Devoted to Dedham

Art lovers are drawn to Dedham like bees to a honeypot but there is something for everyone to enjoy in this pretty village just on the edge of Essex and Suffolk.

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Set by the River Stour in the heart of John Constable country, a stroll through Dedham High Street is a walk back in time as you admire the Georgian fronted houses and old inns. The large arts and crafts centre is well worth a visit for some retail therapy and leave time to enjoy a leisurely lunch or afternoon tea.

Dedham Vale is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there are enjoyable circular walks for all which give a glimpse into why this area is so popular with artists.

Just outside the town you can visit the home of Sir Alfred Munnings, former President of the Royal Academy. Best known for his paintings of horses, Munnings proved to be equally talented at depicting people and places as can be seen in the museum which regularly hosts special exhibitions featuring the different sides of his portfolio.

Of course, art lover or not, you can’t pass by without visiting Flatford Mill, where you can stand and admire the view made famous in Constable’s The Haywain. When you get back to Wivenhoe House stroll down to the lake, it’s a great vantage point to see the image portrayed in Wivenhoe Park,  Constable’s renowned 1816 landscape, now hanging in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.


find us, however you travel
By car:

Whether approaching Wivenhoe House from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road, then right again into Park Road. The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex but Park Road leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see the glorious house from the road.

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By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.