The Town of Sudbury in Suffolk

Sudbury Suffolk Holidays

A visitors guide to the ancient Market Town of Sudbury located in the Stour Valley in Suffolk.  Sudbury is a town full of three storey 19th century silk weavers cottages and timber houses that once belonged to cloth merchants and was also home to the artist Thomas Gainsborough (1727 - 1788).

Thomas Gainsborough was born in his parent's house in Gainsborough Street (formerly Sepulchre street) in 1727, when he died in 1788 he was buried not in Sudbury but at Kew. His parents house is now run by a private charitable trust and exhibits more of his work than any other gallery in the world. The house is usually open to the public every day.

The town of Sudbury prospered from its medieval woollen cloth industry and in the 19th century its silk industry, which explains the many three storey weavers cottages, where the weavers worked at their looms, lit by the large first floor windows. 

Sudbury has a good range of independent shops as well as a local market, with a Farmers Market held in the town on the last Friday of each month. 

Boat trips are available on the River Stour; including the River Stour Trusts electric launch called Rosette, which takes visitors down the river to a riverside pub.

In addition to both angling and coarse fishing, there are some lovely riverside walks. For golf enthusiasts there is Newton Green Golf Club or the Stoke By Nayland Golf Course. Also down by the river is 'The Quay' an old warehouse that  has been converted into an intimate theatre in a building that dates from 1792. The theatre has an upstairs bar with fine views over the river. Open during lunchtimes and evenings for drinks, as well as putting on interesting productions throughout the year.
The large church of St. Peters at the eastern end of the market place is used as a venue for concerts, craft fairs and other events.

Outside on the north side of the church is the famous drinking trough where, in the book "101 Dalmatians", Pongo and Perdita took a drink at midnight.

The Kingfisher Leisure Centre is an indoor water based leisure centre with a wave machine, sauna, spa bath and fitness gym. There is also a ten pin bowling at Sudbury Bowl.

The Valley Walk for walkers and cyclist offers good views of the town and river. The Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership operate a rail route between Marks Tey (Essex) and Sudbury. Named "The Gainsborough Line", it starts in the village of Marks Tey, travels through the village of Chappel through to the Hamlet of Bures before finishing at Sudbury.

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