Wool Towns Attractions

The Wool Towns are not just for the summer months.

Some of our greatest attractions – eating, walking, visiting some of the renowned art galleries and shops – can be equally enjoyed in the winter. National Trust venues such as Melford Hall and the Lavenham Guildhall are open all year round.

And you can finish your day at one of the fine pubs and restaurants where a warm welcome will be ready to greet you.

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Lavenham Guildhall | National Trust

One of the most spectacular timber-framed buildings of medieval England at the heart of village life.

Set in the lovely village of Lavenham, the Guildhall of Corpus Christi tells the story of one of the best-preserved and wealthiest towns in Tudor England.

When you step inside this fine timber-framed building, you’ll feel the centuries melt away. You can discover the stories of the people who have used the Guildhall through its almost-500 years at the heart of its community, and learn about the men and women who have shaped the fortunes of this unique village.

Kentwell House and Gardens

Kentwell is not a ‘stately home’ but very much a lived-in and loved family home, something it has been for over 500 years. The public see much of the House, including rooms used by the family – usually with obvious signs of use…

Melford Hall | National Trust

Melford Hall is a stately home in the village of Long Melford, Suffolk, England. It is the ancestral seat of the Parker Baronets. The hall was mostly constructed in the 16th century, incorporating parts of a medieval building held by the abbots of Bury St Edmunds which had been in use since before 1065.


Gainsborough’s House

Gainsborough’s House is the birthplace of the leading English painter Thomas Gainsborough. It is now a museum and gallery, opened to the public in 1961 and operating as an independent charitable trust. The beautiful garden is at the heart of Gainsborough’s House. It is maintained by a devoted body of volunteers who cultivate exclusively plants that were available in Gainsborough’s lifetime.

Hadleigh Guildhall

The Market House and Guildhalls are listed Grade One (Star) buildings and the Victorian New Town Hall is a Grade Two. Their position adjacent to the Church and Deanery Tower provides a delightful and probably unique setting of three mediaeval buildings built within the same century but of totally different construction. Guided tours of the buildings and town are available.


Clare Golf Course

Our par 3, 9-hole parkland course beside the river Stour provides challenges and interest for all levels of play and is open to everyone.

Enjoy our comfortable clubhouse and Tee Room with a panoramic view over the lake serving fresh all day snacks and homemade cakes.

Our new bespoke meeting room for up to 20 delegates is now available for hire

Other places of interest

Holy Trinity Church
Location: Long Melford, CO10 9DT
Number: 01787 310845
Website: www.longmelfordchurch.com

St Peter’s, Sudbury
Location: Sudbury, CO10 2EA 
Number: 07597 020427
Website: www.stpetersudbury.co.uk

Clare Ancient House Museum
Location: Clare, CO10 8NY
Number: 01787 277572
Website: www.clare-ancient-house-museum.co.uk

Kersey Village
Location: Kersey, Suffolk
Website: www.kersey.suffolk.cloud

Needham Lakes
Location: Needham Market
Number: 01449 724639
Website: www.needham-lake.co.uk

Museum of East Anglian Life
Location: Stowmarket, Suffolk
Number: 01449 612229
Website: www.eastanglianlife.org.uk