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About Lavenham

With its Tudor houses, crooked, half-timbered cottages and 15th Century Wool church, it’s easy to understand why the streets of Lavenham have been used as background for TV and films including Lovejoy and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

Known as England’s best preserved medieval village and one of Suffolk’s important wool towns, you can spend hours exploring one of the most picturesque villages in England.

Explore history at the stunning timber-framed Lavenham Guildhall, view one of England’s most beautiful and stately churches at St Peter and St Paul Church, and take in the wonderful 14th Century Little Hall, which is home to the Gayer-Anderson collection of fascinating pictures and artefacts.

Discover Lavenham’s tearooms and cafes, galleries, museums, and boutiques and be spoilt for choice with its unique restaurants.

Lavenham has a rich history to explore. It was one of the richest towns in Tudor England at the heart of the booming wool trade, thanks to the famous Lavenham Blues broadcloth.

The village also celebrates its strong American links. Lavenham airbase was famous for being the home of the 487th Bombardment Group of the 8th US Army Air Force, ‘The Mighty Eighth’.

The 487th flew 185 missions and more than 6,000 sorties whilst stationed at Lavenham during the Second World War. Today, the Airmen’s Bar at The Swan at Lavenham Hotel & Spa has lovingly preserved the airmen’s signatures on its wall and memorabilia.

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Places in Lavenham

Melford Hall National Trust

For over two centuries Melford Hall has been the much...


Lavenham Guildhall National Trust

Discover some wonderful stories from our character connections and fascinating...


Little Hall Lavenham

One of the oldest buildings in the best preserved of...

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Events in Lavenham

Lavenham Guided Walking Tours

31 Jul - 31 Dec
Meet in the foyer of The Swan Hotel, High Street, Lavenham, Sudbury CO10 9QA

Learn about the medieval cloth trade, see the former cloth...


Afternoon Tea Week at The Swan Lavenham

09 Aug - 15 Aug
The Swan at Lavenham Hotel & Spa

The Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spa knows just how...


Fleetwood Bac & Special Guest Private Eyes

10 Aug - 10 Aug
Lavenham Open Air Theatre, Bridge Street Road, Lavenham, Suffolk CO10 9GH

Fleetwood Bacwere the world’s first and are regarded as the...

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