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The county of Suffolk is home to some of the most beautiful, historic market towns in England. Lose yourself in the quaint cobbled streets of Lavenham, Ely and Bury St Edmunds.
Lavenham is one of the best preserved medieval villages in the UK boasting some 320 listed timber framed buildings, many of them protected by English Heritage. This is a unique village created some 750 years ago by Henry III when he granted Lavenham market status, which began the most prosperous period in the village's history.
Lavenham had a thriving market prior to the Charter being granted – records show that in 1202 the Abbott of Bury St Edmunds complained it was overshadowing his market – but the Charter marked a turning point in Lavenham's fortunes. Traders flocked to the village to take advantage of its thriving wool trade, and by 1524 Lavenham was ranked the 14th richest town in the country thanks to the famous Lavenham Blues cloth.
The city of Ely is famed for its magnificent Norman Cathedral which attracts visitors from around the world. Nestled in beautiful Fen countryside, Ely is full of charm and is the ideal destination for a day trip from Newmarket; located less than a 30 minute drive away. Equally charming is the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds that offers the unique combination of great shopping, weekly markets, fascinating Abbey ruins, interesting monuments, galleries and museums, plus a huge range of places to eat.