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
Sutton Hoo burial mounds in the mist
The misty mounds

If the chill in the air becomes too much then head to the High Hall exhibition or Tranmer House (both open Saturday – Wednesday, closed on Thursdays and Fridays) to warm up with some history. In Tranmer House you will discover the stories behind the archaeological investigations, and the people, which led to the discovery of the Great Ship Burial. In the High Hall exhibition delve further into the world of the Anglo-Saxons and discover what life was like 1500 years ago and admire the craftsmanship displayed in our replica objects of items discovered in the Great Ship Burial. You will also encounter original objects from the burial of a young warrior and his horse, unearthed at the Royal Burial Ground in the 1990s.

After exploring all of that, you will probably find yourself in need of a cuppa and a slice of cake. King’s River Café (next to the ship sculpture in the courtyard) is open every day from 10.00am to 4.00pm serving a takeaway range of hot and cold drinks and snacks. Our gift shop is also open from Saturday – Wednesday (closed on Thursdays and Fridays) selling a range of exclusive Sutton Hoo inspired products so you can take a piece of history home with you as a memento of your visit.

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. 

For family adventurers

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!