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Explore Woodbridge in Suffolk

Woodbridge in Suffolk is a beautiful riverside town full of things to see and do. Here you can enjoy the atmosphere of a busy market town that has deep connections to the water, and discover some of the most important historical sites in the country.

With a history of boatbuilding, sail and rope making that dates back to the Middle Ages, Woodbridge has for centuries been shaped by its position on the River Deben. Boating, canoeing, and walks along the river into the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB are all great ways to experience a slice of riverside life in Woodbridge. As is visiting Woodbridge Tide Mill, a historic 800-year-old water mill still where you can discover what life was like for a miller and his family, and on certain days watch flour being milled in traditional fashion by a waterwheel and millstones.

Woodbridge is not short of historical sites: just across the river is Rendlesham Forest, location of the infamous Rendlesham UFO Incident of 1980, and Sutton Hoo, the site of a 7th century ship burial.

When unearthed in 1939, the Sutton Hoo ship was found to contain a horde of Anglo-Saxon treasure, leading archaeologists to believe it was the final resting place of King Raedwald of the Eastern Angles. To this day Sutton Hoo remains the most important Anglo-Saxon discovery in the country, and a fantastic place for an educational day out in Woodbridge.

Riverside fun and historical sites aside, Woodbridge is simply a wonderful place to be. Charming shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes are offset by picture-perfect architecture. Shoppers will love Woodbridge’s quirky outdoor markets, packed with vintage traders and gorgeous finds, and foodies should make sure to visit the Woodbridge Shuck, an annual festival of delicious seafood.

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