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Southend-On-Sea, Cambridge & Constable Country

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS9049

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

UK 2021

PRICE FROM ? £279 per person
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Description

From our base in the bustling resort of Southend-on-Sea with its seven miles of seafront and traditional seaside attractions, we step back in time to explore Constable Country, the beautiful rural scenery that was the inspiration for much of this landscape painter’s most famous work. From picturesque villages and rolling farmland to rivers, meadows and ancient woodland, we combine this country idyll with the charms of the university city of Cambridge. 

Itinerary

Included Excursions
Constable Country: Dedham, Flatford & East Bergholt (full day)
We travel to the picturesque Stour Valley and Dedham Vale, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty made famous by the paintings of John Constable. We stop first in the charming village of Dedham, where Constable went to school. Set on the River Stour with scenic water meadows, the village is the epitome of rural England with an attractive main street lined with Georgian-fronted houses, old inns and an arts and crafts centre.

We continue on to the picturesque hamlet of Flatford. Here we visit the National Trust owned Bridge Cottage, which houses an exhibition about Constable, before enjoying a guided walk of some of the locations which inspired many of Constable’s iconic paintings, including TheHay Wain. Finally, we visit East Bergholt, located on the north bank of the River Stour, where Constable was born in 1776.


Cambridge (full day)
We head to Cambridgewhere we have free time to explore at leisure. This fascinating university city is full of beautiful architecture, leafy green meadows and majestic college buildings, the most famous being King’s College Chapel on the banks of the River Cam.

Optional Excursion
Walton-on-the-Naze & Clacton-on-Sea – £12pp (full day)
Join our optional excursion as we head up the coast, stopping first in the traditional resort of Walton-on-the-Naze, home to miles of sandy beaches, colourful beach huts along the seafront and the second longest pier in the country, with one of the world’s oldest operating amusement parks. Next stop is Clacton-on-Sea, another bustling resort which boasts an array of attractions including a pleasure pier, arcades, seafront walks and award-winning gardens.

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Hotels with a JG3 rating tend to be a more formal style of hotel, often part of a hotel chain, with a greater range of facilities and services. Bedrooms are a little more spacious and have additional features. Public areas are larger and include lounge seating, a bar and restaurant with good quality food served either buffet style or with waiter service.

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  • Return coach travel
  • 4 nights at the Park Inn by Radisson Palace, Southend-on-Sea with dinner & breakfast 
  • Excursions to Dedham, Flatford, East Bergholt & Cambridge
  • Entrance to the Constable exhibition in Bridge Cottage
  • Guided walking tour of Flatford

    Optional excursion to Walton-on-the-Naze & Clacton-on-Sea (£12pp)

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  • 4 nights at the Park Inn by Radisson Palace, Southend-on-Sea with dinner & breakfast 
  • Excursions to Dedham, Flatford, East Bergholt & Cambridge
  • Entrance to the Constable exhibition in Bridge Cottage
  • Guided walking tour of Flatford

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Accommodation

The Park Inn by Radisson Palace

The Park Inn by Radisson Palace is ideally situated on the Esplanade in Southend-on-Sea, overlooking the seafront and many of the resort’s attractions. The hotel offers modern, en-suite rooms with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, a bar and restaurant, plus a casino and fitness centre.

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