A bustling and historic market town on the trainline from Norwich, this is a lovely destination for a day trip in Suffolk.
A principal place in Suffolk
The largest town in the Mid Suffolk district, Stowmarket gets its name the old English word of stow, meaning principal place.
The town was granted a market charter back in 1347 by Edward III and has seen bi-weekly markets held ever since.
Shopping is not just on the market front though, the town centre has a good blend of national and independent retailers - meaning you can find something to treat yourself or others. The centre of town also, helpfully, boasts free wi-fi privided by the town council.
Home to The Food Museum, formerly The Museum of East Anglian Life, there is plently to grow, make and eat.
Why not also visit nearby Helmingham Hall? It has Grade I listed gardens at the more than 500 year old residence and is a true sight to behold.
On the trunk of the A14, Stowmarket is in reach of Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich along with both Norfolk and London with its main trainline. Whether you're heading up to Norfolk, or down from it, why not stop at Stowmarket and take in this lovely Suffolk town?
Stowmarket Square Button - Regal Theatre, Chris Holifield
Black and white image - Ipswich Street, John Baker
Archway - View from Ipswich Street, Colin Park.