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Gold Suffolk Gardens & Castles

Gold Suffolk Gardens & Castles

Rural villages, lush green meadows, rich farmlands and sandy heathlands depicted by the famous painters Constable and Gainsborough together with some ancient buildings and the RSPB reserve at Saxmundham all combine to give this NEW holiday particular charm and varied interest for you to enjoy.

Holiday Highlights

• RSPB Minsmere - Saxmundham

• Framlingham Castle

• Historic Lavenham

• Helmingham Hall Gardens – Stowmarket

• Christchurch Park Ipswich


We depart and make our way to
Copdock, arriving late afternoon at our hotel for
the next 4 nights with dinner, bed and breakfast.


We begin with a short drive into Ipswich
where we visit Christchurch Park and Mansion,
which houses artworks by Constable and
Gainsborough and the afternoon is then free for
you to explore and discover Ipswich


Today we head north to
Saxmundham where we enjoy a visit to the
excellent RSPB Nature reserve at Minsmere to
discover some of the UK’s rarest wildlife. Choose
an idyllic walk or head to the coastal lagoons to
see an impressive variety of birds and if you are
lucky you may see an otter around the reedbeds.
The café offers you the opportunity to obtain
refreshments and later we have a short drive to
Framlingham Castle where we explore over 800
years in the life of the castle, with tales of
baronial disputes against the throne and the ives of those who lived around here from the
ambitious Howard family to Bloody Mary Tudor
and the paupers in the 17th century workhouse.


For our final day out we head first for
the historic town of Lavenham with pretty
coloured houses and its unique Guildhall and we
also have time to explore or enjoy a coffee before
we travel on to Stowmarket. This small market
town is ideal for our lunch stop and this afternoon
we have a visit to delightful Helmingham Hall
Gardens famous for its Grade I listed gardens,
with a 400 acre deer park surrounding the
moated Tudor Hall. The walled kitchen garden,
the rose & knot and herb and wild gardens are
fascinating and the Coach House tea-rooms and
Stable Shops are ideal places to end the visit.


After breakfast we depart and head for

Your Hotel

The Best Western Ipswich Hotel

The Best Western Ipswich Hotel nestles

in the quaint village of Copdock just outside

historic Ipswich. An ideal place to unwind after

your day out is the comfortable bar overlooking

the walled garden. • All bedrooms are en suite

with TV, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities.

The hotel does not have a lift but some of the rooms available maybe on the ground floor.


Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Bath Bath
Avon Street / Riverside Coach Car Park
Bridgwater Bridgwater Mount Street Bus Stop
Rear of Angel Place Shopping centre
Chippenham Chippenham The Bridge
In Front of Johnsons Dry Cleaners
Cirencester Cirencester Little Chef/Burger King
Hare Bushes Services, A429 Burford Road, GL7 5DS
Clevedon Clevedon
Tui Travel Agency
Exeter Services Exeter Services - M5 - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Frome Frome
Market Place
Gloucester Gloucester outside the British Heart Foundation
Shop, Northgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1SL
Gloucester Sainsburys Gloucester Sainsburys Layby, Barnett Way, Barnwood
GL4 3RT South East bound Bus Stop
Gordano Gordano M5 Services CAR PARK
Highbridge Highbridge, Church Street Bus Stop
Near to Church
Ivybridge Ivybridge Leisure Centre Car Park - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Junction 27 M5 J27 M5 - Burger King/ Travelodge
Pick ups maybe fed to Gordano Services
M5 Junction 13 M5 Junction 13, Starbucks Formerly Little Chef
Melksham Melksham
Town Hall.
Michael Wood Services Michael Wood Services - Outward - Northbound side
Return - Southbound side
Midsomer Norton Midsomer Norton
Town Hall
Minehead Minehead Railway Station
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot Railway Station Lay By
Pickups may be fed to Gordano Services M5-J19
Plymouth Plymouth Railway Station SE Bound Bus Stop
Pennycomequick Hill/ Saltash Road
Shepton Mallet Shepton Mallet Station Road Car Park
Bus Stop near Monument
Somerton Somerton The Cross - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Street Street
Bayliss Centre
Stroud Stroud
Merrywalks Bus Station
Taunton Herons Taunton - Hankeridge Farm Bus Stop,
Herons Gate by Halfords Superstore.
Thornbury Thornbury
Aldi Lay-by
Torquay Torquay Coach Station
Trowbridge Trowbridge
Town Hall
Wells Wells
Princes Road Car Park
Westbury Westbury
Haynes Road bus stop
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare
Locking Road Car Park
Yeovil Yeovil Bus Station - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
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