Visitors with an interest in archaeology, history and the arts will discover that Woodbridge has much to offer. On the opposite bank of the River Deben is the Anglo-Saxon site at Sutton Hoo, “One of Britain’s most important and atmospheric archaeological sites”. This is where the burial of Kings was discovered in a large upturned boat and marks the grave of Redwald, the Wuffinga king who ruled Anglia and was buried in his ship in 615 A.D
A visit to the site, now managed by the National Trust, reminds many people of the legend of Beowulf. Continuing the literary theme, Woodbridge is perhaps best known as the Home of Edward Fitzgerald (1809-1883), translator of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Fitzgerald was a firm friend of Alfred Lord Tennyson, the Victorian Poet Laureate, who was a frequent visitor to the Bull Hotel. Today the internationally renowned Aldeburgh Festival, founded by Benjamin Brittenn, caters for those with an interest in the arts.
The near perfect acoustic of the Maltings concert hall in the village of Snape, just five miles from Woodbridge, provides a unique setting for both the musical component of the Aldeburgh Festival and also for musical performances throughout the year.
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