Lavenham is known as ‘England’s best preserved medieval village’, and with good reason: it has the kind of unspoilt historic beauty that has become rare across the rest of the UK.
Lavenham is one of Suffolk’s Wool Towns, and a perfect place to immerse yourself in Suffolk’s heritage. The winding streets are lined with thatched cottages and medieval timber-framed buildings, whose interiors have become shops, fine art galleries, delis and restaurants. Visitors dining in Lavenham are spoilt for choice, with award-winning French cuisine available at The Great House and Marco-Pierre White presiding over the food at The Angel Hotel.
At the centre of Lavenham is the magnificent Guildhall of Corpus Christi, a reminder of the town’s wealth during the height of the wool trade. Nearby are buildings of similar beauty: the pretty Little Hall, a curious museum whose interior and artefacts mirror Lavenham’s own history, and the grandiose Church of St Peter and St Paul. Guided tours of Lavenham take place regularly and audio tour guides are available from the pharmacy.
Lavenham’s medieval charm gives it a magical quality that hasn’t gone unnoticed. Author J.K. Rowling chose Lavenham as the location for Harry Potter’s family home, Godric’s Hollow, and it features in an important scene in the film ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.’
Lavenham is a wonderful base for your Suffolk holiday as it has several excellent B&Bs, holiday lets and boutique hotels such as The Swan, which won Visit England’s award for ‘Large Hotel of the Year’ in 2013.