Where to find historic churches in Suffolk this summer

We’re fairly well known for our lush landscapes and charming villages in Suffolk, but what we’re also full to the rafters with is some of the most remarkable historic churches you’re likely to find in England. With many dating back to the mediaeval period, our churches provide an intimate glimpse into the past and are particularly worth visiting during a summer holiday in Suffolk at one of our Barns or Barges for rent.

St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds

Originally established as a parish church back in 1065, St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds was subsequently elevated to cathedral status in 1914. The cathedral’s stunning Gothic architecture, combined with its more recent Millennium Tower which was completed in 2005, makes it a unique blend of old and new. What’s more, the cathedral’s beautiful gardens and historic cloisters offer a peaceful retreat in the heart of an otherwise bustling town.

Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh

Often referred to as the “Cathedral of the Marshes,” Holy Trinity Church in Blythburgh is a dramatic sight set against the backdrop of the Suffolk countryside. A 15th-century church defined by its striking angel roof, you’ll find carved wooden angels spanning the length of the nave overhead. The light-filled interior is produced by large Perpendicular windows and the church’s serene location near the River Blyth, make it a must-visit.

St. Mary’s Church, Woolpit

St. Mary’s Church in Woolpit is something of an architectural marvel. Built back to the 14th century, it features an impressive 15th-century double hammerbeam roof adorned with yet more carved angels. The church’s tower, standing at 138 feet, is one of the tallest in Suffolk and offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. 

St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church, Lavenham

Lavenham, well-known for its mediaeval timber-framed buildings, is also home to the magnificent St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church. Built sometime between 1486 and 1525, this church is a testament to the wealth of the wool trade that once flourished in the area. Its 141-foot tower is visible for miles around, and the church’s intricate stonework, stained glass windows, and ornate wooden carvings make it a highlight of any visit to Lavenham.

St. Bartholomew’s Church, Orford

Located in the charming coastal village of Orford, St. Bartholomew’s Church is a perfect example of Norman architecture. The church dates all the way back to the 12th century and features a vareity of Romanesque and Gothic elements. Its distinctive round tower, one of only a few in Suffolk, adds to its historic charm. The church’s interior, with its mediaeval font and ancient brasses, offers a serene and contemplative atmosphere.

St. Mary’s Church, Stoke by Nayland

St. Mary’s Church in Stoke by Nayland is a fine example of Decorated Gothic architecture. The church’s impressive tower, built in the 15th century, dominates the village skyline. Inside, you’ll find a beautifully carved chancel screen, mediaeval brasses, and a 15th-century font. The church’s hilltop location also offers stunning views of the surrounding Dedham Vale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Altogether, Suffolk’s historic churches are more than just places of worship; they are a testament to the county’s rich history and architectural heritage. Whether you’re exploring the grandeur of St. Edmundsbury Cathedral or the serene ruins of St. Andrew’s in Covehithe, each church offers a unique story and a glimpse into the past. This summer, take the time to visit these remarkable destinations when staying at one of our Barges or Barns for rent in Suffolk.

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