Woodbridge United Kingdom: Things to do

Sometimes there’s nothing more magical than simply exploring new towns and regions in your own country. Therefore, I recently decided to visit the small town of Woodbridge, Suffolk (England). Based near the coast, on the banks of the river Deben, this charming East Anglian town has a lot to offer! Thus here’s my guide to the best things to do in Woodbridge United Kingdom.


Things to do in Woodbridge Suffolk –

1) Wander around the town centre –

As mentioned above, Woodbridge is a charming town with a lot of character. Its historic centre is characterised by winding streets, adorable houses and independent shops. In other words, it has all the old town English charm you could dream of! Highlights to see include the town hall and the beautiful historic church.

Things to do in Woodbridge

2) Visit the harbour –

One of the best things to do in Woodbridge is to visit its harbour, located along the banks of the river Deben. Here the landscape changes dramatically with the tide, which creates beautiful changing views throughout the day. Therefore I recommend simply walking along the waters edge, amongst the several moored boats, as it will allow you to take in the beautiful scenery.

3) Tour the Woodbridge Tide Mill –

More than this, the towns most famous ‘landmark’ is located in the harbour: the Tide MillThis Woodbridge England sight is the earliest mill of its kind to be constructed in the country, and is also thought to be the longest running, after being in continuous operation for over 800 years.

Woodbridge united Kingdom

Today the Tide Mill is still in working order and home to an interesting museum that explains the mills history. You can also see the magnificent machinery in practice.

4) Visit Buttrum’s Mill –

Built in 1836, Buttrum’s Mill is a charming building that still stands proudly in the heart of Woodbridge Suffolk after all these years. In fact, the mill is the tallest surviving in Suffolk and even has its impressive ‘sails’ still attached, which is very rare.

Woodbridge England

The Mill is about a ten minute walk away from the Town Hall (along Burkitt road) meaning its very each to reach. Although its only open several days of the year, I enjoyed simply viewing the ancient structure from the small garden adjacent to the mill.

TOP TIP: if you’re a big fan of Mills, you can enquire about a tour here. 

Things to do near Woodbridge United Kingdom –

Woodbridge Suffolk is only a small town so if you’re staying for a weekend you may run out of things to do within the town itself. However, there’s plenty to do nearby if you have access to a car:

1) Sutton Hoo –

Less than a 10 minute drive from Woodbridge United Kingdom sits one of the most important archaeological discoveries of all time, Sutton Hoo. Excavated in the 1930’s, the site unveiled some very important treasures such as an entire Anglo-Saxon ship.

things to do woodbridge suffolk, Sutton Hoo

Today you can visit a national trust museum which is home to an award-winning exhibition on the history of Sutton Hoo. It also features a reconstruction of the burial chamber, original finds and replica treasures.

2) The Suffolk Punch Trust Colony Stud Farm –

As a horse lover, my favourite thing to do in Woodbridge United Kingdom was to visit the Suffolk Punch Trust Colony Stud Farm. The Suffolk Punch is a beautiful draught horse that is sadly endangered. The Stud farm is therefore trying to change this by breeding this stunning creature.

Woodbridge Suffolk, Sutton Punch Trust

The farm itself is a great day out for families as it offers multiple horse related demonstrations and you’re allowed to meet the mares, stallions and adorable foals. There’s also wagon displays and a farm containing other rare British breeds… For the older generation there’s even an interesting heritage museum!

3) Felixstowe beach –

Since Woodbridge Suffolk is so close to the sea, it’d be a crime to visit and not take a trip to the beach. Felixstowe beach is only about 20 minutes away and I’d highly recommend a visit. The beach consists of sand and shingle and stretches for four miles, therefore its the perfect place to ‘kick back’ and relax or take a stroll. You may also want to tuck into some delicious fresh fish and chips or grab an ice-cream!

things to do in Woodbridge England, Flexistowe Beach


That completes my list of things to do in Woodbridge United Kingdom! I’d highly recommend a visit to this charming part of England. There’s plenty of places to stay in Woodbridge Suffolk (such as the Crown at Woodbridge) meaning there’s no excuse not to organise a trip!

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  1. November 15, 2018 / 2:10 am

    I have never heard of Woodbridge but it looks like such as gorgeous place! There is something to be said about a smaller English town. Also, the Sutton Hoo looks super interesting!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      November 15, 2018 / 4:44 pm

      You’re so right about the small towns! And I found it very interesting as its an area of history we’re never really taught that much about 🙂

  2. November 15, 2018 / 2:20 am

    This place looks so charming! I’m dying for a little peace and quiet right now and I bet Woodbridge would be perfect.

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      November 15, 2018 / 4:44 pm

      Definitely the perfect place to escape too!

  3. November 15, 2018 / 3:54 am

    Woodbridge is so picturesque! I agree, sometimes we have to explore our own towns and find hidden gems. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Elisabeth
    November 15, 2018 / 9:41 am

    I have never heard of Woodbridge in particular. But I read about Suffolk and it looks really nice. I hope I can visit one day! Thanks for sharing!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      November 15, 2018 / 4:41 pm

      Suffolk is such a nice area and definitely worth visiting if you have time when you’re in the UK 🙂

  5. Ene Abah
    November 15, 2018 / 4:59 pm

    This is a part of England I’ve never been to. I’m taking notes, I just might stop by on my best visit.

  6. Michelle
    November 15, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    What a charming town to explore. Thanks for the great tips, and I agree not visiting any beach is definitely a crime 🙂

  7. November 15, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    I’ve only been to London so far – but I have a dream of doing a road trip around England because of quaint towns like this. Such a different vibe – seems so much more authentic.

  8. Rahma Khan
    November 15, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    This place looks like just out of a dream! Such an engaging post

  9. November 15, 2018 / 11:08 pm

    The Ride Mil sounds really interesting. Was that photo taken at low tide? Headed to England again next year so I’ll have to bookmark this!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      November 19, 2018 / 4:52 pm

      Yes it was taken at low tide! Hope you enjoy your trip 🙂

  10. November 16, 2018 / 4:38 am

    Honestly, I haven’t heard of Woodbridge. It’s amazing how such pieces educate us about such amazing offbeat locations in the world. Keep up the good work!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      November 19, 2018 / 4:52 pm

      Thank you for reading and your kind words!

  11. November 28, 2018 / 10:01 pm

    I was lucky enough to stay in woodbridge for work a few years ago and have of course visited the famous Sutton Hoo. Such a quaint part of the UK, I would love to go back and explore more

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      November 30, 2018 / 10:55 am

      Quaint is the perfect way to explain the area!

  12. December 2, 2018 / 2:43 pm

    So good to know about woodbridge. i will love to visit woodbridge someday.

  13. January 17, 2019 / 6:25 am

    Thanks for sharing this amazing post.

  14. Pat Duncan
    May 22, 2020 / 7:10 pm

    Gorgeous photos brought back many happy memories of holidays in Suffolk. Love Woodbridge!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      May 27, 2020 / 5:57 pm

      Thankyou! It’s a beautiful town, the whole of Suffolk is so picturesque 🙂

  15. January 12, 2021 / 7:28 am

    Thank you so much to share this article with us. I really enjoyed it and impressed with your article. Keep us updating with more amazing articles.

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