A medieval wool town, which was one of the wealthiest settlements in England and remarkably a great many historic timber-framed grand houses and cottages remain beautifully intact!
The town has an excellent variety of shops and restaurants including The Great House and The Angel – both award-winning restaurants. Newmarket Races is a 50 minute drive, where you can enjoy race track days and music concerts!
Long Melford is just 7 miles away and is popular for its historic high street and magnificent wool church, antique shops, great restaurants, takeaways, art galleries and fashion boutiques. The historic city of Cambridge is also around a 30-40 minute drive away!
Our five top tips for exploring and enjoying the area:
- Visit Long Melford and have lunch in one of the excellent pubs and restaurants.
- Spend a day at the historic moated Tudor Kentwell Hall. Through the summer there are re-creations of everyday life in Tudor times, where Kentwell is inhabited by up to 250 men, women and children who live, act, talk and dress as if still living in Tudor times.
- Take a trip to the beautiful villages of Clare, and Cavendish and enjoy lunch in The George pub on The Green at Cavendish.
- Visit the magnificent Elizabethan house Melford Hall, owned by the National Trust. The children’s writer Beatrix Potter visited here on several occasions and painted some of her paintings here, a collection of which can still be seen here. The annual fireworks display in the grounds is a very popular event.
- Enjoy a stroll around the historic medieval wool town of Lavenham and enjoy afternoon tea at The Swan Hotel.