Constable Country & Suffolk Villages

Suffolk is a country of pastoral views and picturesque villages with thatched, colour washed, timber framed cottages. Constable’s greatest joy was painting his native Dedham Vale, the valley of the River Stour around Dedham and East Bergholt. Many of the scenes that Constable painted can still be appreciated today, as can Flatford Mill, owned by Constable’s father, and Willie Lott’s Cottage immortalised in ‘The Hay Wain’. 

Hotel – Holiday Inn Colchester.


Day 1 - Travel to hotel, Suffolk boasts miles of unspoilt coastline, tranquil countryside, and enchanting towns and villages. After checking into your hotel, the rest of the day is free to explore the surrounding area.

Day 2 - Today you will discover Ipswich’s historic past and visit the beautiful Christchurch Mansion. You will see period rooms from the sumptuous Georgian Saloon, to the more humble Victorian wing with its displays of childrens toys and dolls houses. Also here is the largest collection of paintings outside London by Gainsborough and Constable. Continue onto the town of Framlingham which is dominated by its superb 12th century castle.

Day 3 - Today you will venture into the heart of Constable Country. A thatched cottage dating from the 16th century. Flatford Bridge Cottage houses and exhibition on the life and work of 17th century painter John Constable. Take a circular tour of the Suffolk countryside including Sudbury, where the painter Thomas Gainsborough was born. Lavenham, described as the ‘finest medieval town in England’, and where you might like to enjoy a drink in the historic Old Bar of The Swan.

Day 4 - You may wish to have a few hours exploring Bury St Edmunds, one of Britain’s best-loved market towns, before departing for home.

(Admission Fees Included).


No of Days



July 28th




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