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.

Swift Garden Lavenham

Bugs, Beams and Birds 

Come and explore the Guildhall and its garden with our new children’s trail. Pick up your quiz trail booklet at reception and see how many of the questions you can answer on your journey of discovery through the natural world.

Lavenham Guildhall

What's on 

Upcoming events

Spinning Demonstrations

Thu 30 May 2019
10:30-16:00
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

Sat 08 Jun 2019
10:30-13:00
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.

CANTIQUA Choir: Flow, My Tears: an evening of choral classics

Fri 14 Jun 2019
18:00-20:30
The Cantiqua choir from Germany are stopping for one night only at Lavenham Guildhall to present an evening of choral classics

Big Spinning Day

Mon 17 Jun 2019
10:30-16:30
Lavenham was once famous for spinning wool, seeing Lavenham boom in the late 15th Century through wealth from the wool trade. Join us for a special day of demonstrations.
Cantiqua Choir

Choral A-cappella 'First' for Lavenham Guildhall 

These talented amateur choristers are touring the UK this June, giving a series of evening concerts. A truly unique A-cappella harmony experience in an historic setting.

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

Tearoom at Lavenham Guildhall Suffolk

Eat in or take something away 

Treat yourself to a cuppa and one of our freshly made sandwiches or home baked cake and scones in our Tudor tea-room. 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.