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Notice: Thorington Hall opens for one day a year on Heritage Open Day - Saturday 13 September 2014, 11-5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

Rambling Suffolk farmhouse built around 1600

Thorington Hall is one of the best timber-framed houses in Suffolk. Building phases determine its unusual shape and it may also be because adjoining buildings have since been demolished. The staggered roofline, for example, shows the difference between the 1630 house and 1700 extension.

We aim to preserve the spirit of the house by conserving its distinctive features. You can see several Apotropaic or witches’ marks in the house.

Look out for interesting features on the staircase too, including engravings on the window panes. There is 17th-century graffiti on the panes of the west staircase window and a previous occupant carved their initials in the attic wall in 1771.

Make Thorington your holiday home... © National Trust/Sarah Barfoot

Make Thorington your holiday home...

Holiday let

Ever wanted to stay in a National Trust house? Why not book a wonderful holiday on the Suffolk and Essex border with friends and family. Thorington Hall is full of character and comfortable too. With history oozing out of every corner you'll soon feel as though you're travelling back in time without leaving the modern luxuries of home.

Places to stay

Make a weekend of your Heritage Open Days adventure

Make a weekend of your Heritage Open Days adventure

Why not make a weekend of it and find some cosy local accommodation as a base for your Heritage Open Days adventure? Check out our National Trust holiday cottages for unique lettings in distinct surroundings, or Visit Suffolk for hotels, self-catering accommodation, B&Bs, camping and caravan sites.

Other Heritage Open Days attractions nearby

  • Stratford St Mary’s Church Farmers’ Market for lunches and activities
  • The remains of Mistley Towers
  • Family home of the Hyde Parkers, Melford Hall
  • Allow a blue badge guide to escort you on a Lavenham Medieval Meander
  • Lavenham Guildhall, one of the most impressive timber framed medieval buildings