Exploring the Delightfully Wobbly Village of Lavenham, Suffolk

If you’ve read this blog for a while you will know a few things about me: I overshare, it takes me a while to blog about things and I love drunk wobbly houses.  So waaaay back in November last year, I jumped in my little Smurf Mobile and headed to the delightfully wobbly village of Lavenham in Suffolk after a number of people told me I would fall head over heels in love with the village…and they were right!

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As soon as I arrived into Lavenham and located the car park I was already onto having my third litter of kittens (see earlier note about oversharing) as there were just so many drunk little wobbly houses to photograph…

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

….I may have ended up with RSI from taking way too many photos.

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

My first stop was to find a piece of gluten free cake at Munnings Tea Rooms

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

…aka the crooked house…how crooked…well this crooked…

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

…I wasn’t complaining about this gorgeous crooked beast…thankfully all this wobbliness came complete with three gluten free cake options…seriously good wobbliness…

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

…and a tea cup with my name on it!

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

The inside is just as amazing as the outside…I know you want a peek inside!

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

After refuelling, I wandered around Lavenham exploring it’s main street and copious amounts of little drunk wobbly houses…are you ready…hold onto your wobbly house britches folks…

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

…there…

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

…is…

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

…not…

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…enough…

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…gorgeous…

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

…colourful…

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

…wobbly…

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…houses….

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

…in…

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…this…

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…world!

Are you feeling wobbly yet…if not, here’s some wobbly house rooftops!

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Even the local hotel, The Swan at Lavenham is wobbly…and they serve an afternoon tea (which I didn’t try)!

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

Lavenham is one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England and I don’t really think it gets any better than this…these half timbered houses just make me want to skip for joy.

And then there are the thatched cottages…

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

…seriously Lavenham has it all….

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

…included a pub with a thatched roof (I’m still giggling at the name of the pub…I’m rather mature)…I was seriously at this point researching house prices so I could move in…gluten free cake, thatched cottages, wobbly houses…I don’t care about the lack of shoe shops…I can get those delivered to my wobbly house door.

Talking of *coughs* doors, there was a pretty good amount of door porn going on in Lavenham as well…

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

…I will limit myself…

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

…otherwise you will get RSI from scrolling through a million and one photos again.

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

Sorry…just found another door photo that I want to add in…sorrrrrrry…not the one above…the one below!

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

Lavenham was gearing up for it’s annual christmas market so the village was sprinkled with christmas trees…

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

…it did all look rather magical (if I was a good blogger, I would have blogged about this prior to the christmas market however I’m giving you a huge amount of notice before the next christmas market)

Now Lavenham is a must visit if you’re a fan of Harry Potter as it is a Harry Potter Filming location…do you remember this door…

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

…it’s the family home of Harry Potter in Godric’s Hollow! While I was photographing the said door,  two couples came over and one of the husbands gushed, oh my god its the door from Harry Potter…queue giggles from me and his friends …I love how you don’t have to be a kid to love Harry Potter.

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

De Vere House in Lavenham…just in case you get lost and need to ask someone to point you in the right direction.

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

The Guildhall was also used however then they did something wonderful with CGI but this is the pretty building that they filmed…

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

…I now want to watch my Harry Potter box set…anyone else a HP fan?

I had such a fantastic day exploring Lavenham and I’m not sure why it took me so long to blog about it!  This isn’t part of my 2016 New Year’s Resolution so if you have any other recommendations for Suffolk please send them my way.

On my way home, I had to pop into The Manger…not to give birth though…just to use their loos as I was busting…probably though the excitement of seeing so many wobbly houses in one village!

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages. A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

Travel Tips for Lavenham, Suffolk

  • There’s no train station for Lavenham so it’s best to catch the train to either Bury St Edmunds or Sudbury and then grab a taxi
  • There are no cash machines in the village so make sure you bring enough cash and cards with you
  • The village is pretty flat but would suggest wearing flats.
  • If you’re tall, make sure to duck you head when entering wobbly buildings
  • You can read more about Suffolk on the Visit Suffolk website.

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London to Lavenham, Suffolk - one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England with cute little timber framed houses and thatched cottages.  A visit to Lavenham is a must for any Harry Potter fan visiting England as the village was used as a filming location. Click the link to read more Lavenham Travel Tips and where to eat the best gluten free food in the village.

xx

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16 Comments

  1. March 17, 2016 / 12:17 PM

    I had an ex from Ipswich so I’ve been to quite a few places in Suffolk, Lavenham included. I’d recommend Aldeburgh, Orford (for the castle) and Felixstowe also :) x
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    • March 26, 2016 / 7:33 PM

      Ohhh thanks for the recommendations Leanne…will be adding them onto my ideas list so thank you so much! xx

    • March 26, 2016 / 7:45 PM

      You will need to go back Tanja hehe! It’s a great place and thank you so much for the recommendation x

  2. March 18, 2016 / 11:44 PM

    This must be one of the cutest spots on earth, looks almost like it came from a comic book, perfect! <3

    • March 26, 2016 / 7:22 PM

      I know…I had kittens when I first arrived as I thought it was just so pretty! xx

  3. March 20, 2016 / 7:08 PM

    It is pretty as long as I’m not the person in charge of making sure they stay standing.

    • March 26, 2016 / 7:20 PM

      Haha…can you imagine insuring one of those wobbly little houses Heather! xx

  4. March 31, 2016 / 12:35 AM

    whaaaaaaat, do places like this actually exist??? This is the coolest town I’ve ever seen! It looks like a photo shopped film set.
    I want to go I want to go!!!
    Betty x
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    • April 1, 2016 / 7:35 PM

      They sure…amazing isn’t it! I know, I still can’t get over that people live in houses like this and that’s after living in england for 12 years! xx

  5. March 31, 2016 / 3:47 PM

    Ohhh myyyyy goshhhh, all the wobblyness…just too cute!

    • April 1, 2016 / 7:32 PM

      I know…you can never have enough wobbliness in your life!! x

    • April 1, 2016 / 7:14 PM

      Pin away Madi hehe! It’s so cute and there are so many amazing places to visit in England for your next trip x

  6. Cathelijne
    July 14, 2016 / 7:58 PM

    Tried Saffron Walden yet? Almost as wobbly cute as Lavenham! Oh, and Orford is indeed fab too, the cottages on the green in particular! Oh, and Dedham, but that’s in Essex, so doesn’t really count, I suppose. I just love love love Suffolk & Essex!

    • July 16, 2016 / 11:36 PM

      Hey Cathelijne, I’ve not yet but it’s on my wobbly wish list hehe! Okay all these suggestions are fantastic so thank you. I went to Dedham earlier in the year and thought it was gorgeous. Suffolk is just glorious xx

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