Self-catering holidays in Sudbury are perfect for visitors who want to experience life in a traditional Suffolk community, a stone’s throw from the county’s unspoiled countryside, villages and coast. Sudbury is a market town on the banks of the River Stour. During medieval times, it developed as a centre for the wool trade, which generated much of Suffolk’s wealth. The town is probably best known as the birthplace of the painter Thomas Gainsborough, of whom a statue stands in the town centre. Markets have been held here since the 11th century, and still take place twice weekly with plenty of stalls selling fresh produce from the surrounding countryside.

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Take a stroll from your Sudbury holiday cottage and you will discover an attractive historic centre with Victorian terraces, Georgian manor houses and medieval timber-framed halls. A variety of independent shops can be found in and around North Street, where many of the town’s best restaurants are also located. 

A visit to Gainsborough’s House is highly recommended, a short stroll from Sudbury holiday cottages, with a remarkable collection of paintings by the celebrated artist. Weaver’s Piece at Siam Gardens is another must-see, with exhibits on the town’s historic connection to the weaving trade. Pop into the tourist information centre at the Old Corn Exchange for more information on the town’s attractions. September sees hundreds of boaters pass through the town for the annual Sudbury to the Sea event, which finishes at Cattawade.

St Peter’s Church stands on top of Market Hill, and has been converted into an excellent venue with a busy programme of live shows. There are many scenic walking routes in the area, including Valley Walk, which begins at Sudbury Water Meadows and follows a disused railway track to Long Melford Country Park. Sudbury is surrounded by beautiful countryside, scattered with quaint villages such as Lavenham, Cavendish and Clare.