Woodbridge & Orford Area Guide
The area of Woodbridge and Orford is an area of natural beauty and wildlife, fascinating history, and delicious local culinary treats. Here are a few facts about local destinations.
Located on the banks of the River Deben, the market town of Woodbridge is brimming with interesting shops and galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants, and things to do. The town boasts some fabulous architecture including 16th Century Shire Hall and 15th Century St Margaret's Church. The train station is just a 1½ hour journey from Central London making Woodbridge the perfect destination for a weekend break of R&R away from city life.
Just 11 miles from the town of Woodbridge, Orford was chosen by Henry II in 1165 as the site to build a new castle and what is left today is one of England’s most ‘complete and unusual’ keeps, owned by English Heritage. In the village there are some utterly fabulous foodie treats - a trip to Pump Street Bakery is a must. Down at the Quay, you can take a boat trip to Orford Ness, the longest shingle spit in Europe to discover the wildelife and fascinating history.
Perhaps the cultural capital of Suffolk, home to Snape Malting Concert Hall and the Britten Pears Music Academy, this village is perhaps one of Suffolk's best known. From here you can enjoy a riverside and marshland walk to the popular coastal town of Aldeburgh.
The village of Bawsdey was originally an ‘Estate village’ for the workers of the Quilter Family of the nearby and very impressive Bawdsey Manor, which was built in 1886. The Quilter family resided here until 1936 when the manor became a VERY significant RAF base - RAF Bawdsey was the very first operational radar station in the world.
If you were an X Files fan, you’ll be fascinated by the supernatural goings on at Rendlesham Forest that occurred in December 1980. The series of UFO sightings that occured here is one of the best known and most documented incidents in the UK.