The pretty Suffolk town of Eye derives its name from the old English word for ‘island’ and it’s believed that the first settlement on the site where the village now is, was once surrounded by water and marshland.
Eye has a fascinating history and there are many timber framed buildings, lovely thatched cottages and the stunning Church of St Peter and St Paul.
It even has a castle ruin with some splendid views from the top of the hill where it stands.
In the past Eye has had at various times a deer park, theatre, leper hospital, work house, gaol, coaching inn, guildhall, 52 pubs (!) and an airfield which was occupied by USAAF during World War II.
In the magnificent church, the 15th century wooden rood screen with its intricate carving and painted saints, kings and bishops is well worth a visit.
A town trail can be found locally as well as the “Cycling around Eye” booklet.
Eye has a good choice of traditional shops, a pub, cafes and restaurants and an award-winning, weekly country market is held in the town square on Wednesday mornings.
The village is surrounded by lovely countryside and close to Thornham Walks, on the 2,000 acre Thornham estate. Here you can enjoy walking along 12 miles of waymarked walks and also visit the Thornham walled gardens, which are designed to provide a therapeutic environment and promote well being.
For more information about Eye, please visit the village website.