East Anglia Spotlight: Lavenham, Suffolk

The unique village of Lavenham is one of the best preserved Medieval villages in the UK. Once the epicentre for the wool trade, Lavenham boasts an array of interesting buildings to visit alongside hotels, restaurants and cafés.

Where to go

Lavenham Guildhall

There are many historical building to enjoy, among them Lavenham Guildhall. Formally known as the Guildhall of Corpus Christi and is one of the finest timber-framed buildings in England dating from around 1530.

It was originally built on the back of the booming cloth industry as a religious meeting place for wealthy Catholic merchants. During its colourful history the Guildhall has also been used as a prison, a workhouse, a pub, a chapel and a social club for US troops stationed nearby during the Second World War.

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Top tip: Harry Potter

DeVere House

Harry Potter fans will want to seek out De Vere House. This 14th century cottage was used (along with Lavenham Guildhall) as Harry Potter's original home in Godric's Hollow in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1'.

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Where to eat

Munnings Tea room

For fine dining head to The Bildeston Crown which features in The Good Food Guide. For quality classic food in a contemporary stilled bar try The Lavenham Greyhound. Lavenham is also home to several tea rooms including the vintage styled Lavenham Blue Tearooms and the charming Munnings Tea Room at the Crooked House.

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Where to stay

The Swan at Lavenham

The historical Swan at Lavenham one of the finest hotels in Suffolk.  The perfect combination of The 15th century charm and contemporary sophistication, The Swan at Lavenham offers fine accommodation, first-class dining, traditional afternoon tea and an award-winning spa. You will be sure to enjoy your stay.

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Out and About

Long Melford

Stretch your legs and take a self-guided walk from Lavenham to Long Melford largely following the route of the old Great Eastern Lavenham to Long Melford railway. The National Trust walk takes you through woods and open fields to Long Melford.

This delightful historical cloth village boasts the longest main street in Britain at 2.5 miles! Dotted along are several antique shops that are well worth a browse and many places to stop for refreshments along the way!

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