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Constable Country and the Suffolk Villages

4 day tour
From £225 per person - minimum 20 passengers

Visit Suffolk, a county of pastoral views and picturesque villages with thatched, colour washed, timber framed cottages. On this tour we find out more about one of the county’s most famous sons, the 17th century painter, John Constable, with visits to Flatford, the location of Flatford Mill, and Christchurch Mansion, home to the largest collection of paintings by Constable and Gainsborough outside of London. We also search out some typical Suffolk towns and villages. These include visits to Framlingham, Saxtead, Sudbury, where Thomas Gainsborough was born. WE also visit  Lavenham, one of the best preserved Tudor villages in Britain.


Dates throughout 2022 & 2023

Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to your hotel

Day 2

Christchurch Mansion and Framlingham

This morning we visit Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich, the home of the largest collection of paintings by Constable and Gainsborough outside London. Explore the period rooms from the Tudor kitchen to the sumptuous Georgian saloon. We then travel to Framlingham where the 12th century castle dominates the market town. The rampart walk offers views over the town and the surrounding countryside. In neighbouring Saxtead, the Green Post Mill is one of many corn windmills built in Suffolk from the late 13th century, whose whole body revolves on its base.

Day 3

Constable Country

A real highlight today as we visit Flatford, the location of Flatford Mill and the thatched Bridge Cottage. The cottage dates from the 16th century and houses an exhibition on the life and work of John Constable including his ‘Flatford’ paintings, ‘The Hay Wain’ perhaps being his best known. We then take a circular tour of the pretty Suffolk countryside including Sudbury, where the painter Thomas Gainsborough was born. We then stop in Lavenham, one of the best-preserved Tudor villages in Britain where there may be time to call in for a drink at ‘The Swan Hotel’, one of England’s finest historic coaching inns.

Day 4

Return home

Time to say farewell to Mr Constable and Mr Gainsborough and return home.

Suggested Hotels

Holiday Inn Colchester ***

This modern hotel is situated in the village of Halstead, three miles from the centre of Colchester just off the A12 road for direct access to London and Ipswich. The shopping and restaurants of historic Colchester are a 10-minute drive away. Holiday Inn Colchester offers a casual, barn-style restaurant, bar & lounge, garden and leisure facilities including indoor swimming pool, gym, Spa, steam room and sauna. All the 110 rooms feature en-suite bathroom, TV, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities. There are rooms adapted for disabled use and a coach park on-site.

Marks Tey Hotel Colchester ****

The hotel is conveniently located 4miles from Colchester, Britain oldest recorded town. Marks Tey railway station is on the hotel’s doorstep and is easily reachable from London via direct rail link. It can also be a great base to explore the south coast and Colchester’s main attractions. This superb hotel offers 110 comfortable bedrooms, an 18 hole golf course, 2 tennis courts, leisure club including indoor pool, Spa, sauna, steam room, hair and beauty salon. Enjoy a 3-course meal in the brasserie-style restaurant or a drink in the bar/lounge area. All rooms have been recently refurnished and are well-equipped with en-suite bathrooms, tea & coffee making facilities, TV, free internet access, trouser press and hairdryer. The hotel does not have a lift but there are plenty of rooms on the ground floor. Coach Parking available on-site.

Holiday Inn Ipswich ****

Ideally located just off the A12/A14 interchange, the hotel is only two miles from Ipswich’s town centre and six minutes ‘drive from Ipswich train station. Facilities within the hotel include an elegant restaurant, bar & lounge area, business centre, indoor swimming pool, spa, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room and gym. Rooms are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, trouser press, TV and hairdryer. The hotel does not have a lift but there are three rooms adapted for disabled access on the ground floor. Coach parking is available upon advanced request only.

Novotel Ipswich ****

This modern 4-star hotel is ideally situated in the city centre of Ipswich, just a stone’s throw away from the vibrant waterfront. Novotel Ipswich offers a comfortable accommodation and guests can enjoy delicious food in the hotel’s restaurant or open-plan bar. There is also a fully-equipped fitness centre. All spacious rooms come equipped with en-suite bathroom, LCD TV, luxury rain showers, comfortable seating area, tea & coffee making facilities.

Dates 4 days / 3 nights 
2022 dates From £225.00 per person
2023 dates From £219.00 per person

Single room supplement available upon request.

All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place for a coach driver or group organiser in a single room, both are based on a minimum 20 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at

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