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Suffolk Tours - Historic Wool Towns Tour

West Suffolk’s wool towns are steeped in history, nestling alongside small fleece-washing rivers in hallmark rolling countryside. This tour is as delightful as the candy-pink cottages you’ll discover en route, and takes in ancient Bury St Edmunds, a place of pilgrimage since the 11th century, renowned for its flower-filled Abbey gardens, Georgian town houses and classic shopping.

Tour details

Tour Name
Historic Wool Towns Tour
Tour Reference
Tour Duration
5 days and 4 nights
Start Day
Any Day
Tour Grade
Board Basis
Bed & Breakfast
From £436 to £458 per person

is located near Needham Market, in the Dedham area, in Lavenham and in Bury St Edmunds. Selected properties include either a 4 or 5 star guest house; a 3 star hotel; a 4 star historic inn and a 4 star hotel. We are pleased to discuss details on request.

Tour at a Glance

The ancient towns of West Suffolk are steeped in history and surrounded by picture book villages set in rolling countryside.


This tour is a real delight, taking you to the ancient city of Bury St Edmunds, a place of pilgrimage since the 11th century and through some of the prettiest villages in Suffolk.

Day One - Arrive & explore
     Arrive at Needham Market, explore the area and spend your first night in or near this small market town.

Day Two – A painter’s home & inspiration
     Travelling through quiet villages via the renowned 'Jimmy's Farm' you reach East Bergholt the birthplace of John Constable then on to Flatford Mill. You can take a guided Constable appreciation tour, go rowing on the River Stour or simply relax in the riverside tea-room.
     Cycle on to the pretty village of Dedham, with antique shops and a craft market to explore, before reaching your hotel just outside the village.
Mileage: Rec 31 Min 20 Max 46

Day Three – Weaving around the wool towns
     Today you visit the ‘Wool Town’ of Hadleigh, an ancient town whose buildings give evidence to its past prosperity. The rows of half-timbered houses dropping down the hillside to Kersey ford provide a splendid scene as well as the opportunity for a lunchtime pint.
     You spend the night in Lavenham, famous the world over for its historic streets and jumble of Tudor houses.
Mileage: Rec 26 Min 20 Max 33

Day Four – Bury beautiful indeed
     Drop in to wonderful Ickworth House on the way to Bury St Edmunds an ancient market town, full of history and old Suffolk charm. Here you can walk through the massive stone gateway to the ruined abbey flanked by beautiful gardens. The cathedral with its recently restored tower is nothing but impressive. There’s a twice weekly market and a chance for a drink at The Nutshell, the smallest pub in Britain.
Mileage: Rec 20 Min 17 Max 29

Day Five – Heading homeward
     Return to Needham Market. The undulating countryside makes a delightful journey visiting the pretty village of Badwell Ash and Wyken Hall gardens and vineyard at the end of your tour.
Mileage: Rec 30 Min 19 Max 33

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