Thetford Warren Lodge was probably built around 1400 by the Prior of Thetford. This defensible lodge protected gamekeepers and hunting parties against armed poachers. Much later used by the local ‘warreners’ who harvested rabbits here.
Read more about the history of Thetford Warren Lodge.
Before You Go
How to Find it: The warren lodge is off the B1107 about 2 miles north west of Thetford. The access track has a brown sign for the warren lodge and is near Thetford Golf Club. Please be aware that the track has a dirt surface that can be a little rough in places (this track is not in English Heritage's care).
Parking: There is a small free car park on the track to access the site (this is not an English Heritage car park).
Access: The warren lodge is a 250-metre walk from the car parking area on dirt track.
Opening Times: There is no access to the interior of the warren lodge but the exterior can be viewed during any reasonable daylight hours and it is possible to view the ground floor interior through a grille in the doorway.
Facilities: There are no facilities at the warren lodge but it is two miles from the town of Thetford, and so there are public toilets, shops and places to eat nearby.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Plan a Great Day Out
Why not travel on to the fascinating Grime's Graves, eight miles to the north and the only Neolithic flint mine open to visitors in Britain?
Before that though it is very worth a visit to our two free-to-enter sites in the town of Thetford which is two miles to the southeast. Thetford Priory, one of the largest and most important monasteries in medieval East Anglia, was the burial site of the earls and dukes of Norfolk for nearly 400 years. And then half a mile from priory is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the only surviving priory of the Canons of the Holy Sepulchre in England.
For more ideas of places to visit in the area, visit the heritage-related pages on Thetford Town Council's website.