Flatford & Bridge Cottage Constable Country
National Trust
Flatford
Suffolk CO7 6UL  
 
 

Bridge Cottage at Flatford is a delightful 16th century, thatched property on the banks of the River Stour, owned by the National Trust.
 
The Trust also owns properties and land in beautiful Dedham Vale providing public access to many places painted by the famous 18th century English artist, John Constable.
 
The Hay Wain, 1881
A few hundred yards away is Flatford Mill and Willy Lott’s cottage immortalised in Constable’s oil painting ‘The Hay Wain’, which hangs in The National Gallery, London.
 
Constable Information Centre
Bridge Cottage houses a Constable Information Centre and Exhibition, a riverside Tea-room serving delicious homemade food, a Gift Shop and toilets. During summer rowing boats may be hired from above the footbridge to explore the river.
 
Next to the cottage can be seen the remains of a simple dry dock used to maintain the horse-drawn barges that used to ply the River Stour.
 
By crossing the footbridge the visitor can access Waymarked walks through the Vale and beside the River Stour with views of Flatford Lock, Flatford Mill and Willy Lott’s House. Guided walks can be booked through the Information Centre.
 
During the season an electric boat cruises the River Stour, starting from opposite Bridge Cottage.
 
Flatford Mill and Willy Lott’s House
John Constable’s father was a wealthy corn merchant who owned several water-powered mills in Dedham Vale. Flatford Mill and associated buildings was one of his properties and his young son spent many happy hours ‘messing about’ there. It was his favourite spot to sit and draw and some of his most famous pastoral landscapes feature the mill and Willy Lott’s cottage.
 
Flatford Mill, Valley Farm and Willy Lott’s House are leased to the Field Studies Council which runs arts-based courses so are not open to the general public. However, beautiful external views can be obtained by turning left at Bridge Cottage and walking down the lane which runs behind the buildings.
 
Plan Your Day
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Admission  
Free
 
Open
For opening days and times, go to the National Trust website link below
 
Disabled Access
- Building     
Level access; disabled toilets in Information Centre. Low beams and uneven floors. Wheelchair available.
- Grounds    
Mostly level and well surfaced. Waymarked walks have kissing gates.
 
For further information visit the National Trust website link below
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0) 1206 298 260
 
Getting There  
-  By Car   
Flatford is ½ a mile (800 odd metres) south of East Bergholt off the B1070 and is well signposted. Walking access from East Bergholt, Dedham and Manningtree
 
-  Parking  
200 yards (183 metres) from Bridge Cottage in the National Trust car park. Parking charge per car or free to National Trust members
 
- Sat Nav
Postcode CO7 6UL
 
- Public Transport
The National Trust website (link above) has excellent ‘How to Get Here’ directions. 
 
Google Maps - Flatford & Bridge Cottage