A new visitor’s guide to Constable Country has been produced by the Dedham Vale (AONB) and Stour Valley Project about this stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Suffolk/Essex border.

Inspiration to John Constable and many other artists, writers and poets, the area which was known as ‘Constable’s Country’ during the artist’s lifetime,  lies in the heart of the AONB and includes East Bergholt, where Constable was born; Flatford, where he lived and painted some of his most famous works and nearby Dedham, where the artist went to school.

The souvenir guide, with ‘A Barge on the Stour at Dedham’ by Sir Alfred Munnings on the cover,  is packed full of lovely images and information about the area including visitor attractions, a map showing where Constable painted the likes of The Hay Wain, Dedham Mill, The Cornfield and other works.

Other artists including Munnings, Thomas Gainsborough, John Nash and Ronald Blythe are mentioned and there are also tips on getting to the area on public transport (it’s suprisingly easy!) and a list of the best options for those wanting to enjoy the great outdoors.

Copies of the guide are available free of charge from our tourist information centres or you can download a pdf from the Dedham Vale (AONB) and Stour Valley Project website.

Our top tip for your stay in the Heart of SuffolkThe off – peak season is a great time to visit Constable Country. The crowds have dispersed and you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of the area and see it at its absolute best.

Why not stay for a few days?  Have a look at our accommodation listings for nearby hotels, B&Bs and cosy self-catering cottages.