The town of Woodbridge is a Suffolk treasure. Perched perfectly on the bank of the river Deben this pretty market town thrives from tourism. Its bustling town centre boasts a thoroughfare lined with independent boutique shops, its boat laden waterfront hosts some wonderful restaurants and beautiful views, and the natural beauty of its countryside is criss-crossed with excellent walking trails.
Woodbridge really is a fantastic place to visit and the best thing is it’s just 15 minutes’ drive away from our luxury accommodation here at Mollett’s Farm. Just turn left when you come out of our driveway, follow the road, cross a few roundabouts and you can’t miss it!
As it’s such a friendly and welcoming town it’s easy to find yourself losing track of time and whiling away the day in one of the lovely coffee shops, and that’s fine. However, if you want to make the most of Woodbridge we are sharing some of our top tips on the trendiest places, fabulous foods, local landmarks and places to explore.
So, without further ado here are some of Woodbridge’s best and worst kept secrets.
The Riverside Theatre and Cinema
You can’t beat the quirkiness and nostalgia of an original theatre. This charming establishment located on the Woodbridge quayside offers an eclectic mix of the latest box office hits, documentaries and silver screen classics alongside the highest quality live performances in their classically styled vintage theatre. The building also houses an award-winning restaurant with a fantastic seasonal menu. Our top tip, arrive early and enjoy the pre-theatre menu, then enjoy the show whilst tucking into an ice cream from their own ice cream hut.
The Tide Mill
If you fancy a taste of history, then you cannot miss the Woodbridge Tide Mill. It’s over 800 years old yet you can still see the old oak wheel turning. That’s because it is still used to produce flour to this day. The Woodbridge tide mill was one of the first ever tide mills in the country and is now the last! Explore each floor of the mill and engage with interactive and educational exhibits that guide you through the centuries old skill of milling. Why not take the kids along and listen to the audio tours as the kids enjoy a bit of fancy dress as they dress up as millers?
The Angel Inn – Gin Palace
One for the adults now. The Angel Inn has been dubbed as the ‘home of gin’ in East Anglia. They have the widest selection of gin in the region meaning that, no matter your taste, the superbly knowledgeable staff will be able to recommend just the right tipple and tonic for everyone. Sounds good right? But don’t worry, for those who aren’t so keen on spirits The Angel inn always has a fantastic selection of cask ales and craft beers and wines alongside live music nights that will make your spirits soar even higher.
The Ferry Quay Café – ‘The Caravan’
For those who love an early start and a bite to eat before they explore, or for those who may have visited The Angel Inn the night before, there is nothing better than a hearty breakfast. If you want a big, bold, locally sourced breakfast that is great value for money and in a pretty location, head on down to Caravan on the quayside and watch the boats sway in the water as you tuck into your Full English.
Boutiques and independent stores darling, what a wonderful way to spend a day. The Thoroughfare of Woodbridge is a renowned Suffolk attraction boasting a fantastic array of independent retailers lining both sides of the pedestrianised street where shoppers can peruse the shelves and rails of Antique shops, vintage sweet stores, haberdasheries, fashion boutiques, cake shops, and even an art gallery. If you’re looking to enjoy a few hours of retail therapy, then the Woodbridge Thoroughfare is the place to be.
Walks along the Deben
For those who love to soak up the beauty of nature, Woodbridge offers some fantastic walks of varying length and difficulty along the River Deben and around the local area. The walks are highly populated with animals and birdlife throughout the year offering brilliant opportunities for walkers and even photographers to really catch the atmosphere and scenes that each season brings in this beautiful and picturesque setting. If you’re really up for a challenge there is a 12 mile walk along the Deben from Woodbridge to Felixstowe Ferry. Our top tip, follow this walk to the village of Waldringfield (about 4 miles away), have a delicious pub lunch at the Maybush Inn, and take a wander back to Woodbridge. You will have a fantastic day and your legs will thank us later! For other walks click here.
Bonus Secret: Go Seal Spotting
It is not uncommon to see seals frolicking in the water of the River Deben, so keep an eye out for these cute guys!
Now, if that isn’t enough for you to put together a fun day out in Woodbridge than make sure to ask us during your stay and check out more posts on the blog. After a long day out exploring Woodbridge our luxury self-catered accommodation is the best place to rest before your next Suffolk adventure.