Your Visit

About Hadleigh

Hadleigh is a charming market town in the heart of the rolling Suffolk countryside. The Gables occupies a superb position on the High Street, within easy walking distance of local shops, restaurants, pubs and tea rooms. Rich in history and full of character, Hadleigh was once a Viking Royal Town and is the reputed burial place of Danish King Guthrum. In the 15th and 16th centuries, it prospered through its cloth and wool trade, with timber and plasterwork buildings lining the high street. St. Mary’s Church with its tall lead spire is bordered by a magnificent 15th century Guildhall and red-brick Deanery Tower.

Today the high street has a wide range of independently owned shops and many beautiful listed buildings. The annual Hadleigh Show is a great way to experience a slice of Suffolk country life, with everything on offer from country clothing to arts and crafts.

Superbly placed for exploring Suffolk and Essex, Hadleigh is surrounded by many attractive villages and towns, such as Lavenham and Kersey, both regarded as fine examples of Medieval settlements, famous for their unique timber framed houses. Just a few miles up the road, you will find yourself in the heart of Constable Country where John Constable grew up and painted his most famous artworks including The Haywain.

Within easy reach are the larger towns of Ipswich (10 miles) and Colchester (15 miles), Britain’s oldest recorded town with its Roman walls and Norman castle. Explore the estuaries of the Orwell, Stour and Colne where you will find breathtaking scenery and fantastic walks. There are 18-hole golf courses at Hintlesham, Stoke by Nayland and Stowmarket. Access to London is easy via mainline train stations in Ipswich, Manningtree and Colchester.

What to do

Hadleigh is situated in the heart of some of the most beautiful rural scenery in East Anglia and perfectly placed to visit many historic towns and villages in Suffolk and Essex. This is Stuart’s list of must-see places when you stay with us!

Lavenham A medieval town, steeped in history. Take a stroll around this lovely village that made its fortune from the 16th Century wool trade.

Lavenham

Lavenham

Long Melford If you like antique furniture shops, then Long Melford is the town for you! There are also two fantastic houses worth visiting: Kentwell Hall and Melford Hall.

Bury St Edmunds Market days on a Wednesday and Saturday are a delight. Don’t miss the Cathedral and Abbey Gardens. You can also do a tour of the famous Green King brewery where you can sample a range of beers.

Bury St Edmunds Abbey

Bury St Edmunds Abbey

Sudbury A charming market town and the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough. Visit the museum and gallery.

Ipswich  The fashionable harbour, with its many bars and restaurants, makes for a great night out!

Manningtree Beautifully situated on the River Stour estuary. Take a walk along the river and have pizza and a glass of Pinot at Lucca.

East Bergholt Don’t miss this one – home to Flatford Mill and the childhood home of John Constable. Breathtaking views over Dedham Vale, where Constable painted his most famous artworks. Walk from Flatford along the river to Dedham, hire a rowing boat and have a picnic!

Dedham A stunning tourist spot. This picturesque village has tea rooms and a selection of lovely, independent shops. If you have time, visit the Sir Alfred Munnings Museum.

Flatford Mill at Dedham

Flatford Mill at Dedham

Colchester Britain’s oldest recorded town is steeped in history, from the Roman invasion, to the Norman Conquest and the Civil War. Don’t miss the castle and the castle gardens. If you are interested in contemporary art, check out the award-winning Firstsite Art Gallery.

Colchester Zoo One of Europe’s finest zoos with over 260 rare species.

Jimmy’s Farm  The lovely Jimmy Doherty’s farm is not far away. There’s a shop, restaurant, nature trail, butterfly farm and rare breeds enclosures. If you’re lucky, you might even see Jimmy!

There are many local farm shops in the area selling locally sourced, free range and organic produce. Our favourites include Hollow TreesAldercarr Farm and The Suffolk Food Hall.

Alton Water  This impressive reservoir is host to wildlife and sailors alike. If you are feeling energetic, why not hire a bike and cycle around it (watch out for the step hills)!

Ickworth House  A National Trust treasure just outside Bury St Edmunds.

Aldeburgh  Home to the Aldeburgh Festival and well worth a visit if you are out this way.

Snape Maltings Spend an afternoon browsing the shops and galleries in this fantastic converted maltings.

Walberswick  Stuart’s favourite! Walk from here over to Southwold and enjoy a sandwich and a pint at The Harbour Inn Take the ferry if you are hungry!

Southwold Home to the famous Adnams brewery. Walk from here to Walberswick and enjoy a sandwich and a pint at The Harbour Inn!

Old Felixstowe Unspoilt, its shabby charm is enchanting. Walk along the beach and watch the kite surfers launch themselves into the air! There’s also a fabulous fresh fish stall, a great little café and a pub.

Kersey Quintessentially Suffolk! Higgledy piggaldy cottages line the much painted and photographed village street and ford. Kersey Mill The beautifully restored mill is home to a range of cafés, galleries and local businesses, including arts and crafts shops.

Kersey

Kersey

Frinton on Sea  Frinton’s super sandy beach is always a delight…

West Mersea Famous for its annual oyster festival. If you like seafood, don’t miss a trip to the Company Shed.

Shotley  Many a young lad grew up here at HMS Ganges (my father included). Find out their stories at the museum.

Pakenham Water Mill  A team of local volunteers make this historic water mill a great place to visit.

Chappel Railway Museum  For those “train spotters” amongst you! It’s a real delight and, again, testament to the hard work of local volunteers. Go back in time to discover the Britain’s railway heritage.

Stowmarket Visit the Museum of East Anglian Life, a fascinating archive of all things local!

Hadleigh Cookery School Improve your culinary skills at The Cooking Experience, Hadleigh’s very own cookery school. We have teamed up with The Cooking Experience to offer a great package deal. Contact us for more details.

If you have a recommendation, let us know and we’ll add it to our list!

Where to eat

In Hadleigh:

The Kings Head 

The George

The Ram 

Also in Hadleigh; for lunch or afternoon tea:

Crabtrees Café Bar

Angel Delights Tea Room

Other local eateries

Lucca in Manningtree

The Crown in Stoke by Nayland

The Bildestone Crown in Bildestone

Milsoms in Dedham

The Bell Inn in Kersey

The Six Bells in Preston St Mary