Fun for families at Lavenham Guildhall

Educational and fun, there’s lots to learn about medieval building and farming methods, famous Lavenham blue cloth and more.

Courtyard Garden and Jailhouse

Explore the Courtyard Garden and discover the dye garden, containing plants which have been used since medieval times. Plus, there is the small village jailhouse where you can see what it would have been like to be locked up. 

Family fun

Here are some of the things our family visitors enjoy discovering the most: 

  • Discover memories of Lavenham's richest merchants, who got rich during the boom period of medieval Lavenham. See how they showed their wealth in the design of the buildings we see today.
  • Learn about life as a prisoner at the Guildhall when the main building was a jail. You can see what it was like though the eyes of Ann Baker who was imprisoned here aged 12. 
  • See one of the oldest fire engines which is almost 300 years old in the garden. 
  • Have you ever seen a mumified cat? Discover Rameses when you visit.
A firm favourite with visitors; Rammeses the mummified cat
See Rammeses  the mummified cat  in the lavenham guildhall
A firm favourite with visitors; Rammeses the mummified cat

Food and Drink 

The Guildhall tea room has plenty to offer with a selection of home made cakes, delicious sausage rolls, light lunches and snacks as well as family-friendly options from our kitchen. The tea room is a great meeting place to catch up with friends and family before exploring the delights of Lavenham village.