The village is known throughout the country as a prime attraction of the area, the historic and largely Georgian influenced centre of the village during the summer month buzzes with visitors making the best use of the extensive shops, cafes and pubs.
Dedham Mill, The Boathouse restaurant and banks of the River Stour are another great village attraction drawing in people from far and wide to spend a day either on the water in a hired rowing boat or picnicking at the waters edge enjoying the surroundings of the landscape largely as painted by John Constable.
Access to Colchester main line station is some 15 minutes by car or Manningtree approximately 10 minutes. Being situated in the heart of the Dedham Vale there are many delightful walks from the village into the surrounding countryside, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The village has a number of pubs and restaurants with The Sun and The Boathouse being particular highlights, the tea rooms and village meeting rooms all add to the warm village feel.
Dedham church is also very much worth a visit with a church existing on the site since 1322 and the current building having been started in 1492.