It’s everything you hope to discover in a quintessential English village. Long Melford is well worth a visit whether you fancy meandering around antique shops, indulging in afternoon tea, making the most of miles of beautiful landscape or visiting a fascinating church or National Trust property.
Long Melford sits in the countryside made famous by artists Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable. It begs you to pull out your camera, and it’ll soon become one of your favourite Suffolk locations. So it’s no surprise that property in Long Melford is always in high demand for those who want to make this lovely village their permanent home.
The character of Long Melford
The heart of Long Melford is the two-and-a-half-mile High Street, which is the longest in England. Here, visitors find a wealth of boutique shops (including plenty of antiques!) and enticing cafes, restaurants, pubs and even art galleries. Holy Trinity Church sits at the top overlooking the stunning village green. Beyond the High Street, you’re treated to an independent brewery, a Heritage Centre and Long Melford Country Park, to name just a few places of interest. In addition, the National Trust property, Melford Hall, and privately-owned Kentwell Hall are both beloved parts of the village. These different aspects combine to give the village a charming, welcoming and relaxed character.
Long Melford developed through Suffolk’s historic wool trade and this is still reflected in much of the village’s character today.
Places to visit in Long Melford
Visitors can enjoy numerous experiences in Long Melford, including:
Holy Trinity Church
Dating from the 15th century, with a 1903 tower, the church is well-worth a visit. Just outside, spot the red-brick hospital dating from 1573 and enjoy looking at the incredible stained glass inside.
Kentwell Hall and Gardens
A beautifully restored Tudor house, Kentwell Hall welcomes visitors to various events throughout the year. Check their website for specific events.