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Woodbridge is a town in Suffolk. It is about 8 miles from the coast, on the River Deben and is the location of medieval burial sites and ancient archaeological finds.


Sutton Hoo (Replica) Mask
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The town is probably best known for the Sutton Hoo 6th and 7th century burial sites, something many will be visiting the area to see, though archaeological finds show habitation back to 2500-1700 B.C. Although the area was under Roman occupation for 300 years, there is little in the way of Roman remains.

The Rendlesham Forest Incident[edit]

In Dec 1980, strange lights were reportedly seen over Rendlesham Forest which were linked with claims of UFO landings. Nearby RAF Woodbridge (used by the USAF at the time) deputy base commander and other base personnel also claim to have seen what they described as a UFO landing.

The reports gained traction and the alleged sightings have been rated as of similar importance to the Roswell Incident (the 1980 "sightings" have become known as 'Britain's Roswell'). The sightings have been attributed to a fireball, Orford Ness Lighthouse and bright stars. Visitors have not been warned to take any special precautions with regard to risks of alien abductions.

Get in[edit]

By road[edit]

The town is on the A12 main road connecting it to Ipswich (9 miles) to the SW and to Lowestoft (40 miles) to the N.

By train[edit]

By bus[edit]

By bicycle[edit]

Get around[edit]

Map of Woodbridge (England)

The town is small enough to see on foot.


Sutton Hoo Boat Replica
Buttrum's Mill
  • 1 Sutton Hoo. site of two 6th- and early 7th-century Anglo-Saxon cemeteries Sutton Hoo (Q503256) on Wikidata Sutton Hoo on Wikipedia
  • 2 Woodbridge Tide Mill. Living museum Woodbridge Tide Mill (Q8032425) on Wikidata Woodbridge Tide Mill on Wikipedia
  • 3 Buttrum's Windmill, +44 1473 264755, . Several open day through year or by appointment. Buttrum's Mill, Woodbridge (Q5003132) on Wikidata Buttrum's Mill, Woodbridge on Wikipedia
  • 4 Bawdsey Radar Trust, IP12 3AT (Off the B1083, one mile beyond Bawdsey Village. 11 miles S of Woodbridge), +44 7821 162879 (mobile), . Closed until Sept 2017 for the conservation work. Although radar technology early experiments were carried out at the Appleton Laboratories in Datchet, Slough, the technology was developed by scientists at Bawdsey in the time before the outbreak of WWII when the team was moved to Dundee.
  • 5 Shingle Street (Shingle Beach) (8 miles SE of Woodbridge). Beautiful, remote and tranquil stretch of coast Shingle Street (Q7497465) on Wikidata Shingle Street on Wikipedia
  • 6 Suffolk Punch Trust (Heritage Horse Centre), Woodbridge Walk, Hollesley IP12 3JR (8 miles E of Woodbridge), +44 1394 411327, . Adult £9; Children £5; Under 5 free.
  • 7 Woodbridge Museum, 5a Market Hill, Woodbridge IP12 4LP, +44 1394 380502, . Easter-end Oct: Th-Su & bank holidays (daily during school holidays) 10:00-16:00. Adults £1; Children 30p.
  • 8 493rd Bomb Group Museum, Grove Farm, Clopton IP13 6QS (5½ miles NW of Woodbridge), +44 7850 078432 (mobile), . Control Tower Museum last Su in month Apr-Sept 11:00-16:00.
  • 9 Parham Airfield Museum, IP13 9AF (9½ miles NE of Woodbridge), +44 1728 621373, . Su & Bank Holiday M, from 1st Sunday Apr-last Su October 11:00-17:00; W during Jun-Aug 11:00-16:00. Free.
  • Don't see Orfordness Lighthouse which was dismantled in July 2020. Completed in 1792, it was inactive and stood on a fast-eroding shingle spit; it couldn't be relocated or reinforced against the sea. It's hoped to place some of the structure as a memento on firm ground somewhere nearby.







  • 1 Post Office, 3 The Turban, The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge IP12 1AA. M 08:30-17:30, T-Sa 09:00-17:30.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Woodbridge
LondonIpswich  SW UK road A12.svg NE  SaxmundhamLowestoft

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