Places to visit in Woodbridge
(photo courtesy of Gail Barnett © 2011)
Woodbridge is a historic, riverside market town in Suffolk. It is in the East of England, not far from the coast and it lies along the river Deben. The town is served by Woodbridge railway station on the Ipswich-Lowestoft East Suffolk Line. Woodbridge is twinned with Mussidan in France. With 1400 years of recorded history, the town retains an interesting variety of historical architecture, making it an interesting town just to walk around, for boating and riverside walks. It was voted by Country Living in April 2010 as one of only six top Foodie Towns in the UK.
Woodbridge Tide Mill
The Tide Mill is the symbol of Woodbridge, standing on the refurbished Quay with commanding views of the river. It may be one of the earliest Tide Mills in the UK, it was certainly the last working Tide Mill in the UK. The wheel last turned in 1957, when the oak main shaft broke. The Mill has been an inspiration for thousands of artists and photographers, for many years.
The Shire Hall
The Shire Hall stands at the centre of old Woodbridge, in the middle of the Market Hill, and has been the focal point of the town for over 400 years. The Shire Hall was built in 1575, by Thomas Seckford, Master of the court of Requests to Queen Elizabeth I.
The information packed museum run by volunteers tells the whole story of the town from Roman times to the present day, including Thomas Seckford and Edward Fitzgerald.
The Ferry Quay
So named because, in times past, the high tide water ferry from the town to the Sutton side of the river Deben was operated from the end of this quay.
Suffolk Punch Heavy Horse Museum
The Suffolk Punch horse is celebrated in this award winning museum, located in the Shire Hall, with its collection of historic photographs, farm and family mementoes, paintings and silverware. They are heavy working horses, the oldest such breed in the world, probably the most perfect working animal ever bred by man, and are still bred today in and around Woodbridge.
The Deben Riverside Walk
A treat for 'Birders' and 'Twitchers', fascinating at any time of year.
St. Mary's Church
St. Mary's is one of the great English Churches with one of the best 15th Century Seven Sacrament fonts.
Model Boating Pond
A lovely place to sail a model boat, near to the Tea Hut on the riverpath.
The park was gifted by Lord Woodbridge in 1935, the historic Elmhurst Park is located in the heart of Woodbridge.
One of England's finest tower windmills. Build in 1836, it was probably a wedding present to its first owner, Pierce Trott, who married in the same year. The mill is a product of the famous Suffolk millwright John Whitmore. Visitors can climb the tall tower to see his elegant machinery, including no less than four pairs of millstones.
Sutton Hoo is a group of low grassy mounds, overlooking Woodbridge from the Eastern Bank of the Deben. In 1939 excavations brought to light the richest burial ever discovered in Britain; an Anglo-Saxon ship containing the treasure of one of the earliest English Kings, Redwald, King of East Anglian.