Where are the Wool Towns?

The Wool Towns region sits between the historic market towns of Bury St Edmunds and Colchester, and on the East/West axis, between Haverhill and Ipswich. The Suffolk Heritage coast is within an hour and a half’s drive.

The antique map extract shown here includes most of Suffolk. The Wool Towns region includes a dozen or more communities at the heart of the region, that share a common heritage and owe much to the strength of the weaving industry here some 600 years ago.

the wool town map

The five communities (Clare, Hadleigh, Lavenham, Long Melford and Sudbury) leading this service to Wool Towns visitors are located to the south of the area.

While there are towns and villages with a historic connection to the woollen cloth industry all around the UK, nowhere is there a better concentration of thriving attractive towns and villages with this common heritage than here.

The Wool Towns are situated less than two hours away from London and are easily accessible by road, or by rail, via Sudbury’s charming train station.