look around at the flint walls and wooden framed buildings you may actually feel the history of the town around you. If you do show up on Market Day in Thetford and need an escape from the buying frenzy, you need to check out the Old Fire Station in Cage Lane for an old fashioned treat. The television comedy show, "Dad's Army" set in the fictional Walmington-on-Sea, however did you know that the majority of the exterior locations were filmed in and around Thetford. The Old Fire Station currently is home to the fantastic Dad's Army Museum with a lot of exhibits from the treasured TV show and it in addition makes available guided tours of the area which include a chance to sit alongside Captain Mainwaring himself, or actually the statue of his character that was unveiled in 2007.

When you prefer your leisure time to be a touch more high-octane then only 16 kilometres to the east of the town lays Snetterton Circuit. Here you can be involved in race days, supercar experiences and test out your expertise with both 2 and 4 wheeled motor vehicles on the high speed race track. With a packed calendar brimming with events for genuine petrol heads, it is an exceptional outing and only a quick journey from Thetford town centre.

Being a rural locale, the town is blessed with some of the darkest skies in the United Kingdom rendering it an optimal location for star gazers. Each year, close to Thetford, the Autumn Equinox Festival of Astronomy takes place and draws a large number of amateur and professional astronomers because of its very low light pollution and straightforward access from anywhere in the UK. Also known as the "Thetford Star Party" it is a good way to find out about astronomy from professionals and see the wonder of the Universe.

Travelling to the town is without question comparatively easy because it has been around as the portal to Norfolk for thousands of years. The recent changes to the A11 into a dual carriageway has meant journeying by car or coach faster and easier and the city of Norwich can be reached in just half an hour and even London, eighty six miles (one hundred forty kilometres) south is still within acceptable driving distances for a day visit. Thetford town is accessible by railway and is linked by way of the direct service between Cambridge and Norwich along with providing links to London, Sheffield, Manchester and Nottingham.

The closest airport terminal is located in Norwich, thirty seven miles east of Thetford, or for more pick of air routes throughout Europe and beyond, Stansted Airport is barely 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwards along the motorway (M11) and can easily be got to within 1 hour 30 minutes by an efficient and fast rail service that halts right by the air terminal.

A selection of Thetford streets and roads: Prior Stephen Way, Pennycress Drive, Manse Court, Speedwell Close, Bury Road, St Mary's Court, Staniforth Road, Ethel Colman Way, New England Way, Mundford Road, Amelia Opie Way, Florence Barclay Close, Sturston Close, Croxton Road, Boston End, Fison Way, Glebe Close, Grove Lane, Brickfields Way, Dryden Close, Cuthbert Close, Lavender Court, Jellicoe Place, Hillary Road, Durham Way, Partridge Drive, Ben Culey Drive, Buttercup Close, Mallow Road, Miller's Lane, Highlands, Claxton Close, Birch Covert, Fir Road, Bridges Walk, Caraway Road, Thomas Paine Avenue, Brandon Road, Baird Way, Priory Park, The Glade, Poppy Close, Coney Close, Maine Street, Tennyson Way, Alder Covert, Shelley Way, Lincoln Way, Collingwood Way, Stephenson Way, Stanford Road.

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Thetford: Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, Chimney Mill Gallery, Mr Gs Bowling Centre, Go Ape Forest Segway, Ely Cathedral, Gooderstone Water Gardens & Nature Trail, Kings House Gardens, Kelk Meadows, High Lodge Thetford Forest Centre, Market Weston Fen, Burwell Museum, Go Ape at Thetford Forest, Bardwell Windmill, Bike Art, National Horse Racing Museum, Hulabaloos, Barton Mill, Moyse's Hall Museum, Scribbles Ceramics, Pashford Poors Fen, St Georges Distillery, Museum of East Anglian Life, Go Ape Tree Top Junior, Curve Motion, Ely Spy Mission Treasure Trail, Lackford Lakes, Curious About Ely, National Dragonfly Project, Strikes, Paint Pots, Knettishall Heath Country Park.

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