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Woodbridge Museum


Chronological displays trace the evolution of Woodbridge from an Anglo Saxon settlement, to a medieval market town, port and ship building centre and then a garrison town during the Napoleonic wars. By 1801 the town was the fourth largest in Suffolk but the arrival of the railway in 1859 took away much of the maritime trade. The town expanded in the 1960's when it became the perfect place to live for people whose employers were relocating from London to the Ipswich area but its medieval heart remains intact.

Don't Miss: Thomas Seckford, the Tudor lawyer who was the father of British cartography, and Edward FitzGerald, the translator of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

Opening Times

Closed until further notice because of coronavirus outbreak. Normal opening times are shown below.

During 2020, every day from 3rd April to the last Sunday in October,
10:30 to 16:30

Friday, Saturday & Sunday during the winter months,
11:00 to 15:00




Disabled Access: The museum is fully accessible for wheelchair users.

Parking: The nearest car park is at the station, 5 minutes walk away.


The museum shop has a wide range of souvenirs, books and postcards reflecting the local area. There are also a large number of pamphlets on the history of the town and its inhabitants.

Room Hire

The main room on the 1st floor of the museum (see photo) can be hired for meetings or small gatherings of no more than 40 people. The charge is £10 per hour, with a minimum fee of £20. For further information and availability the contact details are given below.

Friends of Woodbridge Museum

Friends AGM and talk has been postponed until further notice. The Friends of Woodbridge Museum has its own website. Click here to view this site

Contact Details

Woodbridge Museum, Heritage Building, Whisstock's Place, Tide Mill Way, Woodbridge, IP12 1FP

Tel: 01394 380502 Email: [email protected] For room hire: Louise Crich on 01394 388699
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Museum closed until further notice due to coronavirus outbreak.

Friends AGM and talk has been postponed until further notice.


POSTPONED until further notice due to coronavirus outbreak.

Thomas Churchyard, 1798 - 1865, was an outstanding Woodbridge artist, and this is a major exhibition of his work. There will be over 90 of his pictures on display with many of his best works. Woodbridge Museum makes a fitting location for them as it is sited near the locations where many were painted.

Churchyard was born in 1798 at Melton, near Woodbridge. His father was the village butcher but Thomas, the only son, was destined to enter the professional classes as a lawyer after being articled to a Halesworth legal firm. Today Churchyard is best known as a painter, with works in National Museums. Collectors and enthusiasts appreciate his skill and fluency in oil and watercolour. It is intended to have talks and study sessions on the paintings

Local collectors/curators will be available for interview by appointment.