A visitors guide to Lavenham

23rd January 2017

 

Things to do in Lavenham, Suffolk 

shutterstock_83155459Lavenham really does have to be visited to be appreciated. Those white timber clad buildings may look beautiful in photographs, but up close and personal they’re even more spectacular.

A visit to this Suffolk town will make you appreciate the history of our beautiful region. Stop by the Guildhall, Little Hall Museum and Tourist Information Centre to learn about Lavenham’s past. In the 1300s Lavenham was the 14th richest town in the country. Home to a thriving wool industry, its buildings were built by wealthy merchants. Today they house the likes of the Guildhall, pubs, hotels and coffee shops. Despite succumbing to modern culture, Lavenham has thankfully kept much of its old-world charm.

Dotted around the Market Place and along the High Street you’ll find independent boutiques, coffee shops and salons. Art lovers will be spoilt for choice with its many galleries featuring works from local artist. The Wildlife Art Gallery, Lavenham Contemporary and the Angel Art Gallery are all worth a visit.

Places to eat in Lavenham 

img_3785When it comes to eating, there’s plenty of options – the hardest decision will be settling on just one. Pretty quaint tea rooms are perfect for light bites but for a warming lunch its best to sample the local pub scene. The Angel on the Market Place and Lavenham Greyhound on the High Street both serve hearty pub grub alongside a selection of beverages including some tasty local ales!

If it’s fine dining you’re looking for book a table at The Great House; a 15th century small hotel and French restaurant. Own and run by a French couple for over 30 years, it has an attractive outside courtyard for alfresco eating during the summer as well as two cosy dining rooms for chillier months.

A trip to Lavenham wouldn’t be complete without visiting The Swan. Set in a stunning building on the High Street, its home to 45 bedrooms, Weavers House Spa, a brasserie and The Gallery Restaurant. On a recent visit, eastlife indulged in a three-course meal from The Gallery’s a la carte menu for £39 per person.

Pet owners will also be pleased to know The Swan, like much of the establishments in Lavenham, is dog-friendly so there’s no need to leave your furry friend behind on a weekend getaway. Read our full review on our doggy day out in Lavenham at https://www.eastlife.co.uk/article/doggy-day-lavenham-suffolk/