The most easterly British county, Suffolk is mostly low-lying, and sometimes very windswept.
A small place, Aldeburgh has become famous as the home of composer Benjamin Britten, and for Snape Maltings, with its superb concert hall. The River Alde at the Maltings is a haven for birdlife with its expansive estuary.
Most people are drawn to this attractive Suffolk town by the profusion of half-timbered medieval cottages, beloved of calendar photographers. Lavenham has been called "the most complete medieval town in Britain", a tribute to its fine collection of medieval and Tudor architecture. Mansions of wealthy merchants mingle with simple cottages, some of which mix crooked timber beams with sprightly pink-painted infill
It benefits from the fact that the road completely by-passes it, so there is little or no through-traffic.
The Guildhall was built in 1529, by the wool growers' Guild. Lavenham was famous for its' blue cloth stamped with a fleur-de-lys mark. The Guildhall became successively the town hall and then a gaol, although by then, it was in a poor state of repair. It is now beautifully restored.