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Hotels in Thompson

Set just over 30-minutes' drive from the centre of Norwich lies the quiet rural parish of Thompson. This charming village is made up of around 150 dwellings and surrounded by beautiful woodland. For a break from hectic city life, choose one of our Thompson hotels and get to enjoy this area's exceptional scenery.

Local area

Thompson is mentioned in the Domesday Book and boasts an extremely rich history. The village has a number of thatched properties, many of which date from the 17th century, although one has its origins in the 14th century. Taking a stroll through the quiet village streets and soaking up Thompson's quiet and sleepy atmosphere is a true delight, especially for visitors used to far more noise and hubbub.

Thompson Common, managed by Norfolk Wildlife Trust, is situated to the east of the village and is particularly famous for its pingos – post-glacial depressions that were formed 20,000 years ago during the last ice age. More than 400 species of plants have been recorded here, along with numerous species of dragonflies and damselflies.

Anyone wanting to find out more about the pingos can follow The Great Eastern Pingo Trail, an eight-mile walk that takes in the eastern edge of an area known as The Brecks.

To the south of Thompson is Thetford Forest Park, also home to a rich variety of plants and wildlife. Make the most of the area's nature trails and cycling routes, or perhaps test your nerve by climbing up into the canopy to take part in Go Ape's high ropes course. Thetford is also used as one of the Forestry Commission's Forest Live venues, and a varied programme of music runs here throughout the summer months.

Eating and drinking

With a large number of outdoor activities to keep visitors to Thompson busy, it's a good job the area is home to plenty of quality pubs and restaurants. The Chequers Inn is situated right in the heart of the village and offers a great selection of local ales, fine wines and homemade food. The historic building dates from around 1600 to 1650.

The Dog and Partridge near Wretham is another traditional pub offering good food and drink, as is The Eagle nearby. Head north of Thompson to the market town of Watton to find a greater concentration of dining options. Fish and chips, plus Italian, Chinese and Indian restaurants can all be found here.

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