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Further Afield

Woodbridge is conveniently placed by road, rail and river making it the ideal place from which to explore the delights of coastal and rural Suffolk. Beginning in this quaint market town you can visit at least a couple of the county’s renowned attractions, with ease, within a single day. For example, a quick perusal of the map indicates that you can spend a morning on the battlements of Framlingham Castle and an afternoon dawdling on wild, dreamy beaches, watching out for rare birds between Dunwich and Minsmere.

Alternatively you can explore:
Southwold, with its pretty seafront and home to the famous Adnams Brewery,
Leiston, which has the ruins of an ancient abbey on its outskirts,
, a curious incarnation of one man’s vision of the perfect English village, containing a lovely white windmill, meare and the House in the Clouds,
Aldeburgh, an atmospheric old seaside town with in-shore fishing boats, boasting an ornate Tudor town hall and infamous Maggi Hambling sculpture,
Snape, home to the world famous Maltings, an international concert venue, host to the Britten Music School and Aldeburgh Music Festival,
Orford, a tiny settlement opposite eerie cold-war pagodas with an ancient tower brooding over river and town and, so the story goes, once imprisoned a wild man of the sea before escaped back to the sea from whence he emerged, 
Shingle Street
, a long stony beach of wild aspect famous for its Martello Tower and, either a bungled commando raid on the nearby radar installation or an attempted invasion of Suffolk by the Germans, during World War Two,
Rendlesham Forest, a dense and atmospheric place, criss-crossed with paths and cycle ways, beside an old American airbase where it is said aliens were seen in the early 1980s.

These are just a few of the places it’s possible to visit in a day, each is rewarding in its own way and provides a dynamic and broad ranging backdrop to the town of Woodbridge.

"Pagodas" on Orford Ness


House in the clouds, Thorpeness


Framlingham Castle, across the mere

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