Why visit Woodbridge?
A much overlooked gem of a town probably as Woodbridge is not quite on the Suffolk Coast. An historic riverside market town boasting some of the very best restaurants, pubs and shopping in the coastal area. The working tide mill is a major attraction.
Woodbridge, a great town for a self catering holiday; stay in a holiday cottage in the centre of Woodbridge or a charming traditional Suffolk village on the Deben valley and explore this wonderful area.Woodbridge Holiday Cottages
Bed & Breakfast
A selection of Bed and Breakfast accommodation in and around Woodbridge; including Reviews, Maps and Contact details.Woodbridge Bed and Breakfast
A guide to Hotel accommodation in and around Woodbridge; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Woodbridge Hotels
A Guide to Pubs, Local Ales and Pub Food in and around Woodbridge; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Woodbridge Pubs
Cafés and Tearooms
Cafés and Tearooms in Woodbridge, with reviews, maps and contact details.Woodbridge Cafés and Tearooms
A guide to eating out in the best Restaurants in and around Woodbridge; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Woodbridge Restaurants
A guide to local foods and gastronomy in and around Woodbridge; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Woodbridge Local Foods
What to do in Woodbridge
Things to do in Woodbridge and surrounding area, including Walking, Cycling, sites and buildings of Historical interest, Local Crafts, Cinema and Theatre, sport and leisure including: reviews, maps and contact details.
Cinema and Theatre in and around Woodbridge; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Woodbridge Cinema and Theatre
Cycling in and around Woodbridge; including Maps, Reviews, places to stop en route and Contact details.Woodbridge Cycling
Historical buildings and places in and around Woodbridge; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Woodbridge Historical Interest
For the Kids
Places and things to entertain and amuse your children in and around Woodbridge; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Woodbridge Kids Activities
Local Crafts and places in and around Woodbridge; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Woodbridge Local Crafts
Sport and Leisure
Whether you’re looking for an active day out, sailing on the River Orwell or teeing off on one of our award-winning golf courses, or simply to relax at a luxurious health suite or salon, see what sport and leisure activities Suffolk has to offer.Woodbridge Sport and Leisure
Walking and Walks in and around Woodbridge; including Maps, Reviews, and things to see En route.Woodbridge Walks and Walking
Shops and ShoppingWoodbridge Shops and Shopping
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First mentioned in AD970, the name Woodbridge is believed to derive from the Anglo Saxon words meaning ‘Woden’s’ or ‘Odin’s’ town. From its earliest time shipbuilding flourished in Woodbridge and both Edward III in the 14th century and Drake in the 16th century sailed in ships built in here. Much of the architecture reflects the town’s greatest benefactor Thomas Seckford, who rebuilt the abbey, paid for St Mary’s Church chapel and founded the alms-houses and in 1575 the splendid Shire Hall on Market Hill.
There is still plenty of riverside activity and the river boasts a cruising club, sailing club and rowing club; canoeing is also popular. There are some excellent boat trips along the Deben from the quay and you might want to sign up for a sailing or canoeing course during your stay.
Walking along the river you will pass the Riverside Cinema and Theatre (with restaurant), and the station before reaching the park with its Victorian bandstand, model boat lake (very popular with all ages), tennis courts and tea rooms.
The quayside has been attractively redeveloped, and there are some nice cafes including the Waterfront Café, where you can relax with a coffee and watch the river activity. Close by is a magnificent tide mill. Built in 1793 Woodbridge Tide Mill is the only one in the country that has been restored to full working order.
Woodbridge has a selection of museums to suit all the family. The Suffolk Punch Museum’s exhibition is devoted to the Suffolk Punch breed of heavy working horses, the oldest breed in the world. Just down the hill is the Woodbridge Museum, a treasure trove of information on the town, whilst Sutton Hoo ‘the page one in the history of England’ is just a mile out of town.
A stroll along the Thoroughfare will take an age, there are so many fascinating shops and several excellent local coffee shops, and if you like antiques then a gentle climb up Church Hill will reveal some real gems.
Woodbridge eateries and public spaces will host pop-up restaurants, special menues, and cooking demos throughout this weekend of sensational local sea food!Around the Town
A fun walk around the coastal town of Felixstowe and a chance to raise money for the Blue Cross!Felixstowe Sea Front
Fresh local and seasonal food and produce, set up in Woodbridge's Community Hall.Woodbridge Community Hall