Family fun at Sutton Hoo

Visitors walking through woodland on the estate at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

With its tales of medieval kings, mysterious mounds and buried treasure, Sutton Hoo is the perfect place to keep your family enthralled for hours.

Take a Gruesome Tour

For young visitors who like things that make you go ‘eeuuuggh’, our Gruesome Graves tours are the perfect way to soak up some of Sutton Hoo’s horrible history. You’ll explore a selection of the more grisly medieval burials discovered here and learn about the less pleasant aspects of life as a young Anglo-Saxon. Check here for details of upcoming tours.

Become a top tracker

Armed with binoculars, a magnifying sheet, crayons and bucket loads of inspiration, head out  with one of our Tracker Packs, engage all of your senses and get curious. You’ll create your own story of this special place as you seek out textures, tokens, clues and views. Drop into reception with your discoveries and receive a reward for your efforts.

Unleash your inner artist

If you’re feeling creative, why not borrow one of our watercolour kits? Take a stroll, brush held aloft, and use Sutton Hoo’s stories to inspire you. Whether you are captivated by the treasure, the landscape and its wildlife, our famous characters or the architecture, there is a muse for every masterpiece. We’d love to see your finished creations!

Seasonal trails

Throughout history, life at Sutton Hoo has been ever changing, and that’s no different today.  As the year passes, our beautiful landscape offers up new experiences to enjoy, from plants and wildlife to walks and views. Our seasonal trails bring the very best of Sutton Hoo alive for your family, whatever the time of year. Pop in to see our Visitor Welcome Team on arrival, and they will happily show you what's available on the day of your visit.

Holiday fun

Keep an eye out for our special programmes of family activities during school holidays. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing stroll or a lively day of fun and adventure, we’ll be sure to offer a great day out for everyone. 

Relax as a family

Whatever you like to do to relax, we’ve got the perfect spot for your family.  Little ones that need to run off a bit of steam can enjoy Sutton Hoo’s green spaces whilst you take a nearby seat on one of our picnic benches.

For those looking to lounge, grab a picnic blanket and head to your favourite place to soak up the sun or a great view - or why not use them to snuggle up on colder days?

And the adventure can still continue even if little legs get tired, as our buildings are all pushchair and buggy friendly.

A playground for adventure

Found near the car park, our children’s play area is full of physical fun for your little ones to enjoy. From zip wires to swings, there is something new to explore around every corner - and with a bit of imagination, you can embrace your inner adventurer and set sail to lands afar in our miniature Anglo-Saxon ship.

Feeding your brood

If all the excitement has made you peckish, on high days and holidays, you can stop at our Shepherd’s Hut café, found right next to the children’s play area. The Keepers’ café, located next to Tranmer House, is also great for a quick cuppa and a treat. 

In need of something more substantial? The King’s Café close to reception offers a children’s menu as well as high chairs, and our friendly team will happily heat up baby food and milk for our more petite patrons.

How was your day?

We’d love to hear about your experience at Sutton Hoo, so why not tell us about your visit by completing a visitor survey or comment card before you head home?