Suffolk Punch Heavy Horse Museum

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The Suffolk Punch Heavy Horse Museum is an exhibition devoted to the Suffolk Horse, more usually known as the Suffolk Punch breed of heavy working horse. The Museum displays the history of the breed and its Society, the work of the blacksmith and the harness maker, the world of shows and showing, the work the horses did and the life of the horsemen. The Society's remarkable collection of paintings are on show, plus a large number of exceptional and early photographs. The museum is situated in an impressive Elizabethan building in the middle of Woodbridge, and is a fitting tribute to a breed of horse which touched on the lives of everyone living in the County of Suffolk before the days of the internal combustion engine.

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Opening hours

Open 2pm-5pm Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday and Autumn Bank Holiday Monday from Easter week until end of September.

Private parties welcome by arrangement.

Admission charges

Adults £2.00
Concessionary: £1.50

Additional info

Members of the museum committee will travel to give talks on the Suffolk Punch Horse. Please contact the administrative secretary.

ACCESSIBILITY: The Museum is situated at the top of a flight of steps.

The Suffolk Horse Society was founded in 1877 and the museum was opened in 1994 to display a comprehensive record of this County breed of cart horse. The display and archive includes items from the late 18th C up to the present day, which are either owned by the Society or on long-term loan.

Collection details

Agriculture, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Suffolk Horse Society published Volume 1 of the Stud Book in 1880 which was illustrated by Ipswich artist John Duvall. His original sketches are exhibited in the museum, perfectly depicting the conformation of the Suffolk Punch in the 19th Century when it was regarded as the most perfect animal bred for agricultural purposes.
  • A painting of a Suffolk Mare and Foal, by Dame Laura Knight who was a personal friend of Alfred Munnings, is on long-term loan to the museum.

Suffolk Punch Heavy Horse Museum
The Market Hill
IP12 4LU




Suffolk Horse Society - Administrative Secretary

01394 380643


01394 610058

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