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Getting There -- Trains depart London's North Street Station at least once an hour, sometimes more often, for Colchester, where they connect quickly to the town of Sudbury. For information, call tel. 0845/748-4950 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk. From Sudbury, Chambers & Sons, Ltd. (tel. 01787/227233; www.chamberscoaches.co.uk) has about nine daily buses making the short run to Lavenham. The trip from London takes between 2 and 2 1/2 hours.

National Express buses depart from London's Victoria Coach Station, carrying passengers to the town of Bury St. Edmunds, some 14km (9 miles) from Lavenham. For information, call tel. 0871/781-81-81 or visit www.nationalexpress.com. From Bury St. Edmunds, you can take another bus on to Lavenham. The trip takes about 2 1/2 hours.

If you're driving from Bury St. Edmunds, continue south on the A134 toward Long Melford, but cut southeast to Lavenham at the junction with the A1141.

Visitor Information -- The Tourist Information Centre is on Lady Street (tel. 01787/248207; www.discoverlavenham.co.uk) and is open Easter to October 31 daily 10am to 4:45pm; March and November, Saturday hours are 11am to 5pm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.