Hidden Gems of England
Student / Child:
 Guided day tour from Cambridge 
 Villages of the Suffolk Wool Trade  
 An hour from Cambridge along the valley of the River Stour lie some of England's most beautiful villages. These historic centres prospered from the wool trade, and although they are little more than villages today, in the 15th and 16th centuries they were thriving hubs of commerce. The result: handsome churches, timber-framed houses and stately mansions, some of the most photographed in England.  
  Please note this tour is run by our partners at Esplora. All bookings are made directly with them.  
Timber-framed buildings, Lavenham
Plan for the day
  • We depart from Cambridge at 0900 (please read 'Tour details' below) to arrive in Bartlow village church at about 0945.
  • On arrival your guide will bring the history of rural England to life for you. The tour commentary can also be provided in Italian.
  • Visits to various villages: 1045 Stoke by Clare; 1100 Clare; 1200 Cavendish; 1230 Long Melford church.
  • 1300 Lunch (not included) in Long Melford.
  • 1330 Guided tour of Long Melford Hall.
  • 1500 Guided tour of Lavenham Guildhall.
  • 1530 Free time in Lavenham: time to explore the antique shops, gift shops and coffee shops of the small town.
  • 1630 depart Lavenham.
  • 1730 Arrive back in Cambridge
Tour attractions
  Half-timbered houses, Lavenham 
 Medieval architecture at its finest reflecting the opulent wealth of the wool merchants of the time. 
  Melford Hall  
 Fabulous 16th century palatial manor house once used to entertain Queen Elizabeth I. 
  Long Melford Church 
 One of the great 15th century Suffolk wool churches built for the prosperous local cloth merchants. 
  River Stour Villages 
 A succession of pretty villages photo-graphed for their thatched cottages and pastel-shaded timber buildings. 
Tour details
Price:Adults, Students & Children £60.
Price includes: Return travel, entry fee to Long Melford Hall and Lavenham Guildhall services of experienced tour guide.
Not included: Meals.
Departure point: Near to the Botanic Gardens entrance, Bateman Street.(See map)
Departure times: Depart at 9am, return at 5.30pm.
Small groups:  Maximum of 12 passengers per tour.
Private tours:Please contact Esplora for details.
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Please note this tour is run by our partners at Esplora. All bookings are made directly with them. Book here
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