At The Swan

History Talks and Guided Tours

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 priced at £35 per person.

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.

Make a Booking

For more details and to book contact Jane Larcombe:
T: 07787 426371;

For an insight into 1940s Lavenham, have a look at this video from the British Film Council Collection archives: