Places to Visit Hadleigh (Suffolk)

Rich in History & Nature

Hadleigh is well worth a visit when you stay with us at The Lion, East Bergholt. This historic market town is nestled in the picturesque Suffolk countryside, boasts a rich heritage that dates back over a thousand years. From its medieval origins to its vibrant cultural scene, Hadleigh offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into the past alongside a variety of attractions to explore.

The History

The history of Hadleigh, Suffolk makes it a great place to explore when you stay in East Bergholt. This rich history is deeply intertwined with its strategic location along ancient trade routes, which contributed to its prosperity and importance in the region. The town's origins can be traced back to Saxon times when it was known as "Haðan leage," meaning "heath-covered meadow." Over the centuries, Hadleigh grew into a thriving market town, renowned for its bustling market square and historic buildings.

One of the town's most iconic landmarks is the Grade I listed St. Mary's Church, a magnificent medieval church that dominates the skyline with its towering spire. Dating back to the 15th century, St. Mary's is renowned for its stunning architecture, intricate carvings, and beautifully preserved stained glass windows. Visitors can explore the church's interior, admire its historic features, and learn about its fascinating history through guided tours and exhibitions.

Another must-visit attraction in Hadleigh is the historic Guildhall, a striking timber-framed building that once served as the center of civic life in the town. Dating back to the 15th century, the Guildhall has witnessed centuries of history and played a crucial role in the governance of Hadleigh. Today, it houses a museum dedicated to the town's heritage, showcasing artifacts, photographs, and interactive displays that bring Hadleigh's past to life.

Hadleigh St Mary's Church

Walks in Nature

For outdoor enthusiasts, Hadleigh offers ample opportunities for exploration and adventure amidst its scenic surroundings. The nearby Hadleigh Castle, a ruined medieval fortress perched atop a hill overlooking the River Thames estuary, provides stunning views and a glimpse into England's architectural history. Additionally, the nearby Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) offers miles of walking and cycling trails, meandering rivers, and picturesque villages to discover.

Hadleigh Suffolk Walks


In addition to its historic attractions and natural beauty, Hadleigh boasts a vibrant cultural scene with a variety of events, festivals, and activities throughout the year. From traditional markets and agricultural shows to art exhibitions and live performances, there's always something happening in Hadleigh to entertain and inspire visitors of all ages.

If you are staying at The Lion in East Bergholt then be sure to visit Hadleigh, Suffolk. It's around 15 minutes drive away and offers a quintessentially English village feel surrounded by picturesque walks.

Things to do in Hadleigh Suffolk