LavenhamLavenham, in the south-west corner of Suffolk.
One of the finest examples of a medieval wool town. Most of the houses were built between 1450 and 1500 and are in a remarkable state of preservation. Walking through Lavenham is like walking through a movie set - the half-timbered houses and pastel coloured cottages lean against one another in street after street. Several of the buildings, including the Guildhall, are open to the public and contain displays of life in a mediaeval English wool town.
Lavenham was the 14th wealthiest town in England in 1524, with 33 cloth making businesses and was richer than Lincoln and York, when the church was being rebuilt (1486-1515) and the Guildhall of Corpus Christi completed(1529). Lavenham's position as a manufacturing town of national importance is hard to imagine when you see the quiet, rural charm of the village today.
By carFrom London, follow M11 exit 8 A120 to Braintree, A131 to Halstead and Sudbury, then B1115 to Lavenham.
From North, Take A134 from Bury St Edmunds then A1141 to Lavenham.
By trainThe town no longer has a railway station (the station being closed for passengers in 1961). The nearest train station is
address: Station Rd, Sudbury, CO10 6SUAt the end of a branch line (marketed as the Gainsborough Line) from the main Norwich to London Liverpool St line at Marks Tey. The journey between Sudbury and Marks Tey takes 20 minutes, with stops at Bures station, and Chappel & Wakes Colne station. Station managed by and services operated by Greater Anglia.
By busChambers Buses 753 run hourly from Colchester train station or Bury St Edmunds Bus Station - Mondays to Saturdays.
By bicycleThe town in on National Cycle Route 13 (London to Fakenham) running through Bury St Edmunds to the N (where it connects to National Cycle Route 51 and to Colchester to the S where it connects with National Cycle Route 1.
The town is small enough to see on foot.
Most of the village can be seen in a 10-15 minute walk, but visiting the Guild Hall needs longer.
phone: +44 1787 248207address: Lady St, Lavenham, CO10 9RA
phone: +44 1787 247646address: Market Place, Lavenham, CO10 9QZ
phone: +44 1787 248341address: Market Place, Lavenham, C010 9QZ14th century house (one of oldest in the town)
address: Church Sr, Lavenham, CO10 9QT
Guided Tour of Lavenhamphone: +44 1787 248207address: Tourist Information Centre, Lady St, Lavenham CO10 9RA
Co-opphone: +44 1787 247242address: 80a High St, Lavenham, CO10 9PT
phone: +44 1787 247431address: Market Place, Lavenham, CO10 9QZ'Britain's Best Restaurant with Rooms of the Year 2009' according to The Good Hotel Guide. Small boutique hotel & restaurant.
phone: +44 1787 247477address: High St, Lavenham, CO10 9QALavish restaurant with a good choice of wine by the glass and choice of food for vegetarians
phone: +44 1787 249001address: 91 High St, Lavenham, CO10 9PZCraft Ice Creams
phone: +44 178 7249431address: 2 Church St, Lavenham, CO10 9QT
phone: +44 1787 249553address: 97 High St, Lavenham, CO10 9PZ
phone: +44 1787 247388address: Market Place, Lavenham, CO10 9QZ
phone: +44 1787 249438address: 10 Lady St, Lavenham, CO10 9RA
phone: +44 1787 827330address: 37 Church St, Lavenham, CO10 9SA
The centre of the town has several high end self-catering houses for rental, normally for several day or longer stays.
phone: +44 1787 247431address: Market Place, Lavenham, CO10 9QZis a fine small boutique hotel with a highly renowned restaurant.
phone: +44 1787 248533address: The Common, Lavenham, CO10 9PGFree Wi-Fi. Bicycle hire
Mobile Post Office Serviceaddress: Lavenham Village Hall, Church St, Lavenham, CO10 9QT