a station-by-station guide for UK tourist attractions


National Rail | station code SUY

Sudbury is on the Gainsborough Line

Suffolk Offers, Discounts & Links

Sudbury is an attractive market town on the River Stour, surrounded on three sides by water meadows and rolling hills. The Bus Station is just ¼ mile from the Rail Station.

Public transport in Suffolk:

TI The Library, Market Hall. Tel. 01787 881320.

Holiday Cottages

If you plan to book a self-catering cottage in the countryside or a small village check the location carefully and remember to plan your grocery shopping.

Suffolk National Trust Holidays, East Anglia

Gainsborough's House ½ mile (entrance in Weavers Lane)

The birthplace museum of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) with a large collection of a his on display. The House dates from around 1500 and retains interesting achitectural features including a Georgian facade. Coffee shop. Exhibitions programme. Tel. 01787 372958.
Open M-S 1000-1700, Sun 1100-1700.

Sudbury Heritage Centre and Museum ½ mile

Displays cover Sudbury's history from ancient times to the present day, including the great wealth generated by the woollen cloth industry in the late Middle Ages. Tel. 01787 371880. Admission free.
Open M-F 1000-1600.
Sudbury map

Melford Hall NT by bus

Melford Hall has had a varied history with its architecture and furnishings charting the changing tastes and fashions of successive generations. It remains a welcoming family home today beside the village green. The contents include naval paintings and Beatrix Potter sketches. Edwardian style garden. Parkland. Tearoom, picnics may be taken on the lawn. Tel. 01787 379228.
Open Apr-Oct, WThFSSu 1300-1700.
Bus Chambers 753, Felix Coaches 716 and Beestons 236 from Bus Station (¼ mile) to Long Melford, Bull (10 minutes journey) then ¼ mile walk. 753 M-S only, hourly. 716 M-F only, ½-hourly but with breaks. 236 M-S only, 2-hourly.
Bus 753 also operates from Bury St Edmunds.

Kentwell Hall by bus then 1¼ miles

Kentwell has been a family home for over 500 years and remains so today after extensive restoration. The extensive gardens include some striking topiary. Rare Breed Farm. Events programme. Tel. 01787 310207.
Open Apr-Sep, please see website for days and times.
Bus as for Melford Hall above but 1¼ miles walk.

Long Melford map
National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays

Lavenham Guildhall NT by bus

At the heart of the attractive village of Lavenham, the timber-framed Guildhall of Corpus Christi tells the stories of Lavenham and the Guild. Lavenham was one of the wealthiest towns in Tudor England and it is remarkably well-preserved with over 300 buildings of historic interest. Tearoom. Guided walks and talks in summer (see website). Tel. 01787 247646.
Open Mar-Oct, Daily 1000-1700. Nov-Feb, MFSSu 1100-1600.
Bus 753 from Bus Station (¼ mile) to Lavenham, Swan (30 minutes journey), M-S only, hourly. Operated by Chambers.
Bus 753 also operates from Bury St Edmunds.

Little Hall, Lavenham by bus

One of the oldest buildings in Lavenham, this 14th century house was built by a family of clothiers. It was restored in the 1930s by the Gayer-Anderson twin brothers who filled it with art and artefacts collected during their travels. Traditional English walled garden. Tel. 01787 247019.
Open Apr-Oct, TWThSSu & BH 1400-1730.
Bus as for Lavenham Guildhall above.

Lavenham map Lavenham Guildhall