Woodbridge Travel Guide

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    The river Deben at Woodbridge
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    The Military test sites on Havergate
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Woodbridge Things to Do

  • Visit Sutton Hoo

    The National Trust now own this important archaeological site. As a consequence it is very well regulated and laid out with an excellent museum and guided tours ( which are at extra cost).There are several other Sutton Hoo tips written by other people so I'll not go into detail except to say that the exhibition's reconstruction of the ship, in...

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  • The Shire Hall

    Built by Thomas Seckford in 1575, this is a classic Tudor-style building. It's the centre of the town, standing on Market Hill.

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  • Buttrum's Mill

    This windmill was built in 1836, and is believed to have been a wedding gift to Pierce Trott. It was later bought by the Buttrum family, who operated it until 1928. It was designed by John Whitmore, the noted Suffolk millwright. It's open to visitors (although I arrived too late to tour the inside).

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  • Feed the ducks and swans on the River...

    There is a terrific riverside walk starting from the train station. At first it takes you past all of the small boats and the sailing club and there is an opportunity to feed the ducks and swans. We were there when the tide was out and the mud was up! The swans were keen to get at the food being thrown from the side and made their way by pushing...

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  • Take a boat ride on Regardless

    In the October school half term week the boat was doing a brisk trade with two trips round the Havergate Island a day. Apparently though it normally only runs the one hour trip on a daily basis between April to September, weather permitting. You can step on board from Orford Quay.It's not just the birdlife that is of interest. Pete, the skipper...

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  • Visit Orford castle

    If you choose to visit the castle in Winter time it's best not to go on a Tuesday or Wednesday because it is closed. We were there on a Tuesday. We still got to walk around the base of the castle keep - all that is left remaining. Apparently there is a spiral staircase to get to the top to enjoy the views over the landscape.The castle was built...

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  • Take a walk along the pebbly beach

    It's only a mile or two from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness and it's nice to stroll along the beach hearing the waves breaking and water rushing back over the pebbles.Other hardy souls set up their little tents and lines on the beach in the hope of catching their supper. It's a bit too sedentary for me but each to their own.You can park along the car park...

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  • Sutton Hoo - Shop and Cafe

    As at all National Trust properties, there is a shop selling all sorts of things, from books to postcards - so nothing different here. But do have a browse through the leaflets available about other attractions in the nearby area - you'll be surprised just how much there is to do and how many places you've never heard of.And after you've looked at...

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  • Sutton Hoo - the Visitor Centre

    The visitor centre was built in 2001. One building contains the ever-present National Trust shop, offices and the all-important café, whilst the other building is the exhibition hall.The exhibition hall has an excellent display about Sutton Hoo, the history of the time and the findings at the site, and contains many original artefacts, plus copies...

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  • Sutton Hoo - Burial Ground of Kings

    Sutton Hoo is an estate of 254 acres on a ridge overlooking the River Deben, just south of Woodbridge. Within the grounds lies the burial ground - the final resting places of two Saxon kings and members of their aristocracy. There are known to have been some 17 burial mounds of varying sizes - most of which are still visible today. You can walk...

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  • Take a walk along the River Deben

    The River Deben links Woodbridge to the sea. Strolling along its banks, one can get a good look at the local fishing and pleasure boats, and enjoy views of the town.

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  • Walk along the river

    For a nice peaceful walk, head for the small train station at Woodbridge, either go across the track if safe to do so, or go over the bridge and you can see the Mill to your left, and boats, boats, and more boats. There are a lot of sailing clubs here, and on the particular day we were there, there was a yacht race being held. The walk can be...

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Woodbridge Restaurants

  • Maritime connections to eating

    We only wanted a light lunch and we were pleased to find this maritime - ships galley- themed restaurant in the square occupied by Shire Hall.In the narrow room there were wooden seats, low ceiling and many ocean related pictures, plates and things scattered around. Further in you can see the long, narrow kitchen - just like a ship's galley.We only...

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  • Superb local cuisine

    We had a wonderful meal here in the summer of 2006.Ugur Vata and his team provide fantastic food made from local Suffolk produce. Their hospitality was top notch too. There's a great wine list - we had a superb Lebanese Musar.Certainly not the cheapest restaurant in the area, but easily worth it.Highly recommended for a special meal.

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    One of the public notices about Sutton Hoo

    by MikeBird Written Nov 2, 2008

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    We happened to stop by the second hand bookshop at Sutton Hoo. It's run by a chap called Patrick who has a classic Suffolk accent and is full of stories about suffolk rural life. He had been a dairy manager for much of his life and seems to be very happy to tell his stories to any visitors willing to listen. He is so enthusiastic in his story telling that you might find yourself there for longer than you intended but he is interesting. He doesn't seem to know anything about Sutton Hoo ( he told us he'd never had the chance to walk down to the burial sites!) but he knows lots about Woodbridge over the last 50 years.

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Woodbridge Off The Beaten Path

  • Track down your ancestors

    My great uncle was a Blacksmith who lived in a small, 2 up and 2 down, cottage with his forge set alongside his house which was down a country lane. I visited it when I was a small boy ( about 45 years ago) and could remember the overhead power cables and the neighbouring thatched house.I remembered the name of the village and so we set off to see...

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  • visited and guided around Woodbridge...

    This is something that i took my then 12 and 14 year old children to while visiting childhood memories, and can only say when the guide retires, it will be a terrible shame. To visit and be guided around the mill was a total enthralling experience for all three of us and should be advised to all. We learnt lots and experienced a powerful tour (even...

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  • see an 18th Century windmill

    not far from Woodbridge is the 18th Century Saxted Green Windmill.It was the earliest of this type of mill built in this country. It has four sails with a span of 54ft, and consists of a brick roundhouse situated below a three storey wooden "buck".Open Easter to September, Monday to Saturday 10am. - 1pm. and 2pm - 6pm

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    by joanj Written Jun 22, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Not exactly a tip but more of information

    Woodbridge is on the rail route betweeen London Liverpool Street , Ipswich, and Lowestoft. Rail enquiries:- 08457 484950

    Woodbridge Tourist Information Centre :- 01394 382240

    web site www.woodbridgesuffolk.info

    Weekly retail market on Thursdays, many stalls specialising in food. 8.a.m. - 2.p.m.

    Farmers and Craft Market on second and fourth Saturdays of every months - 9 a.m. - 1.p.m.

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