The Tide Mill is considered by many to be the symbol of Woodbridge and the River Deben. Certainly, a visit to Woodbridge is not complete without a visit to the Tide Mill, preferably while it is open.
Woodbridge Tide Mill may be one of the earliest Tide Mills in the UK – a mill was first recorded on this site in 1170, operated by the Augustinian Canons. In 1536, it passed to King Henry VIII. In 1564, Queen Elizabeth I granted the mill to Thomas Seckford.
The wheel last turned in 1957, when the 22 inch square oak main shaft broke. Woodbridge Tide Mill has been a source of inspiration for thousands of artists and photographers. The present building dates from 1793. The Mill was purchased by Mrs. R. T. Gardiner in 1968, restored, and finally opened to the public in 1975. The Mill was fully restored in 1982, and continues to be maintained.