Local attractions and places to visit near Thetford & The Thomas Paine Hotel


The Light Cinema

Catch all of the latest and greatest blockbuster hits in Thetford at the light cinema whilst enjoying your stay with us.


The world famous Snetterton Racing circuit is less than 20 minutes drive away.  This superb track is definitely one of the most popular local attractions and is the host to many Motorsport events including:

  • British Touring Cars

  • Superbikes

  • F3

  • Supertrucks

  • Vintage

High Lodge Thetford Forest

WildPlay at High Lodge offers something for children of every age and ability. Lots of great play equipment will keep them busy for hours – Follow that Sound trail, sand play, giant swings and outdoor pyramid slides.
To discover Thetford Forest on foot, try the pine trail, the Nature trail or go on the six-mile Fir trail linked with the Beech trail – all follow wide open paths. Practise your map reading skills on our orienteering course.

Duleep Singh

Discover the history of Duleep Singh at Thetford, Queen Victoria’s Maharajah.

Thetford Forest

Thetford Forest is only a 10 minute drive from the hotel, a patchwork of pines, heathland and broadleaves providing the ideal setting for a great day out.  A welcome refuge for a rich variety of animals and plant life.

Go Ape

Go Ape, the UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure.  Enjoy Award-Winning outdoor activities and days out in our forests.

Experience the Tree Top AdventureForest Segways and Tree Top Junior.  Only a 10 minute drive from the hotel.

Dads Army Museum Thetford

Museum showing the story of the television series, Dad’s Army, in which Thetford became Walmington on Sea.

Leaping Hare Thetford Tourist Information Centre

Leaping Hare is the home of the Thetford Tourist Information Centre and they operate a box-office for many events in and around Thetford.  They are situated in the Town Centre at 20 King Street and are open 5 days a week from 10am -3pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Newmarket Racecourses

Newmarket’s two magical racecourses, The Rowley Mile and The July Course, together form the greatest venue in the East of England. The exhilarating excitement of world class flat racing, pulsating music nights, great value family days – Newmarket Racecourses has it all.

Charles Burrell Museum

Cherishing a golden age of engineering and agriculture.

This museum, housed in Burrells original paint shop, tells the story of the Charles Burrell Works.  A Thetford business that once employed 350 people and supplied beautiful and reliable steam-powered engines throughout the world.

Burrells built traction engines, agricultural machinery, steam trucks wagons and tram engines, thriving until the internal combustion engine took over from steam power.

Displays include fine engines and agricultural machinery alongside recreations of parts of the original works such as the foundry and the machine shop.