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. Explore the 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.
There is something for all ages at Sutton Hoo, explore the estate with a seasonal trail, take a tour around the burial mounds with one of our family friendly guides, make your own Sutton Hoo helmet or shield with ‘Get Crafty’ and dress up as an Anglo-Saxon in our award winning exhibition hall.
Sutton Hoo, the site of one of the greatest archaeological finds in Britain, is filled with adventures and fun for the whole family. With several different exhibits, hiking trails and activity centers, a day at Sutton Hoo provides opportunities for everyone to explore and learn in their own way.
Whole families can go on an adventure through the burial grounds with a tracker pack available at the visitors’ center and learn about the 18 burial mounds within the royal cemetery. Mound 1 and Mound 17 were the only ones still intact at the time of discovery. Mound 1 treasures are located in the British Museum, but the treasures from Mound 17 can be viewed in the Exhibition Hall.
Tranmer House, or Mrs. Pretty’s House as it is known, offers hands-on activities recreated in a 1930s’ environment. Play games, read magazines, and relax in the lounge all in authentic era style. On the third weekend of each month, re-enactors portray Mrs. Pretty and her friends at the house.
The Exhibition Hall contains exhibits and activities for everyone. Make a replica paper hat in the craft area, learn about the boat that vanished leaving behind its imprint in the sand, or listen to one of many talks on various subjects about the site. Once a month, the treasures are taken out of the cases for a hands-on look in an event called Out of the Case.
Whatever you decide to do with your day at Sutton Hoo, make it an adventure to enjoy and remember.
Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo
by train Melton station is 1 1/4 miles away or Woodbridge is 3 miles away.
by car Take the A12 east of Ipswich to B1083 Melton to Bawdsey
on foot or bike Follow signs from Melton train station
Sutton Hoo is open daily from 10:30 – 17:00 through the end of October. Beginning 2 Nov 2015, it will be open weekends from 11:00 – 16:00. It is closed the entire week of Christmas but will be open Monday, 28 Dec 2015 through 31 Dec 2015 from 11:00 – 16:00. Check the website for 2016 times.
Estate Walks are open every day from 9:00 – 18:00 except for some Thursdays between November and February.
Sutton Hoo Events for 2015
18 Oct – 4.00 to 6.30 pm Myth, Magic & Music
24, 28, 31 Oct Night at the Museum (booking essential)
24 Oct to 1 Nov – 10.30am to 5.00pm Half Term Holiday Fun
14, 15 Nov – 10.30am to 4.30pm Christmas Fayre
19, 20 Dec – 2.30 to 4.00pm Winter Solstice Talk & Sunset Walk (booking essential)
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