Suffolk & Constable Country

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Audley End House & Gardens

Board our private executive coach at your preferred pick up points – stop at a convenient property en route such as Audley End House and Gardens near Saffron Walden to discover the sumptuous splendour enjoyed by royalty and the aristocracy in one of England’s grandest stately homes – continue to the 4* Novotel Ipswich.

Day 2 – Gainsborough’s House, Lavenham & Melford Hall

Gainsborough’s House at Sudbury, the birthplace of the famous painter, dates back to the 16th century and boasts an outstanding collection of more of his work than any other gallery – Lavenham is one of England’s finest medieval villages with a 15th century church and the Guildhall, an early 16th century timber framed building that dominates the Market Place – continue to the National Trust’s Melford Hall, one of East Anglia’s most celebrated Elizabethan houses where little has changed externally since 1578.

Day 3 – Christchurch Mansion, Constable Country & Bridge Cottage

With historic room settings, outstanding paintings and furniture and the modern Wolsey Art Gallery, the Tudor building of Christchurch Mansion is one of East Anglia’s most important visitor attractions – the rest of the day is spent with our Blue Badge guide exploring Constable Country located on the Suffolk and Essex border – East Bergholt is the site of John Constable’s Studio and St Mary’s Church, built in the 15th and 16th centuries and renowned for the absence of a tower or spire to house the bells – at Dedham our tour takes in sights such as Constable’s School and Dedham Parish Church, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin in 1492 – Bridge Cottage at Flatford is located upstream from Flatford Mill and houses an exhibition on John Constable, several of whose paintings famously feature the mill.

Day 4 – Sutton Hoo, Aldeburgh & Benjamin Britten’s The Red House

This morning we visit the National Trust’s Sutton Hoo, an Anglo Saxon royal burial site where the priceless Sutton Hoo treasure was discovered in a huge ship grave in 1939 – a guided tour of the picturesque 16th century fishing village of Aldeburgh includes a visit to The Red House, where Benjamin Britten lived and worked for the last two decades of his life, and the interiors of the House including his studio and library are presented as they were in the mid- 1960s.

Day 5 – Ickworth House

Stop at a convenient property en route home such as Ickworth House, located in 70 acres of stunning gardens and 1,800 acres of idyllic ‘Capability’ Brown parkland, home to a fine collection of Old Master paintings, silver and Regency furniture and dominated by its huge central Rotunda dating from 1795 – return to our original departure points with comfort stops en route.

Tour Features

4* hotel

All excursions & guided tours included

Half board accommodation

Blue Badge guide in Suffolk

Executive coach throughout

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Audley End House & Gardens

Gainsborough’s House

Lavenham 

Melford Hall

Christchurch Mansion

Constable Country

Bridge Cottage at Flatford

Sutton Hoo

Aldeburgh & Benjamin Britten’s The Red House - guided tour

Ickworth House

Hotel

Four nights on half board basis at the 4* Novotel Ipswich. Located a five minute walk from the town centre, facilities include a restaurant and a bar and all rooms are en suite.

Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest you might like to include:

  • Christchurch Mansion - this Tudor building features historic room settings, outstanding paintings and furniture and the modern Wolsey Art Gallery
  • The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds - a rare and outstanding example of a Regency playhouse
  • Colchester - a guided tour of Britain’s first Roman City incorporates a visit to Colchester Castle Museum, depicting 2000 years of some of the most important events in British history
  • Bury St Edmunds - guided tour incorporates a visit to St Edmundsbury Cathedral, a place of worship for nearly 1,000 years, and the Theatre Royal, a rare and outstanding example of a Regency playhouse
  • Kentwell Hall - a mix of styles with the Great Hall and the Dining Room emphasising their Tudor origins while the Library and the Drawing Room are classical in style
  • Framlingham Castle - an enchanting 12th century castle where Mary Tudor waited to hear whether she or Lady Jane Grey had been declared queen after the death of Edward VI

 

Tour Reviews

Reviews for Suffolk & Constable Country

Date of tour: May 2016

I have been intending to write to you since our return from Suffolk to thank you and Rebecca for organising such an excellent tour for our Society. I have had so many messages from the people who went on the tour to say how much they enjoyed it. The hotel was excellent in every way. In fact my husband and I are going back in a few weeks’ time to spend some more time there without being responsible for a group! Our guide, Claire, was excellent too. She was entertaining and informative, looked after us all, and related to the group extremely well. Many thanks again.

BM, Great Bookham

Date of tour: October 2015

We had a splendid holiday – the weather was glorious, and the organisation was first class. Our driver John was superb and made us all feel very safe. Your detailed planning and timings were absolutely invaluable. Our guide Claire was very knowledgeable and thorough. Our party were delighted with the Stoke by Nayland Hotel, enjoying the service, food and facilities. We enjoyed the variety of visits we made, and the highlight for me was seeing a Thames barge in full sail coming up the river! Thank you all so much!

JH, Tavistock

Date of tour: September 2015

I just wanted to say what a fantastic trip we had last week to Suffolk. Everyone really enjoyed it. The variety and pace were just right. The Blue Badge Guide and the Coach driver were superb putting themselves out to accommodate all sorts of requests. Once again many, many thanks from everyone for an excellent trip.

DR, Southport

Date of tour: September 2015

Just to let you know we had a lovely trip to Suffolk and were blessed with some sunshine which was an added bonus. The hotel and meals were excellent - lots of positive comments. The programme seemed to please people with the variety and timings. It was a shame the theatre in Bury St Edmund's wasn't available as we could have done with something else to fill that time but the cathedral was well worth the time given to it and those who could get up to the neighbouring St Mary's church thought it well worth visiting. Christchurch in Ipswich was a revelation and I think people would have liked more time there. We all loved the Constable tour and Flatford in the sunshine was a treat. The visit to Gainsborough's house was made even more special by the fact we could have a preview peep at the Maggie Hamblin picture being auctioned, currently on the cover of the NADFAS Review. The Blue Badge guide was good and knew her brief, full of information about Suffolk and she was excellent in directing the driver. She ensured we saw several little villages and churches en route to places that were an added bonus. Many thanks to you and Tailored Travel for all that you did in organising the trip.

JT, Leicester

Date of tour: June 2013

We had a very enjoyable visit to Suffolk which was a great success. The Hotel was excellent and the staff quickly dealt with the one person who was unhappy with her room. The hotel menus were good and the food delicious; a good choice of hotel. Given she was dealing with a NADFAS group, our Blue Badge guide was, perhaps, nervous about the level she should pitch her delivery. However, she settled down and fulfilled all that was required of her. Gainsborough House, Melford Hall, Framlingham Castle were all very good visits. Snape Maltings gave the chance for a bit of shopping and Audley End, despite atrocious weather, was a fitting finish to our tour. We look forward to organising next year's trip and we will be in touch with you further just as soon as a decision is taken. Thank you for all your help.

AC & JJ, Faversham

Date of tour: May 2013

We arrived back after what everybody agreed was a very successful and enjoyable trip to Suffolk. The hotel was very good. The food was excellent and all the singles I spoke to had been allocated king-sized beds for sole use. The Blue Badge guide was very good and he made the trips very interesting without overdoing the jokes and chit chat. The Snape Maltings conducted tour of the concert hall was interesting and given to us by the Musical Director which was greatly appreciated. All the sites were enjoyed. So, thank you Louise for all your work and giving me such good instructions.

JC, Lancaster

Date of tour: May 2013

The visit went very well and I have taken all of the glory for organising the visits so efficiently! Not true of course, you and your fellow members of staff have made a brilliant job in planning the visit. The driver Tony Fairbairn, was excellent: time-keeping immaculate, prepared to discuss route options, very helpful with baggage. The guide Claire's performance was also excellent. She was informative, worked well with the driver to keep to schedules and her delivery was amusing and appropriately theatrical at times. She shared the gratuities with the driver. The hotel was very good. Thank you and your fellow Staff for all the work that was put organising into the visit and we would certainly use your company again.

PT, Stafford

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