Picturesque village

Picturesque village on the border of Cambs home to Harry Potter’s family home

A village right on the Cambridgeshire border brings together picturesque views, iconic buildings and quaint shops.

Lavenham’s history in Suffolk as one of England’s richest settlements during the medieval period has left some breathtaking scenery.

Several centuries later, its eye-catching medieval half-timbered cottages and circular walks gave it new life as a day trip destination.

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Less than an hour’s drive from Cambridge, this stunning location is right on our doorstep and perfect for a day out this winter.

Its rich history is still abundant as its Tudor buildings are well preserved.

Lavenham benefits from its prosperous past, as the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul built in 1525 still stands today for locals and visitors alike.

Something you might not know about the village is the surge of magic that greeted it, drawing fans from all over the world.

De Vere House on Water Street in Lavenham blends in with the rest of the area’s buildings but has become iconic.

The De Vere house was used as part of Godric’s Hollow in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.

This familiar house in the picturesque village of Lavenham was used in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie, Part 1

It attracts large numbers of tourists, with reports some even getting into a cab and knocking on the door to ask if Harry is home.

The village was also named one of the 30 Most Beautiful Villages in the UK by The Times, as well as one of the best places to visit in the UK.

In an article written about the village, they said: “You will come for antique and vintage stores in an old lovejoy playground.

“You’ll linger over England’s best-preserved Tudor village, its wobbly half-timbering and candy-colored plasters are a legacy of prosperity as a town of wool.”

What if you were looking to eat, stay or have fun in the village? Well, there are plenty of options for that too.

Main Street in Lavenham
Marvel at the main street of Lavenham, a short drive from Cambridge

There are a large number of restaurants and bars awaiting customers with their wonderful local seasonal produce and inspired dishes from around the world.

Activities to do include afternoon tea, Lavenham Guildhall and walks and many shops.

A previous visitor took to TripAdvisor to say that the Guildhall is: “Absolutely worth a visit, an incredible building in a town with over 300 Grade I listed Tudor buildings.

“The tour was really made better with the guides briefing on the uses of the buildings over time and all those interesting little facts that we all enjoy.”

So close to Cambridgeshire is truly a place that you can experience on your own and will want to, too.

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