10 Things to Do in Sudbury That You Shouldn't Miss

January 30, 2018 Fernanda Pittenger

Sudbury is a historic market town in Suffolk, one of the largest counties of England in East Anglia. Sudbury itself is worth exploring on foot, a small family friendly town with a shopping area (mostly full of chain shops but with a few great local shops), and a few good bars and restaurants. Fans of art history will be pleased to discover the house of Thomas Gainsborough on the appropriately named Gainsborough Street at the bottom of Market Hill, and book lovers may be amused by the plaque at St Peter's Church which acknowledges the fact that the town was referenced in Dodie Smith's classic 101 Dalmations.
Restaurants in Sudbury

1. Gainsborough's House

46 Gainsborough Street, Babergh District CO10 2EU, England +44 1787 372958
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4.5 based on 195 reviews

Gainsborough's House

Gainsborough’s House explores the life and art of Thomas Gainsborough. One of the greatest artists of his age, he is renowned throughout the world for his portrait and landscape paintings. The house, ‘a most excellent Brickt Mansion,’ was bought by John Gainsborough, the artist’s father, in May 1722. Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) was born in Sudbury and was baptized there at the Independent Meeting-House in Friars Street on 14 May 1727. He lived here until around 1740 when, as a young teenager, he was sent to London to pursue a career as an artist. He returned to Sudbury in the spring of 1749 until 1752 when he painted his celebrated Mr and Mrs Andrews. He never lost the influence of his native town and county. ‘Nature was his teacher, and the woods of Suffolk his academy,’ noted an obituary after his death in 1788.

Reviewed By Barry L - Norwich, United Kingdom

Small museum. A few paintings with some of Constable. Some silk exhibits. Information boards very enlightening. One floor not open to the public no explanation given why. Curiosity now sated. Not particular good value for money.

2. Rafi's Spicebox Ltd

77 North Street, Babergh District CO10 1RF, England +44 1787 881992
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Rafi's Spicebox Ltd

At the Spicebox we flippin’ love food! We want to share with you our passion and knowledge to help you create delicious food for your family and friends. We have shops in Sudbury, York, Harrogate, Newcastle Fenwick Food Hall and online. Pop by for tips & advice, menu planning ideas and our handmade Curry Packs, tailored to your tastes. We also have a large range of loose spices, gift sets & kitchenware, pickles & chutneys, snacks & sweets, breads, rice and much more. Whether you’re a novice cook or avid foodie, we’ll have something to tickle your taste buds and help you get creative in the kitchen.

Reviewed By Denise D

Well once you have used one of these curry mixes, you won't want another take away. Are so easy to use and make, when I do use chicken I prepare the sauce as instructed and leave to go cold, then add chicken and leave until...MoreHi Denise, thanks for the review of Rafi's Spicebox in Sudbury.

3. The Angel Therapy Rooms

Brick Kiln Hill, Babergh District CO10 5NT, England +44 1787 211730
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The Angel Therapy Rooms

A relaxing therapy centre located in a quaint village setting surrounded by beautiful countryside. Offering massage holistic therapies and spa treatments to balance mind body and spirit

Reviewed By pauline s - Colchester, United Kingdom

I visited the treatment rooms when they were at Assington and liked them then however this has taken them to another level. The surroundings are relaxing from start to finish. The treatment I had the Hot Stones was amazing and fell asleep and felt thoroughly relaxed and rejuvenated when I left. The therapist was understanding and knowledgeable and projected a calm aura which in my life is an achievement!! Loved it and will return soon

4. The Quay Theatre

Quay Lane, Babergh District CO10 2AN, England +44 1787 374745
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

The Quay Theatre

Reviewed By Arty L - Lavenham, United Kingdom

A fabulous theatre for plays, comedy and musical Performances. Must mention the bar upstairs which is open to everyone. Great atmosphere and very friendly theatre members and staff. The auditorium has wheel chair access.Thank you Arty!

5. River Stour Trust Boat Trips

Quay Lane | The Granary, Babergh District CO10 2AN, England
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River Stour Trust Boat Trips

River Stour Trust is a volunteer-led registered charity dedicated to restoring & conserving the River Stour Navigation for all. The river has a long history with scenes of the working river immortalised in John Constable’s famous paintings. Our silent, eco-friendly electric boats include a restored Stour Lighter & are the ideal way to ‘Discover Constable's River’ at Sudbury, Flatford & Dedham.

Reviewed By Atomic188 - Suffolk, United Kingdom

11 of us booked the river trip to and from the Henny Swan for lunch.
It is hard to image a trip like this running more smoothly. We were able to park our cars with no problem, the climbing aboard was easy, our party included ages from 30's to an active 90 year old. The trip in the elegant and quiet electric boat (Elizabethan Lady) was a perfect English river trip. Cows in meadows, swans swimming by, fish in the clear water, dragon flies and other wildlife.
Our boat hosts were warm, knowledgable and helpful.....the whole trip was seamlessly painless and enjoyable.
A hearyt "Well done" to the River Stour Boat Trip people.
p.s. Our pre booked meal at the Henny Swan was excellent.

6. Sudbury Tourist Information Centre

Sudbury Library | Market Hill, Babergh District, England +44 1787 881320
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Sudbury Tourist Information Centre

Reviewed By SheffieldMarshall - London

Nestling within the Library, in the Corn Exchange building, the Tourist Information Office has a wealth of literature and helpful advice. Talk to them about where you plan to visit and they may be able to offer you attractive money off bargains for entry to an event/exhibit.

7. Sudbury Library

Sudbury Library Market Hill, Babergh District CO10 2EN, England +44 1787 242570
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Sudbury Library

Reviewed By Chris E - Ipswich, United Kingdom

We were searching for a book, and the staffwere very helpful and introduced us to the library's on-line facilities

8. St Peter's Sudbury

Market Hill, Babergh District CO10 2EA, England +44 7597 020427
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4 based on 9 reviews

In 1971 St Peter's Church was closed for public worship. It is now a community venue which is open to the public on most days. The building hosts a wide variety of Performances, fairs and Exhibitions but is also open for sightseeing. Entrance is usually free of charge, except when there is a function taking place.

Reviewed By stephen h

I have visited this church on many occasions. Although it is not regularly used for church services it has, in my opinion become a hub for the community. Every Thursday it hosts Kettle and Fish which offers an important service to the community. It also has a great kids play area. The church also regularly holds Concerts, farmers markets, craft fairs and a Christmas tree festival. It also has art displays. Excellent use of the building and playing an important role in the community.

9. Puressence

14 Gainsborough Street, Babergh District CO10 2EU, England +44 1787 827120
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Puressence

Puressence a Centre for Health & Well-being from an Holistic perspective Balancing your Mind,Body,Soul & Spirit. Committed to providing a high quality, professional and friendly service to all clients. Puressence has many treatment rooms & also a relaxation room which will be offered to all clients before & after treatments.

Reviewed By Jeannette P

Would recommend Puressence and the lovely Jenna to everyone. I was taught Reiki 1, 2 & My Reiki Masters by Jenna, she has such a passion for what she does, I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher. I look forward to many more visits...MoreHello Jeannette Always a pleasure to see you, it has been wonderful teaching you Reiki and I am so proud of you. I am so happy you like the new Business and looking forward to seeing you soon. Thank you Jenna

10. Strikes Sudbury

4 Byford Road | Unit 1, Babergh District CO10 2YG, England +44 1787 312288
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Strikes Sudbury

Reviewed By ailish789 - Colchester, United Kingdom

We had our daughter's 13th birthday party here today and cannot speak highly enough of this venue. We weren't sure if it would be a suitable choice for a group of 18 teenagers but it was even better that we could have hoped for!
They played 2 games of Laser and then enjoyed some party food in the dedicated party room. It was very well organised and the staff were extremely attentive from the minute we arrived until we left. We have had parties in similar venues before and have always felt let down by the whole experience but Strikes in Sudbury is really a venue that I highly recommend. The feedback from the children has been fantastic too so well done to everyone that helped to make this such a memorable party for them all!

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