See Buried Tanks at Titchwell in Norfolk
See Buried Tanks at Titchwell in Norfolk

See Buried Tanks at Titchwell in Norfolk

Step back in time and see the fascinating remains of Norfolk’s buried tanks at Titchwell Marsh!
Do you love war history? Then we’ve got the perfect activity for you stack – walk through the beautiful marshes of Titchwell and marvel at the buried WW2 tanks. The area was previously used as a shooting range for the Royal Tank Regiment, but now hide the ruins of a hidden war bunker and the remains of two Covenanter tanks!

 

Where are the buried tanks in Norfolk?

You'll find the remains of the WW2 tanks at Titchwell Marsh, an RSPB nature reserve. By car, you can take the first left after driving eastwards along the A149 through Thornham village, following the brown tourist signs. There is also a bus stop just outside the reserve.

Titchwell is popular among Norfolk locals for a good walk, but if you venture through the reserve, across the reedbeds and the marshland, you will reach one of Eastern England’s most fascinating historical sites. Titchwell was originally used as a military firing range during the Second World War, and remnants of its past can be seen on the beach today, with crumbling pillboxes and the occasional sight at low tide of the remains of two Covenanter tanks! Towards the end of the West Bank path, looking out to Titchwell beach, as well as at Thronam Point, you’ll find the remains of old RAF control towers, built during the 1950’s as part of their aircraft firing range.

Titchwell Beach History

If the tanks aren’t enough, you can go even further back in time at Titchwell, as at low tide, you can see the remains of a petrified forest. This forest, thousands of years ago, is the remains of Britain’s attachment to mainland Europe, known as ‘Doggerland’. At this time, the area was so vastly connected that our ancestors could have walked across to Germany!

The ruins of the war bunker, as you emerge from the path onto the beach, are often home to an amazing number of starfish, so make sure to bring along your young explorers. Walk for miles along the sand, or spend a few hours wildlife spotting and have a picnic in the dunes.

  • Admission:
    Adults £5
    Children £2.50
    Free entrance for first child
    Free entrance for under 5s
    Student £3.75 (with valid NUS card)
  • Opening times:
    Nature reserve: open daily, at all times.
    Car park: open daily, at all times.
    Welcome Hub: open daily, 9.30am-4.30pm.
    Shop: open daily, 9.30am-4.30pm.
    Café: open daily, 9.30am-4.30pm.
  • Paths available for wheelchair users.

Things to do near Norfolk

Relax Around Nature at RSPB Nature Reserve in Titchwell

If you’re looking to get outdoors, then we’ve got the perfect day out for your stack! Titchwell Marsh is a spectacular nature reserve, where you’ll find an amazing array of wildlife and diverse landscapes, from lush ...

Famous Sunken Trawler Ship The Sheraton at Hunstanton in Norfolk

Built in 1907 by Cook, Welton and Gemmell of Beverley, the Steam Trawler Sheraton was initially used as a fishing vessel but was later used for boom defence work during the First World War and as ...

Norfolk Lavender – A Garden and Café dedicated to Lavender!

Visit Norfolk Lavender to see around 100 acres of lavender fields and an oil distillery, plus on-site gift shops and restaurant. Norfolk Lavender are a historic Lavender Farm with an extensive Gift Shop and Plant Centre. ...

Visit Bircham Windmill – one of the best preserved windmills in the UK

Standing in the heart of Norfolk’s undulating fields, Bircham Windmill now looks as it did over 100 years ago. At that time over 300 mills ground corn for horse & cattle feed and bread-making in Norfolk. Today, ...

The World’s Smallest Public Railway – Norfolk

All aboard! Funstackers if you’re passionate about railways, you’re in for a treat with this popular attraction! Enjoy a big day out on the world’s smallest public railway with a journey on the Wells & Walsingham ...

Langham Dome: a tiny, magical museum in Norfolk

One of Norfolk’s most unusual monuments: Langham Dome stands on the edge of a ghost airfield close to the coast and looks very much like a tiny planetarium,  like a chocolate bombe or a steamed pudding, ...

Shark Diving in Skegness

Ever wanted to swim with sharks? For all of those water babies out there, you can now go to Skegness and swim and get up close and personal with them! At the Skegness aquarium, you can ...

Animal Sanctuary in Lincolnshire

Are you an animal lover? At Natureland seal sanctuary, you will get the opportunity to visit a wide range of animals that are being taken care of and rehabilitated. You will get to learn what they ...

Lynn Museum Norfolk

The museum was founded in 1844 by members of the Lynn Conversazione and Society of Arts who wanted ‘the establishment of an institution so well calculated to improve the taste of the inhabitants of the town ...

Stay in Cley Windmill!

Featured in The Telegraph as the best romantic hotel in Norfolk, Cley Windmill combines the novelty and character of a beautiful early 18th Century windmill (in a fantastic North Norfolk coast location), with sensitively designed interiors and locally ...

Visit the Enchanting Seashell Museum

If you are looking for something unique to see how about a visit down to the shell museum? The Shell Museum in Glandford is the oldest purpose-built museum in Norfolk and houses the finest seashell collection ...

Hand Applique Workshop in Norfolk

Are you a creative person looking for your newest creative outlet? Why not have a go at hand applique and head over to the Eau Brink Studio in Norfolk for a workshop. As part of this ...