Family fun at Sutton Hoo

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

Explore the site your way. We can give you our recommendations as to where to start, but this is your adventure and we want you to enjoy it just how you want to.

Family fun

  • Meet the King lying in state surrounded by his treasure
  • Dress up as an Anglo-Saxon
  • Explore Mrs Pretty's house
  • Have an adventure with our tracker packs
  • Explore the site with our seasonal activity trails
  • Go wild on our adventure playground and zip wire!

Whatever and whichever way you choose to spend your time here, rest assured that members of the Sutton Hoo team will be on hand to answer any questions or queries you might have.

Dress Up

Become an Anglo-Saxon yourself with our selection of dressing up clothes available in our Exhibition Hall. Try on the Sutton Hoo helmet, take up your sword and become an Anglo-Saxon warrior!

Gruesome Grave Burial Tours

Take a unique and enchanting tour of the royal Anglo-Saxon burial grounds with one of our 'Gruesome Grave' guides. These exclusive family friendly tours take place during every holiday and are completely free (just remember to bring an adult or two along). Dates and times can vary so it's best to call ahead to check and arrive early to avoid disappointment: 01394 389714

Tracker Packs

Peggy Piggott’s discovery bag

Peggy Piggott was an expert archaeologist brought in to specially excavate the burial chamber at Sutton Hoo in 1939. Put on your day glow jacket and transform into an archaeologist as you enjoy the activities within.

Just ask at our visitor reception to pick yours up.

Watercolour Kits

Unleash your inner artist with one of our watercolour kits. Use this beautiful place to inspire you - whatever it might be; the treasure, the landscape, the architecture... - and create your own masterpiece. We would love to see the finished creations! 

Just ask at our visitor reception to pick yours up.

Seasonal family trails

To help you explore and learn about our site further we have regular seasonal trials for all the family to follow and enjoy.

Queen of the Wuffings Treasure Trail

Help the Queen gather the items from all around the Sutton Hoo estate to put into King Rædwald’s burial chamber.

Archaeologists discovered many different items in the Sutton Hoo ship's burial chamber, including gold, silver and precious gems; they also discovered some more unusual items. Follow the trail to and out what tiny creature was found in the pillow of the burial chamber.

Pick up the trail from our visitor reception.

Family friendly

  • Visitor Reception opens at 10:30am until 5:00pm (11 - 4pm in Winter)
  • Cafe serves hot food from 12pm until 2:30pm
  • Children’s menu available
  • Family friendly high chairs
  • Facilities to heat up baby food and milk
  • Picnic benches (near parking)
  • Activity area in Café
  • Random Rugs available for picnics in the summer and to snuggle into in winter
  • Programme of regular holiday activities
  • Colouring in activities in visitor reception
  • Pushchair and buggy friendly buildings (all on one level)
  • Toilet facilities in every building
  • Play area (near parking)
  • Baby changing facilities in all toilets
  • Nappy dispenser in toilet foyer
  • Lots of flat green space for natural play

 

How was your day?

We'd really love to hear about your day with us at Sutton Hoo, so why not tell us about your visit by completing a visitor survey or comment card whilst you're onsite.

Bug hunting - one of the 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4

50 Summer-y Things To Do at Sutton Hoo 

The summer holidays are a fantastic time to tick off loads of the 50 Things activities on a visit to Sutton Hoo.