Towns, VIllages & Historic sites
There are some very picturesque towns and villages to see in this part of Suffolk and the Suffolk heritage coast. We are lucky to be situated just outside one of the prettiest of all, Woodbridge. With its fantastic river frontage and wonderful historic high street which has some truly unique and boutique shops. Some are listed below but there are many more gems to find.
Woodbridge is rich in history, picturesque views and welcoming atmosphere. Nestling near the head of the tidal reaches of the River Deben, Woodbridge has a host of independent shops, pubs and restaurants.
Landmark sights include the much-photographed historic and working Tide Mill and Buttrum's Windmill. Across the river is the Anglo-Saxon burial ground of Sutton Hoo operated by the National Trust.
During the summer months all these attractions are linked by an open top bus service on Thursdays and Saturdays. There is a Farmers Market 9am - 1pm 2nd and 4th Sat every month at the Community Centre.
There are also several delightful walks around Woodbridge and the surrounding villages.
Woodbridge town council runs a weekly market outside the Shire Hall on the market square every Thursday from 8 am.
The village of Bawdsey is sited at the end of a long road at the mouth of the River Deben. Although slightly remote, the village attracts the holiday visitor because of its location to the waters edge and its wonderful views out across the estuary.
Bawdsey is very much a place to go to get away from it all. One can get homemade and locally sourced lunches and teas from the Boathouse Cafe.
There are an extensive network of cycle paths and walkways, which can be followed on the Ordinance Survey Explorer Maps numbers 212 and 231 (available from us on loan or to buy). It's lovely to combine a walk or cycle with a trip on the Deben Ferries with harbour master John White. Deben ferries cross the river from Felixstowe Ferry to Bawdsey Quay.
The ferry runs seasonally, carrying foot passengers and cycles from Easter to April at weekends only, 10 am to 5 pm, and daily from May to October, 10 am to 6 pm. Wave the bat at the end of the jetty to call the ferryman. The ferry links the Bawdsey with Old Felixstowe, the fishing boats, seafood sheds and Felixstowe Ferry Cafe.
Aldeburgh is a wonderful coastal town to visit with lovely shops, a pebble beach that goes on for miles, fantastic restaurants including some of the best fish and chips in the country.
Wander along the coast and visit the Aldeburgh Martello tower. Sail a model boat on the boating lake, explore the life boat centre. Visit the meare at Thorpeness and row around the delightful little islands. But most of all eat lots of Ice cream!
The attractive market town of Framlingham is dominated by a Norman castle which was the seat of the Earls and Dukes of Norfolk. There are always events being held at Framlingham so it's definitely worth a visit. Find out more about events at Framlingham click here.
The Mere alongside Framlingham castle is managed by Suffolk Wildlife Trust and a circular footpath enables visitors to appreciate the abundance of wild flowers and wildlife. The Town Trail is a great way of finding out more about the town's history and interesting buildings.
Set on the serenely unspoilt Suffolk coast, Georgian town of Walberswick is a sepia-tinted, English seaside dream. It's a great place for time on the sandy beach, walking, bird watching and cycling.
THE ANCHOR PUB
This pub has an award winning wine list, delicious food and hosts great events with Food Safari.
There is a small ferry boat to take foot passengers across the River Blyth to Southwold Harbour. (April onwards) t: 01502 478712
SOUTHWOLD COASTAL VOYAGER
Southwold Coastal Voyager sea and river boat trips including seal watching t: 07887 525082
The angling boat Panther Charters m: 07710 224165 or h: 01473 890058 can be chartered from Walberswick mainly cod and bass
Traditional Charter offer bespoke birdwatching tours, seal trips and wildlife tours tailored to suit your requirements - day trips or longer t: 07811 469505
Situated on the North Sea Coast Southwold is a wonderful place to visit for the day. Eat Fish & Chips on the beach, spend time on the pier, get your fix of shopping in the town.
The area surrounding Southwold is an area of outstanding natural beauty and Southwold itself is a jewel in the Suffolk crown.
An exciting visitor centre with many interesting events on the site of a famous ship burial of an anglo-saxon king and his most treasured possessions t: 01394 389714
One of the most delightful villages on the Suffolk Heritage Coast and a true historical gem. In the Middle Ages it was a thriving sea port from where Eleanor of Aquitaine set off to ransom her son Richard Coeur de Lion. Find out more about Orford click here.
The rivers Alde and Ore still flow past the quay and are home to fishermen, boats and birds. Across the river is Orford Ness National Trust Nature Reserve, the largest vegetated shingle spit in Europe and a former military test site; downstream is Haversgate Island an RSPB Bird Sanctuary, famous for the avocet.
The village is less than five miles from the Snape Maltings world class concert hall, home to the Aldeburgh Music Festival.
Orford has something to offer to everyone; walkers, sailors, cyclists, bird lovers, music and art lovers, those interested in history and food, or simply wanting to relax.