Enchanting quayside town Woodbridge at the head of the River Deben sits just inland from the Heritage Coast and is ideal for touring Suffolk, Constable Country and Ipswich. The town is a picture-postcard mix of riverside walks, charming heritage inns serving fine Suffolk real ales and spectacular waterfront heritage buildings like the famous Tide Mill.
Woodbridge town centre is packed with quirky craft shops and stylish cafes, and the town sits close to popular attractions including Framlingham Castle, the Suffolk Punch Heavy Horse Museum and Europe’s longest shingle spit Orford Ness. Exquisite quayside cottages and character B&Bs in Woodbridge are just a selection of the fine accommodation choice available in this Suffolk riverside town which is a great choice for holidaying with your pet as you’ll find a wide selection of pet friendly cottages available in the town.
Riverside views from the Tide Mill and quayside at Woodbridge is one of Suffolk’s best views, with attractions in the town including gentle waterfront strolls and the fascinating old station, home to a cafe and tourist information centre. Woodbridge Marina is an incredibly popular spot for yacht mooring as the River Deben is navigable all the way to the sea. Don’t miss a tour of the 18th Century Tide Mill, the iconic large white building on the quayside with 20 foot waterwheel.
Based in a Woodbridge holiday cottage or B&B you’re also conveniently close to one of Britain’s most famous Saxon burial grounds Sutton Hoo. Stay in an idyllic inland riverside town near the Suffolk heritage coast and book Woodbridge accommodation online.
Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon Burial Ground
The Sutton Hoo site near Woodbridge had laid undisturbed for 1300 years prior to archaeologists unearthing the the Anglo-Saxon treasures here at the beginning of World War II in 1938. Sutton Hoo, the burial site of an Anglo-Saxon king and treasures is one of Britain’s special archaeological sites and essential visiting in the Woodbridge area. The Saxon King thought to have been buried here was Raedwald who is thought to have died around AD625.
What emerged under Mound 1 uncovered by the archaeologist Basil Brown was one of the world’s most astounding collections of Anglo-Saxon objects ever found. These objects included the iconic 7th century Anglo-Saxon helmet which is now on display in the British Museum London (in Room 41/Europe: AD 300-1100) alongside other precious Anglo-Saxon objects found at Sutton Hoo.
Visitors can tour the burial mounds where the treasures were discovered and there are spectacular views across to the River Deben from the Sutton Hoo site. An exhibition also features on-site which includes a full-size replica of the burial chamber and replicas of the Anglo-Saxon finds. Fun family events, guided tours, a cafe and onsite trails are all onsite.
The Suffolk Punch Trust
The Suffolk Punch Trust at Hollesley near Woodbridge promises a fun day out for all the family. A visitor centre, museum, cafe, rare breeds farm and a collection of magnificent Suffolk Punch horses in residence which visitors have ample opportunity to meet and greet this extra special breed. The Suffolk Punch are renowned as ‘gentle giants’ with their chestnut coasts and milt temperament. Much attention has been focused on the breed in recent times on popular TV programmes like Countryfile who have highlighted the fact that they are endangered. Find out more on The Suffolk Punch Trust’s website.