Lavenham Guildhall

Lavenham Guildhall, Suffolk

Important notice -

We're working hard to reopen many of our places where it is safe to do so. However, Lavenham Guildhall is currently closed.

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

Sorry, there are no upcoming events at this place.

Lavenham Guildhall


Lavenham Blue Cloth

Dyed in the Wool on Tenterhooks in Lavenham! 

What you see in the preserved medieval buildings of Lavenham today is the result of a chain of curious circumstances stretching back over 600 years.

See a resmble of Francis Ransons studio at Lavenham Guildhall, Suffolk

Lavenham has its secrets too 

Step back into a rural landscape, seen through the eyes of local resident Francis Lingard Ranson. His collection of monochrome images portrays village life in Lavenham and is wonderful record of the first half of the twentieth century. He was instrumental in founding The Lavenham Preservation Society and his fascinating pictorial legacy faithfully echoes the Lavenham you see today.

Lavenham Widow Snell

Who's Widow Snell? 

Unlocking the past at Lavenham Guildhall

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

Cheese and tomato muffins

Cheese and tomato muffins 

These light muffins topped with golden cheese and tangy cherry tomatoes are the ideal addition to any summer picnic, or served with a splash of oil and vinegar make for a delicious light snack.

Eating and Shopping at Lavenham Guildhall

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.