Built around 1530, for religious rather than commercial purposes, the Guildhall has seen many changes over the years. Located on the edge of Lavenham's marketplace, the Guildhall is one of the village’s most impressive historic timber-framed buildings. Originally built as a meeting place, it remains at the heart of the village today, a venue for local events and functions.
Make Lavenham your base; to discover Suffolk’s hidden gems, explore the wonderful church and the medieval buildings which make Lavenham truly unique.
Best preserved village
The best way to make your way around Lavenham is on foot. An abundance of galleries, places to eat, accommodation, boutiques and antiques shops make for an enjoyable day out.
A unique celebration of the history of Suffolk’s wool towns, with a range of events and walks telling their story.
Lavenham is on the National 13 cycling route, which you can pick up in nearby Sudbury, Alpheton or Long Melford - or if you want to go the whole distance start at London's Tower Bridge and finish at Fakenham, Norwich! There are lots of other routes and byways to explore in and around Lavenham which are just as much fun.
Ornate medieval carvings
Explore many examples of lavish ornate carvings embellishing the facades of rich Tudor merchants' houses - status symbols and memories of the cloth heritage of the village.
Lavenham has many fine examples of medieval and Tudor timber-framed buildings.
Learn all about their heritage, including the extremely skilled craft of how they were built and why they have survived.
The Old Grammar School
The Old Grammar School, open from 1647-1887, is a Grade I listed building whose many pupils have included famous painter John Constable.
St Peter & St Paul Church
The church was built at the height of Lavenham's prosperity by Thomas Spring III.
De Vere House
The last house in Lavenham to be owned by the Earls of Oxford, also known as the De Vere Hunting Lodge, was one of three properties within the centre of Lavenham, attached to Lavenham Hall.
Little Hall, built in the 1390s, was once home to the Causton family. Since then the house has changed a lot from being divided up to house six different families in the 1700s to being restored and used as a museum today.
Art and galleries
Lavenham is host to an array of galleries; visitors can find unique examples of local and international arts and crafts. Take a look at the Crooked House Gallery, a building full of 'wonky' charm.
Cafés and tearooms
Lavenham is home to a wide choice of tea-rooms and small cafés, where cream teas are part of the regular afternoon menu, including our Guildhall which is a firm favourite with many visitors.
Pubs and restaurants
With a selection of fine dining restaurants, including an Indian restaurant, there are plenty of options for everyone. Favourites include The Swan and The Great House, both well known as hotels as well as restaurants.