Plan your visit

Admission to the Museum, café and grounds is FREE
Opening times

1 March to 31 October,
weekends and bank holidays, 10am to 5pm
Plus Wednesdays, May to September
(Last admission is at 4pm).

Location and parking

There are brown signs from the A140. 17 miles south of Norwich and 26 miles north of Ipswich turn off the A140 at the Dickleburgh bypass to Thorpe Abbotts.
Ample free parking for bikes, cars and coaches.

  • Norwich 30 minutes
  • Thetford 40 minutes
  • Bury St Edmunds 40 minutes
  • Ipswich 40 minutes


The museum café offers a selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes and confectionary. It is based in an atmospheric Quonset, or Nissen hut and offers a warm welcome. There are picnic tables and a covered area for picnics on rainy days.


We are happy to offer welcome talks and film presentations for groups.

Entry is free but we recommend you book in advance so we can help you get the most out of your visit.

Click here to request information or call 01379 740708.


There is level access to the extensive ground floor displays, café and shop. First floor displays are not wheelchair accessible. Please call for more details.

Getting here from London

For those of you travelling to the area via London, including visitors flying in to London airports, you will need to take the London Underground (TUBE) to Liverpool Street station. From there you can catch a train to Norwich, which calls at Diss station. (This is where you need to get off.) Normally they run every 30 mins. From Diss, it is a short taxi ride to the museum. Further info can be found here.

Other good places to visit near by

Your museum visit will take 2 to 3 hours. If you want to make a day of it, here are some other interesting places near by.

  • Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum at Flixton
  • Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens
  • The historic towns of Bungay and Diss

Places to stay

A list of some local B&B's and hotels can be found on our LINKS page.

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