Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge
owned by the National Trust
offers a great day out for all the family with attractions to interest everyone
Sutton Hoo National Trust
A great family day out with an abundance of things to see and do
A fascinating day out and attraction The Anglo-Saxon site at Sutton Hoo (near Woodbridge), referred to as ‘Page one of English history’, provides a fascinating day out and is amongst Suffolk’s best visitor attractions.
An important archaeological site Situated on the banks of the River Deben, facing Woodbridge, Sutton Hoo is one of England’s most important archaeological sites. In 1939, landowner Edith Pretty sponsored excavations revealing a royal Anglo-Saxon ship-burial, where fabulous treasures lay within. It is thought to be the grave of Raedwald, warrior King of the Angles and Overlord of England who died circa 625AD.
A National Trust site Sutton Hoo changed perceptions of the Saxon period, revealing a society rich in creativity, culture and craftsmanship. The site is now owned by The National Trust and is a must-see attraction in the Woodbridge area.
Things to Do The Exhibition tells the story of Anglo-Saxon East Anglia and has a full-size reconstruction of the burial chamber.
Other attractions and family entertainment include a free quiz and children’s puzzles, restaurant, shop, children’s play area, picnic area and guided tours of the burial mounds. Trails through woodland and heath reveal views over the River Deben towards Woodbridge.
A New Exhibition Anglo-Saxon craftsmanship is celebrated throughout 2007 with a new exhibition featuring the original seventh-century purse-lid (exhibition open until 28 October 2007).
Programme of Events There is a full programme of events including the action-packed living history weekend Sutton Hoo Through the Ages; From the Twilight of the Roman Empire to the Norman Conquest (14 & 15 July).
Other events range from open-air theatre, children’s activities, bird walks, Fungi Forays to presentations on Anglo-Saxon subjects by Time Team historian, Sam Newton.
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