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
Parking: There is a small free car park on site.
Opening Times: The priory is open daily from 9am-4pm April until September and 8am-4pm from October until March. Pease note that these times differ from those listed in our 2020/1 Members' Handbook but these changes have been necessary since it was printed. View details.
Facilities: There are no facilities at the priory but it is close to the centre of Thetford so there are public toilets, shops and places to eat nearby.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
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.