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.

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