Thetford Priory

The remains of Thetford Priory.
Close up of a detailed archway.

Free Entry

Open 8am-6pm, daily, from April until September and 8am-4pm, daily, from October until March


Water Lane, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 1BB

Before You Go

The Priory of Our Lady of Thetford was one of the largest and most important monasteries in medieval East Anglia. Founded in the early 12th century, for 400 years it was the burial place of the Earls and Dukes of Norfolk, and enjoyed their powerful protection. It was because of this that Thetford was one of the last monasteries to be suppressed when it surrendered to Henry VIII's commissioners in 1540.

The extensive surviving remains include the lower walls of the church and cloister, together with the impressive shell of the prior's lodging and an almost complete 14th century gatehouse.

Managed by Thetford Town Council.

Read more about Thetford Priory's history.

Before You Go

Access: There is a small free car park on site.

Opening Times: The priory is open daily from 8am-6pm April until September and 8am-4pm from October until March. 

School Visits/Large Groups: Please contact Thetford Town Council on 0184 275 4038.

Plan a Great Day Out

A short walk from the priory is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the only surviving priory of the Canons of the Holy Sepulchre in England. Just outside Thetford you can also find Thetford Warren Lodge which once protected game keepers and hunting parties against armed poachers.

For more ideas of places to visit in the area visit Thetford's Great Heritage website.

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