Suffolk's Beauty Spots At Easter
Suffolk is dotted with picturesque villages seemingly lost in time. The county made its money on the back of the medieval wool trade, and magnificent churches and lavish Tudor homes attest to its wealthy past. To the west are the picture-postcard villages of Lavenham and Long Melford and further, Bury St Edmunds ushers in historic buildings and a market-town vibe.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - A morning departure, stopping for sightseeing and refreshments in Colchester. Colchester is Britain's oldest recorded town, with a colourful history dating back over two thousand years. This afternoon travel the short distance to the market town of Sudbury, your holiday base in Suffolk.
Day 2-3 - At leisure in Sudbury with two included excursions.
Long Melford. Bury St Edmunds & Lavenham
Calling firstly at Long Melford with its mile long high street populated by charming independent shops, vibrant art galleries, antique centres, cafes, restaurants, and, of course, typical Suffolk Inns. Then continue to the market town of Bury St. Edmunds where time will be allowed for lunch and exploration before visiting the village of Lavenham, one of the best -preserved medieval villages in the UK, boasting some 320 listed timber framed buildings.
Suffolk's County town & Gainsborough's House, Sudbury
Ipswich is a town steeped in history, it's the oldest Anglo-Saxon town in England and has a rich heritage and proud history. Suffolk's county town was granted a royal charter in 1200 and has been closely linked with the discovery of the New World and with historical figures such as Cardinal Wolsey and Charles Dickens. Its buildings match its illustrious past. The glorious Tudor Christchurch Mansion is set in a beautiful park close to the town centre and is now a free museum housing period rooms and a stunning art gallery, home to the most significant collection of Constables outside London. Not far away from this you'll find Ipswich Museum that is home to Wool-I-Am the mammoth and Rosie the rhino as well as thousands of years of history brought back to Ipswich by generations of explorers and collectors.
Thomas Gainsborough's atmospheric birthplace is now home to the world's largest collection of his work. The 16th-century house and gardens feature a Georgian facade built by the artist's father. Inside, look out for Pitminster Boy in the entrance hall; the exquisite Portrait of Harriett; Viscountess Tracy, celebrated for its delicate portrayal of drapery; and the landscapes that were his passion. The garden contains a huge mulberry tree and plants that were available during the artist's lifetime. Admission included.
Please note: If a group visit is not possible your driver will offer a replacement.
Day 4 - After a leisurely breakfast depart for the ancient Essex town of Maldon with its oldest part sitting high on a hill overlooking the Blackwater estuary. A rich and varied history just waiting to be explored - the town of Maldon itself is especially famous for the Hythe Quay, home to many of the remaining Thames Barges. Continuing onto interchange and onwards to your home towns.
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The Mill Hotel, Sudbury
The 3* Mill Hotel in the centre of Sudbury is set on the banks of the River Stour, nestled away in true Suffolk countryside. It is a restored watermill steeped in history with all public areas refurbished to the highest standards. It has a bar, restaurant and sun terrace, each with picturesque views. Accommodation consists of 62 well-appointed bedrooms, many overlooking the meadows, all with wide-screen television and tea / coffee making.