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The 15th century Swan at Lavenham, one of the finest historic hotels in Suffolk, is now offering history talks and guided tours to groups of up to 30 people.

Covering the fascinating history of Lavenham and the hotel from the medieval period through to the 1960s, the half-day outing includes tea or coffee on arrival and a hot, two-course lunch in a private dining room.

A famous medieval inn steeped in centuries of history, The Swan is an iconic timber-framed building, which has been adapted and developed into a luxury hotel and spa, while retaining its medieval charm.

Lavenham, widely regarded as being one of the finest surviving examples of a medieval town, was founded on the cloth trade, which brought the population its livelihood and wealth in the 15th and 16th centuries.

During World War II, US Army Air Force and UK service personnel stationed near Lavenham frequented the hotel. Although long departed their names remain inscribed on the walls of the Old Bar. Renamed the Airmen’s Bar, it’s also full of their memorabilia as well as a list of the servicemen who took up the challenge of downing 3.5 pints of ale from a glass boot; arrange a tour and discover who held the record and how long it took.

For further enquires or to make a booking, please contact us on 01787 247477 or email alternatively you may contact us via the form below. 

*Accommodation rate will be dependent on room availability or room type booked

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