Lavenham is an ideal place to visit and indulge yourself – It has a fantastic year long calendar of events and festivals, award winning places to eat, great galleries and shops to browse and plenty to do and explore nearby. Perhaps the most famous of the wool towns, Lavenham once enjoyed such prominence that in the reign of Henry VIII it was ranked as one of the wealthiest town in England.
The appearance of the town has changed little over the years: half-timbered crooked houses lean impossibly over the narrow streets, while the magnificent Swan Hotel makes a striking feature on the beautiful High Street. The picturesque Market Place is home to the famous National Trust Lavenham Guildhall, Little Hall, as well as a host of shops, restaurants and our excellent Tourist Information Centre.
Lavenham has been described as the “finest medieval town in England” and has more than 300 buildings listed as being of architectural and historical interest. Despite being steeped in history, the town is bang up to date with what it has to offer the modern day visitor. An abundance of art galleries, independent lifestyle shops and boutiques, fine dining restaurants, bistros pubs and cafes. A real gem in the South & Heart of Suffolk, it is the perfect base to explore Suffolk’s countryside and coast.