a station-by-station guide for UK tourist attractions


National Rail | station code SUY

Sudbury is on the Gainsborough Line

Suffolk Offers & 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 Heritage Centre. Tel. 01787 881320.

Sudbury 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.
Open Daily 1000-1700.

Sudbury Heritage Centre 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. Admission free.
Open M-F 1000-1600.

Sudbury map

Melford Hall NT by bus then ½ mile

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.
Open Apr-Oct, WThFSSu 1200-1630.
Bus 236/716/750/753 from Bus Station (¼ mile) to Long Melford, Bull (10 minutes journey) then ½ mile walk. 236/750/753 M-S at least hourly, operated by Chambers. 716 M-F only, ½-hourly but with breaks, operated by Felix.
Bus 753 also operates from Bury St Edmunds.

Kentwell Hall by bus then 1½ 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.
Open Apr-Sep, please see website for days and times.
Bus as for Melford Hall above but 1½ 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).
Open Apr-Oct, WThFSSu 1030-1600. Nov-Mar, see website.
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.
Open Apr-Oct, TWThSSu & BH 1300-1600.
Bus as for Lavenham Guildhall above.

Lavenham map Lavenham Guildhall

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