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Awe-inspiring Anglo-Saxon royal burial site
This hauntingly beautiful 255 acre estate, with far-reaching views over the river Deben, is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time.
Walk around the ancient burial mounds and discover the incredible story of the ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and his treasured possessions.
Come face to face with your ancestors and explore our award-winning exhibition, the full-size reconstruction of the burial chamber, stunning replica treasures and original finds from one of the mounds, including a prince's sword.
Look inside the Edwardian house or enjoy the beautiful seasonal colours on our estate walks.
Whatever time of the year you come to Sutton Hoo, you’ll fi nd it a magical place. Located on a hill above the river Deben, you can understand how the Anglo-Saxon kings believed the site to be of great signifi cance and a statement of their power. This importance was not recognised until 1939, when the owner of Tranmer House, the redoubtable Mrs Pretty, decided to investigate. With the help of local archaeologist, Basil Brown, she uncovered the Sutton Hoo treasure.
Sutton Hoo today is a celebration of this amazing discovery and the history it revealed. The story is told in the award- winning exhibition and through our guided tours, guide book, family activities, costumed characters and exciting events programme. The estate is a rare example of sandling heath and home to many distinctive plants and animals. The waymarked walks explore this beautiful and historic landscape and take in many fi ne views of Woodbridge and the river Deben, views which have inspired artists such as John Constable and Thomas Churchyard. To help you enjoy your day, we have a superb restaurant serving tasty home-made dishes and a gift shop selling quality products. Alternatively, if you want to stay for longer, why don’t you consider one of our beautiful holiday cottages, located in Tranmer House. These afford stunning views over the estate and are ideal for exploring the Suffolk coasts and heaths and the attractive towns of Woodbridge, Framlingham, Aldeburgh and Southwold. We look forward to sharing the magic with you.
Look out for… The full size replica of the burial chamber In AD625 an Anglo Saxon king, probably Raedwald, was buried in a great ship along with many valuable grave goods. We have recreated this scene for you so you can appreciate its signifi cance. One of our costumed characters Ask King Raedwald about his kingdom or fi nd out what inspired Basil Brown, the Sutton Hoo archaeologist, to keep on digging. The precious items in the Feasting Exhibition Each year, museums across England loan us rare and beautiful items. The dressing up clothes in the exhibition If you are a child, try on the Anglo-Saxon Costumes and imagine being a wealthy lady or a brave king. The beautiful views of Woodbridge and the River Deben Take time to stand and appreciate the sweeping views from our estate walks.
- Dress up as an Anglo-Saxon (children only). Experience the haunting beauty of the Royal cemetery. Enjoy the beautiful estate walks and panoramic views of the river Deben.
- Treat yourself in our well stocked gift shop and second-hand bookshop. Enjoy delicious seasonal homemade food in the restaurant. Challenge yourself with a family quiz, trail or Tracker Pack.
- Find out about the fascinating Sutton Hoo story in our award-winning exhibition. See the atmospheric audio visual display in our mini cinema. Join a guided tour and learn all about the Sutton Hoo treasure. Have fun in our adventure playground.
Gift Aid - Adult £8.70, Child £4.35, Family £21.60, Group Adult N/A, Group Child N/A
Standard - Adult £7.90, Child £3.95, Family £19.50, Group Adult £6.85, Group Child £3.45
Estate walks open daily all year (except for some Thursdays, November to end February)
Visitor Centre open weekends, and daily from Feb half-term to Oct half-term. See website for daily opening times
- Café - local, seasonal food
- Gift shop
- Parking - 30 yards (pay and display when exhibition closed). Motorcycle parking area, cycle racks and free pannier lockers
- Second-hand bookshop
- Baby-changing and feeding facilities
- Children's activities including exhibition and house quizzes and estate trails
- Get dressed up as an Anglo-Saxon in the exhibition hall
- Pushchairs and baby back-carriers admitted
- Children's play area and activities
- Mobility parking - in main car park. Drop-off point
- Building - level entrance. Four wheelchairs. Ground floor accessible. Audio visual/video
- Adapted toilets - at visitor reception
- Grounds - partly accessible, slopes, uneven paths, undulating terrain. Map of accessible route. Burial ground tours not accessible for visitors in wheelchairs or PMV due to uneven and undulating ground. Two single-seater PMVs available, booking essential
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