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“Dad's Army Museum, Thetfrd, Norfolk. U.K.”
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Dad's Army Museum
Ranked #2 of 21 things to do in Thetford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Please bear in mind our opening hours are limited: 10am - 3pm Saturdays Easter to November & Tuesdays in Norfolk school holidays. Museum visits at other times by prior arrangement, subject to availability - we are a volunteer run organisation. For 9 years from 1968 Thetford, Norfolk became Walmington on Sea - home of Dad's Army. A guided location tour was launched in 2004 and proved so popular that a museum was founded in 2007. Housed in the Old Fire Station to the rear of the Guildhall - the building itself featured in several episodes as Walmington on Sea Town Hall - it is independently run by an enthusiastic platoon of volunteers. Over the years the museum has developed and expanded to include a 1940s inspired Marigold Tea Rooms. In 2010 a full size bronze statue of Captain Mainwaring was unveiled in the town by David Croft and in 2012 the original Jones's butcher's van returned home and is now residing with our good friends at Charles Burrell Museum, just a short walk away.
Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Dad's Army Museum, Thetfrd, Norfolk. U.K.”
Reviewed 26 May 2013

The Dad's Army, T.V. series, was filmed in Thetford for 9 years, as Warmington on Sea. A relatively new museum, run independently by enthusiastic volunteers, with Bill Pertwee as the Patron. It is only open Saturdays,...10am. - 3pm.... Easter to November and Tuesdays in School Holidays.or by appointment.
Although small there is a lot to see relating to the series, housed in the Guildhall, which featured as Warmington Town Hall.
Entry is free..
.but a Guided Tour of where the location filming of 'Warmington-on-Sea' took place.. for which there is a charge, which also includes a visit to see recently acquired Jones's Butchers Van, which is housed in the nearby Charles Burrell Museum. a chance to sit beside 'Captain Mainwarings seated statue...... and Tea and a ' Wartime Recipe Cake' in 'Marigolds Tea Room.
Booking for the tour is necessary ...to book your place on the next tour OR arrange a private/group tour.......coach parties welcome.
.info@dadsarmythetford.org.uk OR phone ...01842 751975.
We went as a group and proved to be a most enjoyable experience, the 'staff' were very friendly and helpful..
.A Must for any Dad's Army Fan. and the tea room provided our group a chance to reminisce.
There were plenty of unique souvenir gifts of the show/museum.

Visited April 2013
3 Thank Brenda C
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very Very nice”
Reviewed 26 May 2013

We are huge fans of Dad's army, so it was a absolute pleasure to visit this museum. A lot of effort is done to make this museum a real experience to the 'old' days.

Visited May 2013
Thank Ernst V
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Kent, England
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great museum”
Reviewed 21 May 2013

Well worth a visit, even if you're not particularly a DA fan. Nicel tea room with good food at almost wartime prices!

Visited May 2013
1 Thank SmileyMan4
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Nice little FREE museum”
Reviewed 5 May 2013

Title sums it up really. Lot's of interesting information about the show, characters, and the locations in and around Thetford. Run by friendly and knowledgable volunteers. Worth a visit.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank SpookH
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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461 reviews
277 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
“Free to access”
Reviewed 15 April 2013

Good small museum staff were friendly, if you like this sort of TV programme most interesting also if you like to see how it was made and history of area .

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Paul H
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