Visiting Sutton Hoo: What you need to know

Sutton Hoo landscape and blue sky

Whether you're a regular visitor or it's your first time, we can't wait to welcome you to Sutton Hoo. Take a look at our handy guide on what you need to know to help plan your day, including how to book tickets if you are visiting from 2 April.


Booking your visit

Please pre-book your tickets to guarantee entry. By using a booking system we’re able to manage the number of visitors at any one time, ensuring that those visiting have a fantastic experience. 2021 saw record numbers of visitors at Sutton Hoo which often saw queues and our car park being full before midday. By managing the number of visitors, it helps us to look after this special place for future generations. 

We'll be releasing tickets every Thursday on a rolling basis for four weeks ahead. 

We are asking all visitors, including members, to book their visit in advance. There is no limit on length of visit. Tickets will be available on half hourly slots so, if you book a ticket for 10.30, you can arrive any time between 10.30 and 11.00. 

On quieter days, if we're not fully booked, you may be able to access Sutton Hoo by booking on the day, up to 8am. However, to avoid disappointment, we recommend booking tickets in advance. Without a booking, we won't be able to guarantee entry.

We recommend making an account when booking, as you will be able to change the date or time of your booking up to 24 hours before your timeslot. Please note, you can only amend your booking if you have a DigiTickets account, which can only be created at the time of booking. To cancel your booking, please call our booking team on 0344 249 1895. 

What's open 

High Hall exhibition and Tranmer House: Daily, 10.30am - 4.30pm

Shop and café: Daily, 10am - 5pm

Keepers' kiosk (takeaway food and drink): Weekends, 10.30am - 3pm

Second-hand bookshop: Tuesday - Thursday, 10.30am - 5pm, Monday and Friday, 1.30pm - 5pm.

Estate walks and playground: 10am – 5pm, daily. Dogs on short leads welcome.

Viewing tower: 10am – 4pm, daily. 

Toilets: 10am – 5pm, daily. Located in the shop/café building, Tranmer House and at the side of the High Hall exhibition. Accessible toilets and baby changing available.

The viewing tower at Sutton Hoo
The viewing tower at Sutton Hoo
The viewing tower at Sutton Hoo


Parking: Blue badge parking available in the main car park.

Toilets: Accessible toilets are located in the shop/café building, Tranmer House and at the side of the High Hall exhibition.

Mobility scooter and wheelchair hire: Personal mobility vehicles and wheelchairs are available to hire at weekends, please pre-book by emailing or calling 01394 389714. If you have not pre-booked, we cannot guarantee availability on the day.

Click here to download a full copy of our access statement.

What's available to see?

A family photographing a mushroom at Sutton Hoo

Share your day

Take a few moments to share your day with those that can’t be there, using the hashtag #EveryoneNeedsNature. Whilst we stop and can’t chat to you about your visit, we’d love to see photos of your time with us and hear any feedback you might have via our social media channels.

Upcoming events

Anglo-Saxon costume demonstration

Sat 21 May 2022
Meet our historic costume volunteers as they demonstrate the craft skills of the Anglo-Saxons and how they created clothing and accessories using natural materials.

Lyre performance with Moro Music

Sat 21 May 2022
Join Moro Music, experts in Anglo-Saxon instruments, as they fill the landscape of the Royal Burial Ground with the sound of the lyre. Performances at 11am and 3pm.

Gruesome Graves

Sun 22 May 2022
Take our free family tour to discover gruesome stories we've had to leave out of our 'normal' tours ...

Thegns of Mercia: Anglo-Saxon re-enactment

Sat 28 May 2022
Step back over 1000 years in time to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Anglo-Saxon life as we welcome Thegns of Mercia for a weekend full of living history.

Ramble with the Ranger

Fri 03 Jun 2022
Take a ramble with our Ranger, Jonathan, and see Sutton Hoo from a different perspective, exploring the different wildlife that calls this special place home.

Forest Bathing at Sutton Hoo

Sun 12 Jun 2022
Relax, unwind and immerse yourself in nature by joining one of our forest bathing sessions.