Visiting Flatford: What you need to know

Willy Lott's House at Flatford and the River Stour, Suffolk

Our countryside space, car park, toilets, tea room and shop are open. Take a few moments to plan your visit here.

Visitors on the bridge over the River Stour at Flatford

Summer at Flatford

Enjoy the long summer days in the picturesque Suffolk countryside at Flatford. Picnic, walk and play alongside the idyllic River Stour. Our riverside tea room is open daily through the summer for al-fresco light lunches, or top up your picnic with scooped ice cream, sweet treats and barista coffees. Discover the wider Dedham Vale on leisurely summer strolls, to the village of Dedham alongside the river, or to spot wildlife and valley views on our walking trails.

Flatford boats for hire

Rowing boats are back at Flatford

The Flatford rowing boats are once again back on the river and available to hire. The boats have a long history at Flatford and a journey on the river allows you to float through a timeless landscape of water meadows and woods, enjoying the views that inspired John Constable. The boats cost £15 per hour and available every day until late September, from 10.30am until 3.30pm. There is no need to book, although you may have to wait on busy days as the boats are always very popular.

Plan your visit

The Granary at Flatford

Visiting Flatford

The car park at Flatford is open daily, dawn - dusk. On sunny weekend days, bank holidays and school holidays, our peak visit times are between 11am - 2pm. If the car park is full, please come back at another time.

Facilities

Facilities

Our toilets, including accessible and baby changing facilities are open. The fields beside the river at Flatford are not owned by the National Trust and access is limited to the public footpath. Please take your litter home with you. BBQs and camping stoves are not permitted, as these can create a fire hazard and harm farm animals and wildlife.

Constable Walking Trail at Flatford

Staying Safe

The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our top priority. Wearing a face covering is a personal choice, but is recommended in crowded or enclosed spaces. We'll continue to provide hand sanitiser and stick to our high standards of cleanliness. If you're showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 10 days, please don't visit.

Flatford Lock

Walking at Flatford

Our walking routes are open, you can find directions on our maps around the site. Please note that Fen Bridge, which crosses the river Stour between Flatford and Dedham, is currently closed because of structural problems. However, the walk to Dedham beside the river is still open. Fen Bridge is owned and managed by Suffolk County Council, so please contact them for further information about this closure. Please can we politely request that people do not cycle on the footpaths at Flatford.

A couple walk their dog over the bridge at Flatford, at sunset

Dogs

You are most welcome to bring your dog for a walk at Flatford. Please keep your dog on a lead at all times as there are grazing livestock and ground nesting birds in the area.

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Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops, countryside locations and many houses are open. You no longer need to pre-book at many places. Some still require booking ahead, so please check the property webpage before you travel.​