Picturesque scenery, fine pub dining and country walks are just a few of the things you can enjoy on a break to Dedham, Essex.
The small town is just a 90 minute drive from London, but provides all you need for a quintessentially English getaway.
Dedham is most famous for being part of the Constable country, named after famed British landscape painter John Constable. He painted much of the scenery you can enjoy in the town over 180 years ago and a lot of it has been left untouched since then.
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It’s unsurprising, then, that one of the best things you can do in Dedham is enjoy the charming countryside.
Walk along the water meadows of the River Stour to the pretty hamlet of Flatford, or if you feel like enjoying the scenery in a different way, rent out a small boat and row your way down. The Dedham Boathouse has plenty of rental options.
If you’re into culture, The Munnings Art Museum is one you definitely shouldn’t miss. Here you will find one of the biggest collections of the works of Sir Alfred Munnings, who is known for his depictions of horses.
Alternatively, you can just soak up the quaint atmosphere of the town of Dedham itself, with it’s Georgian fronted houses, 15th century church and a whole host of lovely boutiques. The Dedham Art & Craft Centre is a particular best, full of works from local artists.
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Where to stay
The Sun Inn is a particular favourite with visitors. Situated right on the High Street, it’s bright yellow walls mean it’s hard to miss.
One guest described the coaching inn as a “gem” and said the service was “wonderful, welcoming and caring.”
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Where to eat
Dedham is full of traditional pubs, with plenty of fine English dining on offer. For a hearty Sunday lunch head to the Dedham Boathouse and enjoy their Black Angus beef.
Alternatively, if you have a sweet tooth craving, the Tiptree Tea Room offers a classic afternoon tea.
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How to get there
Dedham is just 70 miles from London and is situated in the borough of Colchester.
To get there by car, take the A12 from Junction 28 of the M25 and it will take you around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
The train from Liverpool Street is also a quick travel option. The Greater Anglia service to Ipswich takes only 1 hour 10 minutes to the stop at Manningtree. From there it’s a 15 minute bus ride to Dedham.
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