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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sutton Hoo | Anglo-Saxon Royal Burial Site

Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge (Suffolk), is the site of one of the most noteworthy archaeological discoveries of the country. It hosts burial mounds from the Anglo-Saxon era and also has an informative exhibition where visitors can learn more about the life of Anglo-Saxons. The site is managed by National Trust and is quite popular with visitors to the area.

Sutton Hoo - Anglo-Saxon Royal Burial Site

While visiting Sutton Hoo, there are three main things you can see and do:

Visit the Royal Burial Mounds: The burial mounds at Sutton Hoo offer a fascinating insight into the world of Anglo-Saxons. There are many burial mounds within the site but the one at Mound One was the richest burial. The treasures found here are now displayed at The British Museum. Some reproductions can be seen in the exhibition hall, though. You can explore the mounds on your own or sign up for a guided tour.

Take a look at the exhibition: We were impressed with the exhibition. Although it was small, it was well presented and the volunteer guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. A short film on the Anglo-Saxon era, a wonderful recreation of King Raedwald's burial chamber, audio-visual displays and beautiful reproductions of the treasures discovered on the site - the exhibition has it all.

Sutton Hoo - Anglo-Saxon Royal Burial Site

Sutton Hoo - Anglo-Saxon Royal Burial Site

Sutton Hoo - Anglo-Saxon Royal Burial Site

Sutton Hoo - Anglo-Saxon Royal Burial Site

Sutton Hoo - Anglo-Saxon Royal Burial Site

Sutton Hoo - Anglo-Saxon Royal Burial Site

Sutton Hoo - Anglo-Saxon Royal Burial Site

Sutton Hoo - Anglo-Saxon Royal Burial Site

Sutton Hoo - Anglo-Saxon Royal Burial Site

Sutton Hoo - Anglo-Saxon Royal Burial Site

Spend some time at Tranmer House: Tranmer House was the home of Mrs Edith Pretty who instigated and paid for the archaeological dig thus being instrumental in the discovery of the burial mounds. The house overlooks the River Deben and offers views across the burial mounds. The guide at Tranmer House was lovely and explained everything very nicely. The house with its wood-panelled interiors (Burmese Teak Wood), marble fireplace and artefacts dating back to the 1930s transports you back in time. Everything was so real and beautifully presented that I felt Mrs Edith Pretty would walk into the house at any moment.

Sutton Hoo - Tranmer House - Mrs Edith Prettys House

Sutton Hoo - Tranmer House - Mrs Edith Prettys House

Sutton Hoo - Tranmer House - Mrs Edith Prettys House

Sutton Hoo - Tranmer House - Mrs Edith Prettys House

Sutton Hoo - Tranmer House - Mrs Edith Prettys House

Sutton Hoo - Tranmer House - Mrs Edith Prettys House

Sutton Hoo - Tranmer House - Mrs Edith Prettys House

Sutton Hoo - Tranmer House - Mrs Edith Prettys House

Sutton Hoo - Tranmer House - Mrs Edith Prettys House


Overall, Sutton Hoo is a great place for people who love history. Actually, it is well worth a visit regardless of your interest in history and regardless of your age. A good exhibition, lovely walk amongst the ancient burial mounds, Tranmer House, welcoming and knowledgeable guides and staff - all of this makes Sutton Hoo a very interesting attraction.

For information on opening times, ticket prices and on-site facilities, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk



Our visit to Sutton Hoo was courtesy of National Trust. All views are however our own.

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47 comments :

  1. Such delicate details on the head masks thank you for sharing :) x

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  2. I would love to visit! I loved learning about the Anglo Saxons at school when I was little and my two sons are now learning about them too at school!

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  3. Ohh this looks amazing
    Will have to see this soon

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  4. This is somewhere my husband has always longed to visit, and having seen your amazing photos I can see why - I'd love to go there too now.

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  5. This is somewhere I've wanted to visit for a while, so many beautiful and interesting things to see

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  6. Great review I love visiting historical places and learning all about the past

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  7. This looks a wonderful place to visit, hadnt heard of it before now, so will have to give it a visit, thank you

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  8. I have seen pictures of the Sutton Hoo treasure, I think I must go to see it in person

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  9. Sounds great place to visit, hubby would be in his element

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  10. Really amazing photos, I'd never heard of this place before. Very interesting!

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  11. I love to see all these fascinating objects which give us a window into the past. Wonderful pictures and post!

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  12. My son would absolutely love to visit....he'd be wanting a replica mask

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  13. This would be such a great place to visit with the family.

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  14. These photos are fantastic! Makes me feel like I am there. Would love to visit if I lived closer.

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  15. We are visiting Suffolk this year so I think we will visit Sutton Hoo

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  16. Looks like a very interesting day out, I would love to visit this.

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  17. Just fabulous Looks a great day out

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  18. Great review, thanks for sharing, this is definitely on my to-visit list now

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  19. Very nice and amazing photos, I'd never heard of this place before

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  20. Fantastic look at History my husband would enjoy a visit. Brilliant photos!

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  21. Fabulous place. Makes me want to get a metal detector and find some treasure of my own!

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  22. Seeing these things makes me wish I could travel in time

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  23. This looks so fascinating - my son would thoroughly enjoy this

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  24. If I am ever in that area, I will take a look, thanks!

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  25. It's an incredible place to visit. It really makes you wonder what other treasures of British history still lay under our feet.

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  26. I love historcal sites & the insight they give us to our ancestors. I'd like to visit Sutton Hoo although it is quite a trip from where I live.

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  27. christine shelley26 April 2017 at 04:21

    Wow somewhere new to vist , looks a brilliant exhibition

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  28. That looks absolutely amazing. I love history and would love to visit it must be fascinating.

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  29. Fab blog - what an interesting place to visit with the family.

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  30. Always interested in seeing new places to visit in the U.K. This has just been added to our list of must sees.

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  31. This looks amazing. I think hubby and I must plan a visit in our campervan in the near future.:)

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  32. This looks fantastic, I would love to visit here

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  33. this looks like a great place to take my husband and daughter

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  34. I used to have a fascination with old artefacts when I was a child. I used to love visiting museums and places of historic interest. It sort of died off a little as I got older

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  35. wow i would love to visit there,and your photos are amazing

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  36. This looks a wonderful place to visit.

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  37. first went there on a school trip, will be going back in the summer

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  38. Had not heard of this place before and would enjoy visiting with my family

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  39. Sounds like you had an amazing time and looks like a great place to visit. Thank you for such a detailed blog and wonderful photos.

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  40. This sounds fascinating. My husband loves anything to do with history or archeology so this would be a perfect place for us to visit the next time we are in the area.

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  41. I've been meaning to visit for ages, I really must get around to it.

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  42. My friend would love this place, he's really into British History, I must recommend it to him

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  43. Fab, looks like an interesting place to visit

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  44. incredibly detailed and artistic work on these items - great article promoting this

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  45. This looks like a great place to visit my daughters would enjoy this

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  46. some great artifacts i'd love to visit one day x

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  47. I love cultural days out. Looks really goid. Would mind going soin

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