Visit Woodbridge

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.

	The River Deben at Woodbridge is a mecca for boating of all kinds and the fabulous riverside walk gives you every chance to feed the ducks and take in the magnificent views - across the river to Sutton Hoo, up river to the working Tide Mill and down to Kyson point at Martlesham Creek. Never a dull moment!</p>
	The ancient riverside market town of Woodbridge is the heart of the Suffolk Coastal area. A fabulous range of pubs, restaurants, cafes and hotels as well as smart clothes shops, a cinema and a really quaint railway station. Magnificent old buildings and narrow alleyways make Woodbridge a fascinating and entertaining place to stay.</p>
	The ancient working Tide Mill is just one of the fascinating sites to see especially when the grinding wheels are in action. Up in the town there is Buttrums Mill, the tallest surviving windmill in Suffolk. Take time to look in St Marys church and find the tomb of the towns wealthiest benefactor, Sir Thomas Seckford.</p>

Woodbridge Accommodation

Accommodation in WoodbridgeSelf catering , Hotels and Bed & Breakfast in Woodbridge and surrounding area – cosy cottages and large family houses, great holiday homes for holidays at any time of year.

Woodbridge Accommodation

Holiday Cottages in Woodbridge

Holiday Cottages

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 and Breakfast in Woodbridge

Bed & Breakfast

A selection of Bed and Breakfast accommodation in and around Woodbridge; including Reviews, Maps and Contact details.

Woodbridge Bed and Breakfast
Hotels in Woodbridge


A guide to Hotel accommodation in and around Woodbridge; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.

Woodbridge Hotels

Woodbridge Eating

Eating in WoodbridgeEating Out in Woodbridge and surrounding area at one the many Restaurants, Cafes, Pubs and tea rooms.

Woodbridge Eating Out

Pubs in Woodbridge


A Guide to Pubs, Local Ales and Pub Food in and around Woodbridge; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.

Woodbridge Pubs
Cafés and Tearooms in Woodbridge

Cafés and Tearooms

Cafés and Tearooms in Woodbridge, with reviews, maps and contact details.

Woodbridge Cafés and Tearooms
Restaurants in Woodbridge


A guide to eating out in the best Restaurants in and around Woodbridge; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.

Woodbridge Restaurants
Local Food in Woodbridge

Local Foods

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 WoodbridgeThings 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.

Things to do in Woodbridge

Cinema and Theatre in Woodbridge


Cinema and Theatre in and around Woodbridge; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.

Woodbridge Cinema and Theatre
Cycling in Woodbridge


Cycling in and around Woodbridge; including Maps, Reviews, places to stop en route and Contact details.

Woodbridge Cycling
Historical Woodbridge


Historical buildings and places in and around Woodbridge; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.

Woodbridge Historical Interest
For the Kids in Woodbridge

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 in Woodbridge

Local Crafts

Local Crafts and places in and around Woodbridge; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.

Woodbridge Local Crafts
Sport and Leisure in Woodbridge

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 in Woodbridge


Walking and Walks in and around Woodbridge; including Maps, Reviews, and things to see En route.

Woodbridge Walks and Walking

Shops and Shopping

Shopping in WoodbridgeA guide to the individual shops and shopping in and around Woodbridge; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.

Woodbridge Shops and Shopping

Woodbridge Stories

Pettistree: The mystery behind the plaster...

A simple renovation led to a remarkable discovery at St Peter and St Paul church, Pettistree...

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Family Fun for Rainy Days in Suffolk

Rain rain...go away!

It’s the summer holidays, and the heavens have opened. What to do now? The fun doesn’t have to stop just because the sun isn’t shining! Read our guide on how to have a fantastic day out, even when the rain starts to pour!

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For the Grown Ups: 10 things you must do in Suffolk this Summer

Earlier we posted our definitive guide on what to do with the kids this summer in Suffolk. Now we turn our attention to the grown-ups. With brewery tours, fine dining, musical concerts, white water thrills and beautiful countryside walks, there’s so much that you need to be doing this summer!

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More Woodbridge Stories......

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 Events

A lecture lunch with Dr Sam Newton from Time Team! Autumn Equinox - one of the festivals of the Anglo-Saxon calendar

Sutton Hoo
Tramner House,
IP12 3DJ

The site gives the public a chance to view some of the Sutton Hoo replicas.

Tranmer House
Sutton Hoo,
IP12 3DJ

A cookery experience led by Emma Crowhurst who has spent many years working as a chef in London’s top restaurants was once Head Teacher at the prestigious Leith’s School of Food and Wine in Kensington.

Helmingham Hall
IP14 6EF

Acclaimed concer pianist, Peter Seivewright, brings a programme of Bach, Ravel, and the first performance of "Jazz Etudes" by Peter Thorne to St Margaret's Church in Ipswich.

St Margaret's Church
Bolton Lane,
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