Tie the knot at the historic Smeetham Hall Barn

For half a millennia, Smeetham Hall Barn has been welcoming visitors. Set within a working farm on a property mentioned in the Domesday Book, it once attracted agricultural folk from across the Suffolk-Essex border region. These days it’s more likely to be future brides and grooms who are checking it out as a potential wedding venue. Its location Near Sudbury is exquisite, and provides the perfect country setting for marriage ceremonies and other events.

Grapple with palette and brush alongside Sudbury's artistic greats

Delve into Sudbury’s artistic heritage by exploring the roots of Thomas Gainsborough, who was born in the town. You can visit his former home, which has been turned into a museum dedicated to his life and work. Flatford Mill, pictured in John Constable’s The Hay Wain, is also Nearby.

Lavenham: untouched for centuries

While in the Smeetham Hall Barn area, a visit to Lavenham, one of the UK’s best-preserved medieval villages, is a must. Walking its streets is like a step back in time and many of its beautiful timber framed buildings are now protected by English Heritage. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Smeetham Hall Barn? Check out Travelodge Cambridge Central Hotel, Travelodge Haverhill Hotel and Travelodge Cambridge Newmarket Road Hotel.