Our county is well known for its elegant towns and pretty villages and we think we have the finest Suffolk towns and villages of them all! Names such as LavenhamEast BergholtChelsworth and Eye are instantly recognisable to many people and conjure up images of thatched roof cottages, medieval architecture and quintessentially English village life. Have a browse through the information about our Suffolk towns and villages and discover the fascinating history that lies behind their facades. Many of the Suffolk Wool Towns are in the Heart of Suffolk and much of the fine architecture of the houses and churches, owe their grandeur to the wealth generated by the manufacture in the 13th century, of woollen cloth. Read more about the Suffolk Wool Towns here.

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Thomas Gainsborough’s Sudbury

Some of our villages and towns most definately do have a history that is significant on a national scale:  the market town of Sudbury for example, is the birthplace of painter Thomas Gainsborough and his home, Gainsborough’s House, is open as a museum, gallery and print workshop. It houses the largest collection of the artist’s work, outside of London and is a dynamic and fascinating town to visit.

Constable Country

Along a similar vein, the Suffolk village of East Bergholt is the birthplace of John Constable and Flatford is the place where he lived and did many of his most well known paintings, such as the Hay Wain and Willy Lott’s Cottage. The area is known as Constable Country and lies within the Dedham Vale (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).

Constable Country is known the world over and attracts visitors eager to see the place they know so well from John Constable’s many paintings that are housed in national and international galleries as well as from placemats that seem to turn up in pubs across the globe! Much of the attraction of Constable Country is that it remains largely unchanged from when the artist lived and worked there.

Medieval Lavenham

Lavenham, with over 300 listed buildings, is a medieval gem of a village and is often quoted as being ‘one of the finest medieval villages in England’.  It certainly is magnificent and the sort of place that makes your jaw drop when you first visit. Full of half-timbered houses, some of them leaning at alarming angles, the stupendous Guildhall of Corpus Christi (owned by the National Trust) and a very grand church, this Suffolk village is definately one to spend some time in or better still, to base yourself for a few days.


The pretty village of Chelsworth, has an annual open garden event which draws visitors from across the region. The event is so popular because the village is such a quintessentially English village and the gardens are so different from each other but all exceptionally beautiful and well-tended.


The village of Eye with its castle ruins and nearby Thornham Walks is another gem not to be missed.