England's Finest Medieval Village.
Discover Lavenham; England's finest medieval village and food capital
Lavenham has wonderful places to stay, restaurants and pubs with excellent food and interesting shops and galleries.
An ideal place to stay for a short break to explore Suffolk's countryside and coast.
Lavenham is a village and civil parish in Suffolk, England. It is noted for its 15th century church, half-timbered medieval cottages and circular walk. In the medieval period it was among the 20 wealthiest settlements in England. Currently, it is a popular day-trip destination for British people from across the country and Americans from the air bases of Lakenheath and Mildenhall, along with another historic wool town in the area, Long Melford.
For four centuries, Lavenham made its fortune from the wool trade, selling blue broadcloth, 'Lavenham Blues' - everywhere from Africa to the Baltic. By 1524, the town, its population just 2,000, was 14th richest in England, ahead of York and Lincoln.
Step inside the Guildhall (National Trust) of Corpus Christi to experience one of the finest of these buildings. With us, you can understand the changing fortunes of Lavenham, from the boom times of the cloth industry to the poverty of the 19th century, before exploring the unique streets that have changed little in five centuries.
An ideal place to start a historic Potter trail, the medieval town of Lavenham was where it all began for Harry Potter in the Deathly Hallows, after deciding it had an "ethereal" quality. Lavenham stars as Harry’s childhood village of Godrick’s Hollow - the scene where his parents fell foul to the Dark Lord, and the epic battle began.