Woodbridge and the Deben

Woodbridge guide

Woodbridge is a beautiful and vibrant market town on the banks of the River Deben. The ‘gem’ in Suffolk’s crown, Woodbridge combines excellent shops with superb pubs and restaurants and numerous activities both indoors and out. On the edge of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Woodbridge is the perfect base from which to explore the Suffolk Coast and its many tourist attractions.

Things to do in Woodbridge

1. The River Walk and Tide Mill

This was voted the most loved element of Woodbridge by its residents. Many love to enjoy a coffee on the Quayside, stroll along the riverside paths admiring the iconic working Tide Mill and soaking up the whimsical vistas across the river – maybe even spotting the local seal!

Use these great Explorer Walking Guides as inspiration!

2. Independent Shops & Fabulous Foodie Venues

Covering every type of item from DIY and craft supplies to wool shops, outdoor clothing, boutiques, deli’s cook shops, tailors, and even a violin shop (almost as iconic as Tide Mill). You are spoilt for choice when it comes to great food in Woodbridge. Book a table at The Crown at Woodbridge where head chef Ben Hegarty brings his unique style to the exciting menu which comprises local produce.

3. Local Markets

Frequent markets are held on the Market Hill in the shadow of the beautiful Shire Hall. Seasonal food markets, (look out for locally grown asparagus) vintage markets, craft markets and many more supplement the local shopping scene throughout the year and give the local producers an opportunity to meet customers and show off their wares.

4. National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. Walk around the ancient burial mounds and discover the incredible story of the ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and his treasured possessions. Come face to face with your ancestors and explore the award-winning exhibition, the full-size reconstruction of the burial chamber, stunning replica treasures and original finds from one of the mounds, including a prince’s sword.

Useful Information

Public Conveniences and Baby Changing Facilities

  • Opposite Hamblin Road Car Park (IP12 1BG)- Disabled toilet and baby change facilities
  • Jetty Lane, opposite the boat yard (IP12 4BB)- Disabled toilet and baby change facilities
  • Station Road Car Park, behind community centre (IP12 4AU) – Disabled toilet and baby change facilities

For more information on events and businesses in Woodbridge, visit www.choosewoodbridge.co.uk.

Below is a drawing of the 550 ton Maidstone, which carried 40 guns. She was built at Woodbridge in 1654 and was later renamed the Mary Rose after the restoration of the monarchy. She was the last wooden ship to bear this illustrious name.

For further details, why not have a look at the Maritime History page on the site?

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