Halesworth has a lot of heritage and history, dating back to the Middle Ages. The River Blyth, on which the town sits, was made navigable in 1756, marking the town’s peak of prosperity. The development enormously improved the town’s trade, particularly for the brewers and maltsters.
A glance at the architecture of Halesworth reveals the immensity of the town’s history, including a Tudor rectory, an Elizabethan almshouse, and a Gothic house that was home to the Bedingfield family from 1540. Its first floor is jetted, its windows are hooded, and its Jacobean porch is quite unique.
In spite of its small size, Halesworth is a pleasant place to visit and stay overnight, as it is quick to get to know but offers a wide range of activities. Southwold beach is just 15 minutes away. An independent toy store is among the many independent shops in the town.
When out and about in Halesworth, you should visit Focus Organic and Focus Boutique, two excellent shops that are sure to intrigue any visitor. The Organic shop carries an extensive range of food and drink, garments, jewellery, furnishings, and a deli and a café. You will enjoy the variety of scarves, hats, and bags available in the Boutique store. It’s always a good idea to stop by one of our stores for ice cream or a tasty snack or to pick out a unique gift for someone special – or just to spoil yourself.
Markets take place every Wednesday at the Market Place, which is the pedestrianised main street leading to the Thoroughfare. On Fridays, the Cary Almshouses, a Dutch-gabled building dating from 1686 that now functions as a library and art gallery, host a wonderful country market.
An excursion to Halesworth should also include a stop at the museum, which is located in the railway station. The museum displays objects from local history to geology, and railway-related material is especially well represented.
The Arts Centre is housed in the Cut, an old malt house dating from the 19th century. There is a wide range of exhibitions, theatre, dance, workshops, music, and classes at The Cut.
Halesworth has a wide variety of dining and lodging options. In the 19th century, Halesworth became a prominent centre for brewing and malting, and hence you will find excellent ale here. The Angel Hotel of the 16th Century is worth a look at, especially if you are interested in history. Set in Thoroughfare Way, the White Hart is also worth checking out.
The town of Halesworth boasts the UK’s largest green, which is made up of a whopping 43 acres of grazing land! This is a protected environment that is home to a variety of wildlife. Among all the great spots for birdwatching in Suffolk, the Halesworth area is particularly wonderful.
Whether you’re looking for superb shops, fine inns, or natural beauty, you can find everything in Halesworth, from kingfishers to water voles and otters!