Woodbridge Tide Mill
Situated on a busy quayside, this unique and beautiful building looks over towards the historic site of Sutton Hoo Ship Burial. There has been a Tide Mill on this site since 1170. The present building dates from 1793 and contains fully restored machinery from that date and was the last commercially working tide mill in the UK. Working models, information boards, audio and visual stations describe the history, the people and explain how it works. Games and puzzles to entertain the young children. Something for all the family. Special milling days demonstrate the milling process and flour produced is on sale. The machinery is operated using tidal power whenever the tides permit.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking nearby
- Only ground floor & outside waterwheel viewing area accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Etr-end Sep, daily from 11 (last entry 4.30). For up to date times please check website
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About the area
Suffolk is Constable country, where the county’s crumbling, time-ravaged coastline spreads itself under wide skies to convey a wonderful sense of remoteness and solitude. Highly evocative and atmospheric, this is where rivers wind lazily to the sea and notorious 18th-century smugglers hid from the excise men. John Constable immortalised these expansive flatlands in his paintings in the 18th century, and his artwork raises the region’s profile to this day.
Walking is one of Suffolk’s most popular recreational activities. It may be flat but the county has much to discover on foot – not least the isolated Heritage Coast, which can be accessed via the Suffolk Coast Path. Southwold, with its distinctive, white-walled lighthouse standing sentinel above the town and its colourful beach huts and attractive pier features on many a promotional brochure. Much of Suffolk’s coastal heathland is protected as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and shelters several rare creatures including the adder, the heath butterfly and the nightjar. In addition to walking, there is a good choice of cycling routes but for something less demanding, visit some of Suffolk’s charming old towns, with streets of handsome, period buildings and picturesque, timber-framed houses.
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