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Ghost Ship of Sutton Hoo

One of the greatest stories of Sutton Hoo is the disappearance of the Sutton Hoo ship.

One thousand four hundred years ago, a 90 ft long ship was dragged up the valley to Sutton Hoo, and a king was buried inside, surrounded by his greatest treasures.

Over the following centuries, the acid in the soil dissolved the great oak timbers, so that all that could be discovered was a ship-shaped shell of sand.

'Ghost Ship of Sutton Hoo' tells the tale of the Mound One ship, from the details of its construction, through its life at sea, its burial, its journeys in the next world,  the rediscovery by Basil Brown in 1939, to its possible future rebirth...

This exhibition is now open, and runs until Sunday 7 February 2016, normal site admission applies.

Out of the Case


Keep an eye on our events page for opportunities to get close up and personal with our hand-crafted replica treasures. 

Out of the Case takes place once a month.

Fascinating facts

  • 37 - the number of gold coins found within the ship burial
  • 1507 - the number of miles the Byzantine bowl travelled
  • 30.5 - the height in metres from the river Deben to the ship burial
  • 625 - the year in which it is believed King Raedwald died
  • 18 - the total number of mounds originally present at Sutton Hoo
  • 3 - number of Anglo-Saxon ship burials discovered in the UK to date

Want to know more?

Short 15 minute talks on a range of fascinating topics are held in the exhibition hall by the Sutton Hoo Society guides. Timings and topics vary. Information displayed outside the exhibition hall.

Hidden Hoo reveals a new chapter at Sutton Hoo © Matt Keal

Hidden Hoo reveals a new chapter at Sutton Hoo

Hidden Hoo

In the year 2000, archaeologists were excavating a corner of the Sutton Hoo estate in preparation for the construction of the exhibition hall and visitor services buildings and discovered graves that pre-date the famous mounds.

You can explore the burial area in detail with the 'Garden Grave' Trail, ask at visitor reception for details.