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Harleston dates back to medieval times with some buildings remaining from the 13th century.

The origin of the name is shrouded in mystery with local legend believing that that the name is derived from 'Harolds Stone' which sits in the centre of the town.

Heritage Open Days

Every September thousands of volunteers across England organise events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It's your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.

Harleston will join the celebrations with a focus on our connection to the Mayflower Pilgrims of 400 years ago who sailed to the New World with their religious beliefs and ideas for a new life.  But there will be other themed events and activities during the Open Days from 6 – 15 September.

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Historic Buildings

There are over 147 listed building entries with Historic England for Harleston.  Some dating back back to the 1400s.


However, unlike other towns which have stripped back the subsequent development and evolution of the buildings, those in Harleston are often hidden under a brick Georgian or Victorian overcoat.

Heritage Walks

There are a series of guided and self guided walks around Harleston. These range from an introduction and welcome to the town to an in depth delve into a specific aspect of the town, its history and heritage.

The walk range is completed with an audio trail of the town and St Mary's Church in Redenhall.


Mayflower Memories

In 1620 the Mayflower ship sailed to America taking a group of passengers who would become known as the Pilgrims.  These are revered as the founding fathers of America as we know it today.

Harleston played a role in this significant chapter in world history.

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