Halesworth is ‘a small town called Content’, and a relaxed atmosphere greets you as soon as you step into the main Thoroughfare. The street has a wide range of independent shops, and interesting buildings including a 14th century wine-bar with unusual carved decoration, and the Angel Hotel, a 16th century coaching-inn.

alex contentedTowards the end of the street is the Market Place, where a Wednesday Market has been held since 1222. The parish church of St. Mary the Virgin, stands nearby, facing a picturesque  row of 17th century almshouses, with Dutch curly-gable ends, now housing the Art Gallery.

 Rectory Lane , where a bridge crosses the river is a favourite place for feeding ducks.

There is a railway station, opened in 1859, and the Museum of local history, and the New Cut Arts Centre are popular attractions. The Town Park is well equipped for play and recreation and leads to the Millennium Green an extensive marshland conservation area.

A walk round this fine old town offers a thousand years of history in two hours (or less !)

The introduction is probably best heard in the Thoroughfare where the walk starts with track number 2. Check out our audio map that shows you the route and by clicking on the numbers, you can listen to the tour stop by stop before you come (or enjoy it again afterwards in the comfort of your home!) We have also created a slide show that takes you along the route, so you can familiarise yourself with the town before you coming.

To download the tour, go to our download page. We also have a selection of links and suggestions for further reading. This will be continually updated.