A guide to the market towns of Woodbridge and Aldeburgh

It’ll come as no surprise that at Woodfarm Barns and Barges, we consider the town of Woodbridge to offer the very best in the way of history and beauty. We also think rather highly of Aldeburgh, too. Each offering more than their fair share of charm and attractions, they’re perfect destinations for a day out when staying at our Barges or Barns for rent in Suffolk. Indeed, we’ve Twee Gebroeders right on the quay on the edge of the town, so there’s easy access to everything to see and do. What’s more, Aldeburgh is just ten mins from Onderneming. 

Woodbridge: A Riverside Retreat

Situated on the banks of the River Deben, Woodbridge is a town steeped in maritime history and positively brims with character. From its scenic riverside setting, to its collection of historic buildings and vibrant community, it’s very much a “must-visit” destination.

Things to see and do:

One of Woodbridge’s most iconic landmarks is the Tide Mill, a working watermill that dates all the way back to the 12th century. Restored and fully operational, the Tide Mill offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into the town’s industrial past. The mill’s picturesque location along the river also makes it a great place to start exploring.

Another notable historic site is Sutton Hoo, located just a short drive from the town centre. This Anglo-Saxon burial site, featuring the remains of an ancient ship and treasure, provides a deep dive into England’s early history and recently featured in its very own Netflix special. 

Central to Woodbridge’s charm is the River Deben. Perfect for taking a leisurely stroll along, the riverbank is lined with cafes and there’s kayaks and paddleboards for the more adventurously inclined.

Every Thursday the market comes to town, allowing our guests to pick up local produce, crafts, and antique souvenirs. The town also boasts an array of independent shops, boutiques, and galleries, perfect for finding unique gifts.

Keen foodies will also appreciate Woodbridge’s diverse culinary scene. From cosy pubs like The Anchor and The Kings Head to  more fine dining options at The Table, there’s something to suit every palate and plate. 

Aldeburgh: A Seaside Haven

Renowned for its artistic heritage and pebble beach, Aldeburgh is a quintessentially British seaside town. Its charming high street, cultural festivals, and stunning coastal scenery make it a particularly well-loved destination.

Things to see and do:

Stretching along the North Sea, Aldeburgh’s pebble beach is perfect for a relaxing day by the water. Featuring an iconic scallop sculpture – a tribute to composer Benjamin Britten – the beach is about as photogenic as they come. With beachfront fish and chip shops like the famous Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop, it couldn’t be easier to get some fish and chips by the seaside, too.

Aldeburgh’s connection to the arts is celebrated through various cultural attractions. The Aldeburgh Festival, held annually in June, showcases classical music and opera, drawing performers and audiences from around the world. The town’s cinema, one of the oldest in the country, also regularly screens independent and popular films.

A 16th-century timber-framed building, the Moot Hall now serves as a museum detailing the town’s rich history. The nearby Martello Tower, one of the many built along the coast during the Napoleonic Wars, offers panoramic views of the surrounding area and a fascinating insight into the town’s military past.

In addition to these attractions, Aldeburgh also offers a range of great places to eat and drink out. Boasting several fine dining restaurants, such as The Lighthouse and Sea Spice, there’s also the likes of The Cross Keys for a cosy atmosphere for a relaxing drink.

Whether you’re drawn to the riverside tranquillity of Woodbridge or the seaside charm of Aldeburgh – or both – we’re sure that you’ll have a delightful time visiting when staying at our Barns and Barges for rent in Suffolk.

Reasons to Stay at Woodfarm, Suffolk

We happen to think what we have on offer is pretty bloomin' good. However, we thought you might like a bunch of reasons to stay, other than we think you should!

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Brilliant beaches! Suffolk has an incredible Heritage Coast, with great beaches, all in easy reach of us.

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Dogs stay FREE, and we don't just tolerate them, we welcome them! We've built our reputation on this, and we're proud of it!

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Pawesome, fully-enclosed two acre Pooch Paddock for your Dogs to go bonkers and make new friends in.

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Free Doggy treats, Dog bowls, and Dog towels. Our furry friends even get Woodfarm branded poop bag holders!

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Visit England Gold Awards coming out of our ears, as well as their coveted ROSE Award for Service Excellence.

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Well in excess of 1,000 Five Star Tripadvisor, Facebook & Google Reviews. Over 25% of our guests come back!

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Private Hot tubs with seven of our eight Barns and Cottages. The ultimate in relaxation, just because you're worth it.

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Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Yes, plural. Two AONB's on our doorstep! Suffolk Coast & Heaths, and Dedham Vale.

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Stunning river walks directly from your gangplank on either Barge! Wildlife and breathtaking scenery in abundance.

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