Autumn at Sutton Hoo

Path through the trees at Sutton Hoo

As the colour of the landscape turns from green to gold it’s the ideal time to head out and make the most of those beautiful crisp days before the nights draw in and the days get colder. Take in the beauty of autumn colour across the Sutton Hoo estate with woodland walks and fun for all the family.


Crisp autumn days with blue skies and golden leaves are always magical. With the cooler air it’s the perfect time to strap on those walking boots and venture out into the valleys. There’s a choice of walking routes. You can admire the changing of the seasons and the crisp piles of autumn leaves on the River View walk or, follow in the footsteps of Anglo-Saxon royalty on the Valley Walk.

Our top three walks

Whichever route you take, make sure to call in at the Royal Burial Ground. When the autumn mist descends, interspersed by sharp rays of low sunlight, the atmosphere is truly magical. Is that early morning mist or is it the last breath of the dragon defeated by Beowulf?

The misty mounds at Sutton Hoo
Sutton Hoo burial mounds in the mist
The misty mounds at Sutton Hoo

As the days get shorter time spent together as a family becomes even more precious. Whether it’s jumping on a pile of crispy leaves or splashing through puddles there’s fun for all the family at Sutton Hoo this autumn. There’s plenty of outdoor space for little ones to let off some steam. For families exploring together we also have a range of trails to help discover the history of Sutton Hoo and the Anglo-Saxons, and to give you the chance to explore the nature of this special landscape. 

The colours of autumn always make for an ideal photo opportunity. From misty mounds to the skeletal ship sculpture there is something for photographers for all ages and abilities. You may strike lucky with some low sun and long shadows. However, dark and moody skies can add to the sense of mystery and magic at the Royal Burial Ground. Don’t forget to share your photos with us!