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Group visits to Flatford

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Visitors on a guided tour | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Set beside the meandering River Stour, Flatford lies in the heart of the Dedham Vale and makes the ideal place for a group visit. On a guided tour, discover the scenes that made John Constable famous, then relax in the riverside tea-room with a choice of snacks or freshly prepared light bites. Find out more about bringing a group to Flatford and how to book your visit.

Planning your group visit

We welcome around 60 large group visits to Flatford each year, as well as many smaller groups and regular coach tours.

When planning your visit, we recommend that you arrange a private guided tour, led by one of our experienced volunteer tour guides. A tour will give your group an in-depth exploration of the famous views that inspired the artist John Constable, such as the Hay Wain and Flatford Mill. Alternatively, you can choose to visit without a guided tour.

We can tailor tours to your group’s specific needs and we can also pre-arrange snacks and light lunch menus – get in touch and we’ll be happy to discuss your requirements.

How much time to spend at Flatford

Guided tours usually last around one hour and we recommend that you allow at least two hours for your whole visit. However, you are, of course, welcome to stay longer.

Free familiarisation visits for group leaders

If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 800 2329 or email us at

Who is eligible for free entry?

Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.

Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.

Get in touch about bringing a group to Flatford

For more information and to book, call us on 01206 297201 or email

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