Things To Do in & Around Long Melford
Not a statley home, but a romantic, moated, mellow red brick Tudor mansion lived in for over 500 years, set in tranquil parkland setting. Visitors can visit the Hall, Rare Breeds Farm and extensive gardens. Visitors who time their stay will be treated to a step back in history to Tudor England when re-creations of everyday Tudor life take place on many days throughout the year.
A National Trust property Built during the 16th century the original hall was destroyed by a fire in 1942, however it was lovingly restored by the Hyde Parker family and it remains their family home to this day. It is their stories of family life at Melford – from visits by their cousin Beatrix Potter (you can view the original Jemima Puddleduck on display today) through to visitors today that make this house more than bricks and mortar.
Holy Trinity Church
Widely acknowledged as one of the most magnificent parish churches in the country, documents reveal there has been a church on this site for at least 1000 years. Althpugh the church was almost entirely rebuilt in the 15th century at a time of growing prosperity among cloth merchants. The church has retained many of it's original medieval stained glass panels, which are complemented by panels from more recent centuries.
An ancient medieval wool town with a plethora of timber framed buildings that seem to defy gravity, don’t miss The Guildhall. Described of one of England’s prettiest towns, Lavenham boasts Britain’s highest village church tower 141 ft (43 m) at The Church of St Peter & St Paul, and is also home to the Lavenham Greyhound, a fine Suffolk pub. Harry Potter fans will be excited to know that parts of The Deathly Hallows Part One were filmed in Lavenham as it was used as the setting of Godric's Hollow, the birthplace of Harry Potter.
Bury St. Edmunds
An historic town with a unique mix of Tudor, Georgian and Victorian architecture and the glorious St. Edmundsbury Cathedral with its recently built tower which provides a distinctive visual charm. Abbey Gardens next to the Cathedral are spacious and central to the town contain ruins of the once vast 11th century Benedictine Abbey. Bury also has it’s very own brewery, Greene King, brewing ales well known the world over, don't miss one of their fabulous brewery tours. If you love theatre, you simply must visit the Theatre Royal, one of Britain's most significant theatre buildings and the last surviving Regency playhouse in the country. Built in 1819 and restored to its Regency origins, this intimate Grade 1 listed building is the only theatre in the National Trust property portfolio.