Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Colchester and Constable Country (A Coach Trip in Essex)

"Colchester and Constable Country" is one of the outstanding Coach Trips devised and led by Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby, of Colin Crosby Heritage Tours.

These trips are an excellent way of soaking up some Local History.

This is a tour around the Essex and Suffolk border country which was the home of the famous painter John Constable, and which features in a number of his paintings. It also gives the chance to see Colchester, the oldest town in Britain.

The coach leaves St. Margarets Bus Station in Leicester at 8am, and is expected back at around 9pm.

Colin gives his customary commentary along the way, pointing out places of interest and telling their stories in a way that makes his excursions quite unique.

There are four stops, of varying length.

Colchester is the longest stop. This ancient town was the capital of Britain even before the Romans arrived. Impressive sections of the Roman Walls survive, as does the famous Balkerne Gate, and from later centuries Colchester Castle and St. Botolphs Priory are outstanding.

There is a short stop at East Bergholt, where Constable was born, and where the church bells are housed in a cage in the churchyard.

Another short stop is at Flatford on the River Stour, where Constable`s father was the miller.

The last stop, of about an hour, is at Dedham, where Constable went to school and whose grand church features in some of his paintings.

Dates, costs and where to meet

A place on 'Colchester and Constable Country' costs £25.00 per person, or £25.00 if paying in advance. The coach trip begins at St. Margarets Bus Station, and is running on:

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If you would like to book a place on one of these dates, please telephone Colin on (0116) 2611576 or email him at

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