Lavenham is the perfect base to explore the surrounding area of Suffolk, so we have put together a few ideas for historic places to visit near Lavenham by car within an hour's drive time of the Swan.
Kentwell Hall & Gardens
(10-15 mins drive)
Visit the Hall, extensive Gardens and Rare Breed Farm throughout the year. Kentwell is a unique restoration project and remains a family home to this day. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the 16th Century with a Tudor Day Experience where the house and estate are re-created and transformed into a 16th Century Manor, with up to 250 inhabitants of all ages, skills and wealth carrying out a huge variety of daily tasks.Gainsborough House
(15 mins drive)
The museum and art gallery at the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough (1727 to 1788) in Sudbury, Suffolk. Explore the current exhibitions and learn about historic gardens with an art history lecture or talk. Children are especially welcome to join us at an art workshop to learn exciting art techniques and media such as painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, 3D, acrylics, mixed media and graphite.Newmarket Race Course
(45 mins drive)
Experience the excitement of world class flat racing and evening music concerts at Newmarket's two racecourses, The Rowley Mile and The July Course. Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds
(30 mins drive)
The Theatre Royal is a restored Regency theatre in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. One of eight grade 1 listed theatres in the UK. Explore backstage and onstage with a self guided or guided tour to experience period settings from different eras, listen to the sounds of times gone by or try on a costume. Or just book ahead to watch a show. There are a number of paid car parks near by so leave enough time to drive and park before arriving at the theatre. Melford Hall
(10-15 mins drive)
Melford Hall in Sudbury, Suffolk has a strong connection to Beatrix Potter with sketches dotted around the building; see the bedroom in which she stayed and the turret room in which Beatrix kept her menagerie. Take a tour of the house with a guide and learn about its history including being devastated by fire in 1942, or take a step back in time to play a pleasant game of croquet on the lawn. Ickworth House
(30-40 mins drive)
Built between 1795 and 1829 this Georgian Italianate palace is one of England's more unusual houses with its impressive Rotunda commmissioned by the 4th Earl of Bristol to house his priceless treasures collected on tours around Europe in the 18th-century. Enjoy special Living History days, Conservation in Action days and Cooks in the Kitchen days throughout the year in the Rotunda House.