Opening times for 1 December 2023
Asset Opening time Cottage Closed Car Park Dawn - Dusk Shop 10:30 - 15:00 Tea-room 10:00 - 15:00 Constable Exhibition Closed Rowing Boat Hire Closed
The opening times of the Boat Hire are subject to the weather and river flow. If the weather is unsuitable or the river flow too fast, the boat hire may close early, open late or not open at all. We are sorry for any disappointment caused.MTWTFSS2728293012345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031
Ticket type Gift aid Standard Cars £5.00
Ticket type Gift aid Standard Motorbikes £1.00
Mini Buses (10-19 seats)
Ticket type Gift aid Standard Per vehicle £9.00
Booked Coaches (from 20 seats)
Ticket type Gift aid Standard Booked Coaches £12.00
Unbooked Coaches (from 20 seats)
Ticket type Gift aid Standard Unbooked coaches £15.00
Rowing Boat Hire
Ticket type Gift aid Standard Per Hour, availability shown in opening hours £20.00
Dogs are welcome at Flatford, and all of our walking trails are suitable for dogs. Please keep your dog on a lead at all times as there are grazing livestock and ground nesting birds in the area
Blue Badge parking and drop-off point. Accessible toilet. Level access to tea-room. Accessible countryside path.
5 accessible spaces available.
Powered mobility vehicle available
One powered mobility vehicle available to borrow from visitor reception
One manual wheelchair available to borrow from visitor reception
South of East Bergholt well signposted from the B1070.
Parking: 200 yards from Bridge Cottage in the National Trust car park. Capacity is limited at the moment and the car park may fill quickly on busy days. Prices: National Trust members free; £5 per car; £1 per motorbike; £15 per coach (£12 if pre-booked). Pay by phone available. Motorhomes are welcome in the main car park, but overnight stays are not allowed. Limited space for cars with caravans or trailers.
Sat Nav: Postcode CO7 6UL
Flatford is accessible from East Bergholt, Dedham and Manningtree Station. The St Edmund Way and Stour Valley Path both pass through Flatford, linking the hamlet to many other local communities. Manningtree Railway Station is 1.75 miles, Dedham is 1.5 miles and East Bergholt is 1 mile. OS Explorer Map 196, "Sudbury, Hadleigh and the Dedham Vale" is the best route finding map.
The nearest railway station is Manningtree which is 1¾ miles from Flatford by footpath or 3½ miles by road. Cycle hire available from Manningtree Railway Station.
Frequent services from Colchester and Ipswich bus stations to East Bergholt via Manningtree Railway Station.
See what events are coming up at Flatford, including Nature Days and seasonal trails.
Find out how to book at group visit to Flatford to discover the scenes that made John Constable famous on a guided tour, followed by a relaxing bite in the riverside tea-room.
Dogs are welcome at Flatford. Please read this guidance to find out where you can take your dog and what safety advice you'll need to follow.
Flatford site map
Traditional Suffolk countryside as painted by John Constable, with riverside meadows, woodland, fields and miles of paths.
East Anglian river meandering through Flatford Hamlet, with riverside seating, launching for water craft and walking paths.
Riverside tea-room serving drinks, cakes, ice cream, lunches and cream teas, with indoor and waterside seating areas.
Shop filled with gifts, homewares, books, local produce and gardening accessories and gifts inspired by Flatford.
Historic buildings that can be viewed from the outside, including Valley Farm, Willy Lott’s House, Flatford Mill and The Granary.
17th-century thatched cottage, telling the story of those who lived and worked at Flatford.
Bookshop stocked full of pre-loved books.
Exhibition exploring the life and work of John Constable, explaining how he found inspiration in the Suffolk countryside.
Step into a traditional country Christmas at Valley Farm. The main hall of this ancient building will be decorated with greenery and there will be a cosy log fire to warm your hands. Mince pies and mulled wine will be on sale and our knowledgeable volunteers will be able to share stories of Christmas past. In addition, the Bourne Valley Crafters are staging a craft fair in the granary featuring beautiful crafts and gifts by local artists and crafts people.
The Bourne Valley Crafters return to Flatford for their annual Christmas Craft Fair. As always, they have invited a talented group of local crafters and designers to bring their wares. You will be able to browse from a beautiful range of crafts, including ceramics, jewellery, art, fabric work and wood work. All items will be sale, so you are sure to find that perfect Christmas present. The Flatford Tea Room will be open serving festive food and drink.
We'll be celebrating the festive season at Flatford this year with decorations, winter treats and Christmas crafts. Enjoy a winter walk in the Suffolk countryside with your loved ones, or join one of our Christmas events. There's also a seasonal menu in our cosy tea-room and a chance to pick up the perfect stocking filler from the shop.
There is plenty for all to enjoy on a visit to Flatford. Take a self-guided trail or join a tour and discover the locations of major paintings by John Constable.
Discover what family-friendly activities are on offer at Flatford in Suffolk, from walking by the River Stour, nature trails and geocaching.
Flatford lies in the heart of the beautiful Dedham Vale. This charming hamlet was the inspiration for some of John Constable's most famous pictures, for example, the Hay Wain or Boatbuilding near Flatford Mill among many others. Wandering beside the River Stour or looking at Flatford Mill and Willy Lott's House you can feel as if you are actually walking through one of his paintings. Our informative exhibition will give you an insight into Constable's life at Flatford. While you are here, enjoy exploring the countryside on one of our circular walks or hire a boat and row along the river.
Flatford is home to a number of unique buildings which all have individual histories. Read on to discover more about the history of this special place.
Discover the life of John Constable and his family. Stories of a happy childhood, heartbreak and success in the art world help to paint a picture of what his life was like.
Learn about the work we do all year round at Flatford and the Dedham Vale, from ensuring traditional farming methods continue, to growing fresh produce in the kitchen garden.
Do you have some spare time and want to help us look after this special place that Constable loved to paint? Find out how you can apply to join the volunteering team at Flatford.