Discover the awe-inspiring Anglo-Saxon 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.
Once a thriving hub in the time of Anglo-Saxon warrior kings, for some 1,300 years Sutton Hoo faded from memory. Then a curious landowner and a self-taught archaeologist restored it to international fame with a discovery that changed history.
On a ridge overlooking the River Deben are the traces of a once magnificent Anglo-Saxon cemetery. Here, the powerful aristocracy of East Anglia buried their dead in great mounds during the sixth and seventh centuries. In 1939 on the eve of the Second World War, archaeologists made a remarkable discovery at Sutton Hoo as they opened the largest burial mound and found an undisturbed Anglo-Saxon ship burial (one of only three known Anglo-Saxon ship burials).
A total of 263 finds from this burial revolutionised our understanding of the first chapters of English history including the now iconic Sutton Hoo helmet, the face of the Anglo-Saxon period. A time that had been seen as unsophisticated, was illuminated as vibrant and cultural.
Step into the High Hall exhibition to discover more about the world of the Anglo-Saxons and the incredible objects unearthed at Sutton Hoo. Explore Tranmer House, the former home of Edith Pretty, to discover more about her fascinating life and the archaeological work that has taken place at Sutton Hoo. Enjoy panoramic views across the Royal Burial Ground from the 17-metre viewing tower.
As well as being home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time, Sutton Hoo is also home to a rich variety of wildlife. With beautiful countryside, woodland, open fields and views overlooking the River Deben there are plenty of walks to explore across the Sutton Hoo estate.
Please check the website for the latest information on what is open and when under current government guidance.
– Estate walks (weekdays except 19 – 27 February)
Gift Aid / Standard
Per vehicle N/A / £6.00
– Whole site (weekends and 19 – 27 February)
Gift Aid / Standard
Adult / £15.40 / £14.00
Child / £7.70 / £7.00
Family / £38.50 / £35.00
1 adult, 2 children / £23.10 / £21.00
The estate walks are open every day with a car park machine in operation. Members can scan their membership cards for free parking. If you are not a National Trust member PayByPhone will be in operation.
The High Hall exhibition, Tranmer House, shop, cafe and second-hand bookshop are open at weekends only, and during half term from 19 – 27 February, until Saturday 26 March.
Opening times vary – please check the website for full details of what is open and when.
- Accessible Toilets
- Baby Changing
- Accepts Groups
- Accepts Credit Cards
- Cafe on site