Browse the gift shop for gifts, cards and souvenirs. There are seasonal and locally sourced flowers on offer too.

Sudbury was a borough until the local government reorganisation of 1974.[18] Since then it has been a civil parish. Being an urban area the parish council and its chair are known as the 'Town Council' and 'Town Mayor' respectively. The parish is part of Babergh, a district covered by Suffolk County Council.

St Peter's Church, Sudbury -  Wednesday 28th September

Built as a hospital for the US Air Force for the D-Day landings, it was converted to a prison in 1948.

Crunch your way through fallen leaves as you enjoy adventures in the great outdoors. Head inside to create your own family portrait and celebrate the talent of Sudbury's local potters.

Set in the heart of East Anglia, Sudbury is a thriving market town and has been since Saxon times. Sudbury continues to surprise locals and visitors alike with its ancient and modern mix of tastefully built properties and fine churches. 

The town council has a representative on the board of the Industrial and Provident Society (IPS), which now manages Suffolk wide library services.

*Last admission 45 minutes before closing (Hall may close early if light level is poor). Open Bank Holidays. **Hall tours from 11:30. ¹Museum opens at 11.

Sudbury Rowing Club, formerly Sudbury Boat Club, was founded in 1874 and has held a regatta in the town every year since, except during the world wars. It has a boathouse and clubhouse in Quay Lane and rows on a 1500m stretch of the Stour by Friars Meadow.[25]

Sudbury has two namesakes in the New England region of the United States: Sudbury, Massachusetts, and Sudbury, Vermont.

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

By road, Sudbury is served by the A131 which runs from near Little Waltham, north of Chelmsford in Essex, and the A134 which runs from Colchester in Essex, through Bury St Edmunds, past Thetford in Norfolk to its west, before merging with the A10 south of King's Lynn. There is a taxi rank for Hackney carriages at Old Market Place. The bus station on Hamilton Road in the town centre provides services to neighbouring places, operated by H.C. Chambers & Son and other operators.

The 1832 Reform Act saw the villages of Ballingdon and Brundon appended to the town.[14] In the 1841 general election Sudbury became the first place in the UK to elect a member of an ethnic minority to parliament, with David Ochterlony Dyce Sombre, the son of an Indian queen, winning the seat. However, he was not allowed to take his place in parliament as he was subsequently declared insane.[15]

Sudbury’s history dates back into the age of the Saxons.[2] The town’s earliest mention is in 799 AD, when Aelfhun, Bishop of Dunwich, died in the town.[3] The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle records the town as Suthberie ("south-borough"), presumed to distinguish it from Norwich or Bury St Edmunds, to the north.[2] The town is also mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, as a market town where the local people came to barter their goods.[3] The market was established in 1009.[4]

In the 21st century the town has hosted the charity fundraising pop music festival, Leestock.


Valley Walk cycle route and footpath, starts at the Sudbury water meadows and continues along the disused railway track, finishing close to Long Melford Country Park, and then connects to Melford Walk.

From catching a falling leaf to collecting conkers. Head outside to complete some of the 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ this autumn.

We're a charity and rely on your donations to help our conservation work

The Sudbury Society was formed in 1973 after a successful campaign to save the town's corn exchange from developers. However, in protecting its ancient centre the town has not shut itself off from modern development. As the town has expanded (to a population in 2005 of 12,080) modern retail and industrial developments have been added on sites close to the centre and on the eastern edge at Chilton. The 18th and 19th century houses near the town centre have been added to by modern developments.

The story of the ambitious young man who built the hall you see today at Sudbury in 1660.

Most of the original single storey accommodation is still in use but has been converted to double or single rooms.

Designed and built as a showpiece for seventeenth century craftsmanship, there are many interior features to inspire and admire.

Find out about private tours and enjoy a warm welcome for you and your group.

Sudbury and the surrounding area, like much of East Anglia, was a hotbed of Puritan sentiment during much of the 17th century. Sudbury was among the town's called "notorious wasps' nests of dissent."[12] During the decade of the 1630s, many families departed for the Massachusetts Bay Colony as part of the wave of emigration that occurred during the Great Migration.

Experience childhood through the ages. Venture into a mine, visit a Victorian school and reminisce over the toy collection as you wander through the eight galleries.

Get the kids exploring outside or warm up inside with some creative crafts. There's plenty going on at Sudbury Hall this half-term.

Sudbury is served by two weekly newspapers, both published on a Thursday. The Sudbury Mercury, owned by the Archant group, is delivered free to households, and the Suffolk Free Press, owned by Anglia Newspapers, is sold in shops around south Suffolk and north Essex.

We have a great many other interesting articles for you to read!

The ‘Pride of Sudbury’ Competition, run by Sudbury Town Council, in partnership with Sudbury in Bloom, is a chance for you all to beautify the areas around you and help make Sudbury a town to be proud of.


Read about the many transformations the garden has undergone to keep pace with changing landscaping fashions.

New single storey buildings accommodate prisoners in either single or two-man rooms. A Modular Temporary Unit (MTU), containing 40 single rooms on two floors, was installed during 2003.

See the wide range of learning opportunities and guided activities we can offer school groups.

Sudbury's Catholic Church, Our Lady Immaculate and St. John the Evangelist, was designed by Leonard Stokes and erected in 1893. The shrine of Our Lady of Sudbury sits within its nave.[16]

Stop by for a morning coffee, spot of lunch, or afternoon tea and a slice of cake.

A five year project to expand the Museum of Childhood's collections. We can't do it alone and are working with the local community to make it possible.

From the 17th century onwards shops were established and they multiplied in the town centre; coaching inns and ale houses also established their trade of victual for weary and thirsty travellers.

Today, Sudbury retains its status as a market town with a twice-weekly market in the town centre in front of the redundant St Peter's Church, which is now a local community point for events such as concerts and exhibitions. In sport, the town has a semi-professional football club, A.F.C. Sudbury, which competes at the seventh level of the football pyramid.

Other sporting groups include a Canoeing club, a Hapkido club, a Running club and a boxing club.

Find out more about the benefits of volunteering and how to join our team.