Sudbury in Suffolk is an historic market-town, where parking is free for up to three hours on weekdays, free on Saturday afternoons and Sundays all day.
The town is set in the Stour Valley, which was made famous by internationally-renowned artists such as Constable, Gainsborough and Nash. Although tranquil and picturesque, our town is a thriving and dynamic place to live, work and visit.
There is a twice-weekly market in the centre of town, on Thursdays and Saturdays, where a wide range of goods are available at affordable prices and a variety of independent retailers, as well as national names, and many individual cafes and restaurants which offer excellent refreshments are based.
With attractions like Gainsborough’s House, the Quay Theatre, open spaces for recreation on the Common Lands and riverside and the Gainsborough Trail footpaths linking around the town, boat trips on the River Stour, the Talbot Trail and regular events in the heart of town at St Peter’s Church (concerts, craft fairs, farmers’ markets, etc.), Sudbury has much to offer.
Sudbury has all this, together with a backdrop of a mediaeval street scene, where ancient buildings witnessed the history of Sudbury – both true and fictional – birthplace of the artist Thomas Gainsborough and of Simon of Sudbury, who founded a college before becoming Lord Chancellor and meeting a sticky end in the Peasant’s Revolt. The town is famous for its silk weaving as well as Dickens’ Rotten Borough and Dodi Smith’s 101 Dalmatian’s drinking in the fountain outside St Peter’s.
Within the district there are many beautiful villages: nearby Long Melford offers restaurants and antique shops and which was one of the prime locations used for the TV series “Lovejoy”; the picturesque village of Lavenham with its many timber-framed buildings, and the National Trust Guildhall; and the village of Great Cornard which offers a country park, lovely walks and access to the River Stour.