Explore Lavenham and Beyond

Make the most of your stay at The Great House with our handy guide on local things to do and see. From historical houses filled with hidden treasures right here in lovely Lavenham to exploring a little further a field at the traditional meets modern town of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk really is a beautiful place to dine, drink and explore!


Known as ‘England’s best preserved medieval village,’ Lavenham was once at the heart of the booming textile trade. The village’s exquisite architecture is reminiscent of its heady days as one of the famous Suffolk Wool Towns.

The village has plenty of art galleries, antique shops and attractions, such as the famous National Trust Guildhall, the magnificent Church and Little Hall Museum.

One of the best ways to explore is on foot with walking routes that weave through historic lanes around the village. Ask our friendly team for a map on your arrival.

The Little Hall – http://www.littlehall.org.uk/
The Guildhall and Tea Room https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lavenham-guildhall
Lavenham Farmers Market – https://www.suffolkmarketevents.co.uk/events/lavenham-farmers-market/
Church of St Peter and St Paul – http://lavenhamchurch.onesuffolk.net/
Lavenham Brook Vineyard – https://lavenhambrook.co.uk/
Gifford’s Hall – https://giffordshall.co.uk/
Bradfield Woods National Nature – https://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/bradfieldwoods

Bury St Edmunds

A jewel in the crown of Suffolk, surrounds by thousands of years of history, a trip to Bury is well worth it. Explore this beautiful town with trip to the Abbey Ruins and Garden, where you can soak up history in a serene setting with a picnic with the St Edmundsbury Cathedral in the background.

If you love your beer and gin why not book a tour at the Green King Brewery where you can learn about the brewery process with a cold beer to finish. You can even make your own flavoured gin at Adnams, located in the high street with an exclusive distillery experience!

After a busy day exploring stop by the smallest pub in Britain, The Nutshell for a refreshing beverage and friendly welcome.

Long Melford

Long Melford is a quintessential English Village, located in the picturesque Suffolk countryside close to the border of Essex. This lovely location was made famous by English artists such as Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable.

Stop by Kentwell Hall, a secluded and romantic estate with over 500 years of fascinating history and unexpected stories. This is the ideal location for a couple looking for a romantic day out or even a proposal!

If you’re a fan of the Beatrix Potter books, then a visit to Melford Hall must! Step inside Melford Hall to discover the long and varied history of the Hall, from the grand Great Hall to the bedroom where Beatrix Potter stayed on here visits!

Suffolk Coast

A visit to the Suffolk Coast is a must whilst visiting the area, with over 50 miles of sand and shingle bordering the Suffolk county, ready to explored.

There is so much to see and do from a visit to one of the many beaches to soaking in the local wildlife at RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve.

Walk over water at Southwold Pier, a destination that great for all the family. Spend your pennies on the games machines at the arcades or drop by and watch a show at their summer events – pier-fect day out!

Beyond Suffolk

Discover the wonders of wildlife lass than an hours drive from The Great House by venturing the county of Essex.

If you’re looking for an wild adventure, then why not head to Colchester Zoo for the day or head to the Island Mersea for wholesome fun with the family.

‘Row, row your boat, gently down the stream’ at Dedham with row boat hire! This is great fun and a good way to test your boating skills. Make your way towards Flatford Mill where you can sit down to a bite to eat the café on the water.

Colchester Zoo – https://www.colchesterzoo.org
Mersea Island – https://visitmerseaisland.co.uk
Dedham to Flatford Mill – https://thekitchenatgroup.co.uk