The Tide Mill welcomes group visits and hosts a number of them every year.

Normally an arrangement is made in advance and Guides are bought in to make sure that numbers can be accommodated. Groups are typically around 40-50 and they are broken into smaller groups of 10-12 people each with a Guide. As the Mill is a confined space split over three floors these smaller groups can start at different stages in the Tide Mill Story so that visitors may move freely. By making an arrangement in advance we can make sure your group gets the best of the Mill and Woodbridge. Advice can be given about parking, eating in the Town and other local attractions to help you time your stay.

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We are open all year round for school outreach and visits to the Mill.

The Tide Mill provides unique opportunities for learning in a range of subjects and for cross-curricular work at all levels.

We would like to thank three local schools for piloting some of our educational offers; Kyson, St Marys and Woodbridge Primary School. Throughout two terms in 2012 we developed lesson plans, resource lists, learning objectives and links with the curriculum to provide valuable opportunities. Planning was developed with teaching staff to best suit interests and timetables, which is a practice we aim to continue with all schools and groups.

We are very keen to work with all ages and from various educational settings. We can also provide lots of outreach opportunities, for pre and post visit experiences and enhanced learning. These range from history to engineering design and model making to baking. We were awarded ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ accreditation which recognises and confirms that the Tide Mill is a safe and valuable place to learn. Visits to Mill: £2 per pupil/student and accompanying adults free. Free entrance for a teacher’s planning visit is available on request.

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Projects and Themes Developed in 2016

We continue to offer educational visits and have added in even more themes. These will now include Water and Rivers and bespoke history topics (WW1 and the Tudors) and Art. Deben Decorative and Fine Art Society have also given the Mill funding to develop an art pack.

Grain to mouth Within the programme ‘Grain to mouth’ we can work with KS1-KS3, identifying different grains, milling using an electric mill or stone querns, local breads, traditional bread, analysis of breads – testing and tasting, Harvest traditions and baking. We are also able to offer advice, support, outreach and visits which focus on ‘growing-milling-baking-eating’.

Performance at the Tide Mill: The Tide Mill, Woodbridge Museum and Ancestral-Voices can offer linked visits which would give schools the opportunity to research and gather information from various historical sources. The Tide Mill becoming a backdrop for pupils to perform or watch a performance.

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The Tide Mill Is Now a Children’s University Learning Destination!

As well as organised group visits from schools, we are now able to add hours to individual children visiting with CU Passports.

A visit to the Tide Mill is a ‘general visit’, earns an hour in your passport, and you’ll learn about tidal power, the food chain, engineering, sustainability and diversity,geography, the natural world, and social history!


Tickets can be purchased at the Tide Mill.

Adult (16yrs+) £5.00
Child (5-15yrs)  £2.00
Family (of four)* £12.00

*Family ticket – two Adults & two Children

11:00 – 17:00 – Suggested last entry 16:30

30th March – 1st October Open seven days a week

October – School half term week and weekends only
November – March – Closed

Guided tours of the Mill for groups by arrangement throughout the year (light refreshments can be available by arrangement). Illustrated talks at your own venue also by arrangement

Woodbridge stands on the A12, the road that links London and Lowestoft and on the rail that links Ipswich with Lowestoft. From either direction follow signs to Woodbridge and take any entrance into the town. The Tide Mill is by the river and accessible from several car parks.

There is no parking by the Tide Mill itself, however there are many nearby pay and display car parks.

Theatre Street – IP12 4NE – long stay Pay & Display

Oak Lane – IP12 1AA – short stay Pay & Display

Station Road – IP12 4AU – long stay Pay & Display

The Station – IP12 4AU – long stay Pay & Display

Hamblin Road – IP12 1BG – short stay Pay & Display

Lime Kiln Quay – IP12 1AZ – long stay Pay & Display

The Avenue – IP12 4BA – long stay Pay & Display

Turning & Milling Times