Hoo's waking up...

Sutton Hoo burial mound and tree at sunrise

Sutton Hoo has been through an incredible transformation, thanks to a £4 million investment that was made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and our members, supporters and donors.

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What have we been up to?

Thanks to an investment of £4million, we’ve been bringing to life some ambitious plans to help us release the story of Sutton Hoo and it's time for you to take a closer look!

This is the biggest investment the National Trust has ever made in Sutton Hoo and it’s all been made possible thanks to a £1.8million grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the generosity of National Trust members and supporters through donations and fundraising.

When you visit us, we want to help you discover more about this very special place and to unlock the stories of the people in its past – from the Anglo-Saxons who buried their king here, to Edith Pretty who first instigated an archaeological dig of the mysterious mounds and those who have continued to unearth Sutton Hoo’s secrets over the years.

Getting ready to welcome you

Because there are so many different elements to the new Sutton Hoo experience, we’ve been gradually revealing them in stages.

Planning your visit

Be amongst the first to experience the new Tranmer House and High Hall exhibitions and installations as we opened the doors on them for the first time in summer 2019. 

Tranmer House, the former home of Edith Pretty, has been transformed with a new exhibition exploring the people and stories behind the Sutton Hoo discovery and landscape.

In the Exhibition Hall, renamed the High Hall, we’re sharing much more about the lives of the Anglo-Saxons and just how Sutton Hoo came to be such a significant place in English history.

There are new installations to discover, our popular guided tours to join and activities to take part in.

Take the chance to head out on our River View walking trail, which opened for the first time in spring 2019. With stunning views across the river Deben towards Woodbridge, this new walk will be your chance to indulge in some peaceful exploration, finding your new favourite view.

You'll also see our specially commissioned new sculpture representing the Anglo-Saxon ship buried here. At 27m long, it matches the size of the original ship and now sits in the courtyard, waiting to greet you as you arrive.

There will of course also be opportunities to hear more about the project work and meet our team of staff and volunteers who have been working hard to bring the new Sutton Hoo vision to life.

If all that sounds like you might need to take a breather, our new-look King's River Café is open, serving delicious meals, treats to eat and a much-needed cuppa, not to mention incredible views of the new ship sculpture. Or pay a visit to our brand new Keepers' Café next door to Tranmer House for quick bite and drinks to keep you going (opening times vary). You'll also be able to have a browse in the new Sutton Hoo shop and discover a range of specially sourced goodies - from mementos of your day out and a collection of fascinating books to something for your inner foodie! 

Discover peaceful woodland on River View Walk
River View Walk at Sutton Hoo
Discover peaceful woodland on River View Walk

What’s coming next?

The final piece of the puzzle will be the completion of a 17metre observation tower, which will give views over the entire Royal Burial Ground and to the River Deben beyond, revealing the fascinating story of this evocative landscape.

It was from the River Deben that an Anglo-Saxon ship was hauled up the valley before it formed the burial found in Mound One, where the famous treasure was discovered.

Whether you can’t wait to see Sutton Hoo again or you’re keen to experience everything we’ve been doing once it’s all complete, we’re looking forward to welcoming you once again. 

Releasing the story of Sutton Hoo
The Sutton Hoo helmet sculpture
Releasing the story of Sutton Hoo