Lavenham Guildhall

Lavenham Guildhall, Suffolk

One of the most spectacular timber framed buildings of medieval England at the heart of village life

Visitors on a group tour of the village with the Lavenham Guildhall, Suffolk

Discover Lavenham's Hidden Secrets 

Ready for a new discovery? Lavenham has had a turbulent five hundred years of history; this quintessential Suffolk gem has seen it all, from extreme hardship and poverty to fabulous wealth and even Hollywood glamour.

Childrens trail Lavenham

Rainy Days, Sunny Days, Discovery Days 

Rainy days or not, Lavenham Guildhall offers kids and adults alike loads to see and do.

Lavenham Guildhall

What's on 

Upcoming events

Spinning Demonstrations

Mon 24 Feb 2020
11:00-15:00
Visit Lavenham Guildhall on one of our spinning days and see our wonderful volunteers in action; demonstrating the traditional art of spinning wool into the yarn we see and recognise today.

Discover Lavenham's Secrets

Fri 06 Mar 2020
10:00-12:00
Join us for a short talk about the Guildhall over coffee and pastries before enjoying a guided walk around historic Lavenham uncover secrets and hidden tales.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Fri 03 Apr 2020
10:00-16:00
Lavenham was once one of the wealthiest places in Tudor England, and there's still plenty of treasure waiting to be found.

Big Spinning Day

Mon 20 Apr 2020
11:00-14:00
Join us for a special day of demonstrations as our spinners spin wool using techniques that made Lavenham famous for its wool in the 15th century.

Colours to Dye For

Sat 04 Jul 2020
11:00-16:00
Join us on Saturday 4th July as we demonstrate traditional dyeing techniques on fleece, using a range of plant materials.
Lavenham Guildhall

History

Lavenham Guildhall

Our work

Lavenham Guildhall front in market square in the sunshine

Conservation on a grand scale 

As part of our work at the Guildhall, we inspect the outside of the building as well as the collection inside. Everything is regularly looked at, inside and out by our building surveyors and conservators. We check for insect and pest damage, wood, brick and plaster deterioration and of course wear and tear in the exhibits themselves.

Lavenham Guildhall

Eating and shopping

Tasty cakes in Lavenham Guildhall's sunlit tearoom

Lavenham Guildhall National Trust Cafe 

Step back in time and enjoy a cup of tea in the historic surroundings of the Tudor tea-room at Lavenham Guildhall.

Lavenham Guildhall

Shopping at Lavenham Guildhall 

Our shop has a great selection of books, gifts, cards and National Trust souvenirs. We also have a plant sales section in the garden.

Lavenham Guildhall

Get involved

David McIntyre Lavenham Room Guide

‘You could do that!’ she said. 

Volunteers from all sorts of backgrounds help us look after special places like Lavenham Guildhall. Whatever you'd like to achieve, whether it is a one-off or a longer term commitment for yourself, or with friends and family, we'd love you to be part of it.