Woodbridge is one of Suffolk’s most treasured market towns.
With the likes of the town centre having an abundance of independent shops, the water-front hosting restaurants with beautiful views and countryside offering picturesque walking trails, it is an excellent place for day visitors or people wanting an extended stay. There’s so much to do in the pretty town that we thought we’d share with you some of our favourite’s.
Why not take a walk down Woodbridge Thoroughfare? The iconic street is lined with characteristic buildings and is host to many local establishments including pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops and bakeries. The street is only a few meters wide which -creates a buzzing atmosphere where people can wave at each other from one window to another.
Woodbridge Tide Mill
One of the first and the last working Tide mills in the country, The Woodbridge Tide mill Living Museum is an excellent place to go and learn about some local history whilst visiting Suffolk. Recently being restored and opened to the public, it is now a fully working mill and is a fascinating piece of machinery to watch and learn more about.
The Riverside Theatre and Cinema
The Riverside Theatre and Cinema in Woodbridge is a charming establishment where visitors can enjoy excellent pickings of quality performances in a classic theatre setting. Located next to the River Deben, the cinema has an adjoining restaurant which serves Michelin standard food and homemade bread and pasta. To top it all off, customers can even take their drink into the screen with them once finishing their meal.
Shire Hall & Market Square
Originally built by Thomas Seckford, the upper part of the Shire Hall was used for judicial purposes while the ground floor served as an open corn market. Many changes followed over the intervening centuries, notably the addition of Flemish gabling and stone capping in the 17th Century and the bricking up of the archways in the early 19th Century. However, the Hall continued to serve in a judicial capacity until recent times, maintaining a link with the Elizabethan era. In 1987 the Town Council purchased the Shire Hall, which now serves as the administration centre.
You can find many walks along the River Deben that you can find yourself getting lost in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, whether you’re a keen hiker or just wanting a leisurely stroll, there are trails suited for all. Walkers can enjoy waving to boats as they drift by and spotting an abundance of wildlife that calls the River Deben home.
If you look closely enough while wandering along the river Deben you might even be able to make out Sutton Hoo our most famous Viking burial ground, Sutton Hoo is the site of two early medieval cemeteries that date from the 6th to 7th centuries. Archaeologists have been excavating the area since 1939. One cemetery had an undisturbed ship burial with a wealth of Anglo-Saxon artefacts; most of these objects are now held by the British Museum. Scholars believe Rædwald of East Anglia the most likely person to be buried in the ship. The site is important in understanding the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of East Anglia and the early Anglo-Saxon period, as it illuminates a period that lacks historical documentation