Woodbridge (1), Suffolk. Location map
Parking information for Woodbridge
 
  Picture of the Market Hall and Square, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Great Britain   Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Market Hill and the Shire Hall. This Tudor building dates from 1575 although the high gables in the Dutch style were added around 1700.

The lower floor of the Shire Hall was once a covered market and the houses and shops in the square around it are of 16th century origin although some of these buildings now have Georgian fronts.

 

 

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  Photograph of the waterside on the River Deben, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, Great Britain   Woodbridge, Suffolk.

The River Deben, which flows through Woodbridge to the North Sea, made the town a thriving seaport but it is now a popular leisure sailing centre.

This is part of the Quay showing the Tide Mill on the right and the Granary on the left.

The 'Waterfront Cafe' is incorporated within the Granary and is where we had lunch. It uses local produce where possible and the quality of the food is extraordinarily high. We recommend this cafe without hesitation.

 

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  Photo of St. Mary's Church, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, Great Britain   Woodbridge, Suffolk.

South of, and adjacent to, Market Hill is St. Mary's Church with an imposing tower and an impressive north porch. Building was started around 1400 and funded by merchants made rich when the town was a prosperous port.

 

 

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  Photo of Buttrum's Mill, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, Great Britain   Woodbridge, Suffolk

Buttrum's Mill was built in 1835 and is still in full working order with all of it's machinery intact. When there is enough wind to turn the sails visitors can see demonstrations of how wheat is ground to make flour.

The mill has limited opening times so check before you go. There is a free car park by the mill, for visitors, adjacent to Burkitt Road.

 

 

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  Photo of Orford Castle, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, Great Britain   Orford near Woodbridge, Suffolk

The church and the quay were built by the Normans and Orford grew in importance in the 12th century when Henry II commissioned the Castle to be built.

Orford became a thriving commercial and fishing seaport until the growth of Orford Ness cut it off from the sea and access was redirected through the mouth of the River Ore.

Orford is short drive east from Woodbridge.

 

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