A visit to this Suffolk village, which gained its market charter from Henry III in 1257, offers a perfect picture of prosperous medieval England, thanks to its high street of half-timbered houses and more than 340 listed buildings. The lime-washed and brightly coloured buildings are a delight, with standouts including Corpus Christi Guildhall and the De Vere House, which starred in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’. The richly decorated fifteenth and sixteenth-century St Peter & St Paul Church dominates the village with its soaring 141ft tower.
Get there: Trains run from Liverpool St to Sudbury, seven miles away, taking about 1hr 20mins. From there, the 753 bus runs to Lavenham. By car, it’s 76 miles from central London.
However brilliant, invigorating and ever-changing London is, sometimes you really need a break from the city. You need fresh air and you’d like it kinda soon. So where should you head on your next day trip?
There are plenty of relaxing country walks, pretty fields of flowers and secluded swimming spots within easy reach of the city. But there also loads of gorgeous, sleepy villages – many of which wouldn’t look out of place on a Christmas card.
Here are ten of the prettiest ones we could find, taken from the book ‘Escape London’ by Yolanda Zappaterra. You may have experienced their period charm in a film or TV show, but nothing beats a leisurely stroll through their winding streets, followed by a well-earned pint in a proper village pub.
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