Flatford: Bridge Cottage



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An 18th-century watermill once owned by the artist John Constable’s father, Flatford Mill lies next to the River Stour and is at the heart of the Dedham Vale. Nearby are Willy Lott’s Cottage and Bridge Cottage, which you can visit – made famous in the painter’s works. Displays tell the story of Constable's life.

Flatford: Bridge Cottage
Flatford, EAST BERGHOLT, Colchester, CO7 6UL


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Wheelchair/electric runaround available
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, 5 Jan-3 Mar, Sat-Sun 10.30-3.30; 6-31 Mar, Wed-Sun 10.30-5; 1-28 Apr & 30 Sep-3 Nov, daily 10.30-5; 29 Apr-29 Sep, daily 10.30-5.30; 6 Nov-22 Dec, Wed-Sun 10.30-3.30

About the area

Discover Suffolk

Suffolk is Constable country, where the county’s crumbling, time-ravaged coastline spreads itself under wide skies to convey a wonderful sense of remoteness and solitude. Highly evocative and atmospheric, this is where rivers wind lazily to the sea and notorious 18th-century smugglers hid from the excise men. John Constable immortalised these expansive flatlands in his paintings in the 18th century, and his artwork raises the region’s profile to this day.

Walking is one of Suffolk’s most popular recreational activities. It may be flat but the county has much to discover on foot – not least the isolated Heritage Coast, which can be accessed via the Suffolk Coast Path. Southwold, with its distinctive, white-walled lighthouse standing sentinel above the town and its colourful beach huts and attractive pier features on many a promotional brochure. Much of Suffolk’s coastal heathland is protected as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and shelters several rare creatures including the adder, the heath butterfly and the nightjar. In addition to walking, there is a good choice of cycling routes but for something less demanding, visit some of Suffolk’s charming old towns, with streets of handsome, period buildings and picturesque, timber-framed houses.

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