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Tranquil Villages & Gardens of Suffolk, Ipswich

River Stour

Mon 12 to Fri 16 Sept 2022: A 5 Day Luxury Coach Holiday to the Tranquil Villages and Gardens of Suffolk with Johnsons Coaches

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Monday 12th to Friday 16th September 2022


It is easy to see why some of England’s most famous painters were inspired by Suffolk’s picturesque villages and unspoilt coastline. On this new tour for 2022 there are quaint traditional fishing villages and wonderful landscapes and gardens just waiting to be discovered.


Look What's Included:

  • Door to Door Service

  • Our own courier service

  • Luxury Traveller Coach with ‘First Class’ seating

  • 4 nights Half Board

  • Entrance to Helmingham Hall Gardens

  • Guided tour of the Suffolk Punch Trust

  • Deben River Cruise

  • Entrance to Beth Chatto Gardens


Not included: All lunches


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A journey to the beautiful Bury St Edmunds, a historic market town that developed around the medieval Abbey of St Edmund. From here, it is a short drive to our hotel located in the enviable waterfront area of Ipswich.


Today we visit Helmingham Hall Gardens with its beautiful park, home to a herd of red deer. Discover the spectacular moated hall as well as their famous gardens. A classic parterre flanked by hybrid musk roses lies before a stunning walled kitchen garden with exquisite herbaceous borders and beds of vegetables, interspersed by tunnels of sweat peas, runner beans and gourds. There is also a herb and knot garden along with a rose garden of unsurpassable beauty. Later we continue to the coastal town of Aldeburgh, with its fishing boats pulled up onto the beach and a charming High Street.


This morning we visit the Suffolk Punch Trust, where you will be able to learn about this English breed of working horse. You will get an informative guided tour as well as a horse-bus ride and also see rare breed farm animals as well as the museum of rural life and heritage garden. From here we enjoy a relaxing cruise along the beautiful and scenic River Deben.


A scenic drive will take you through the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley. An area of outstanding beauty en route to East Bergholt, where John Constable was born. Enjoy some free time before travelling to Beth Chatto Gardens. The gardens began in 1960 from an overgrown wasteland with poor gravel, soil and boggy hollows. It has been transformed into an informal garden harmonising with the surrounding countryside.


After breakfast, we return via Lavenham, considered to be Britain’s best preserved medieval village, before returning home during the afternoon.

Your Hotel


4* Salthouse Harbour Hotel

This contemporary, boutique hotel is set on the beautiful Ipswich waterfront. Each of the modern bedrooms has been individually designed with a personal touch, with plenty of warm and welcoming tones and contemporary furnishings. Some rooms offer fantastic views over the marina. Restaurant & bar.


Mobility Grade: 4. Locality & hotel are generally level throughout. Lift to all floors.


Duration, Departure Dates & Price

Mon 12 - Fri 16 September 2022

4 Nights



Departs 9.30am

Returns 6.00pm



Single Room: £119

Holiday Insurance: £31


Deposit: £75 per person for all coach holidays in Britain, payable at time of booking. 


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