Sutton Hoo Burial Mound Walk , near Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Walking trail

This hauntingly beautiful estate, with far-reaching views over the River Deben, is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. Walk around the ancient burial mounds and discover the incredible story of the ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and his treasured possessions.

Suitable for active families. Unsuitable for buggies and/or wheelchairs.


Sutton Hoo Burial Mound Walk (Yellow Walk) Map


Sutton Hoo reception and car park, grid ref: TM288487


Turn right out of Reception and head down the length of the building, bearing left after the café terrace and following the signpost towards the burial mounds, heading into the trees.

View from the corner of Rabbit Field down across the Deben Valley


After about 100yd (90m) or so, look down at the Deben River valley, and what's known as the Rabbit Field, to your right. Continue through woods until reaching a gate, which effectively creates a T-junction in the path.

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The sight down the Deben Valley and Rabbit Field, and across to Woodbridge


Cross straight over the farm track - whilst being cautious of farm vehicles - and through the gate on the other side, into the burial ground. Head forward before bearing left to walk round the burial mounds.

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Sutton Hoo burial mounds in the mist


Continue to make your way around the burial ground route, following the rope. About half way around is a bench and makes for a great spot to gaze backwards and take in the sight of the burial mounds before you and Tranmer House beyond them. Head out the gate at the other side and turn right and right again, up towards the viewing platform.

Large burial mound and Tranmer House at Sutton Hoo


Take your time to look out over the burial grounds, with Mound 1 - the famous ship burial - now right in front of you. Then, carry on across the platform, past the shepherd's hut and carry on up the track, bearing to the right. After a short while, head back through the gate you entered through now on your left, heading back through the trees.

Sutton Hoo Mound Two and tree against blue sky


Now follow the path back towards Tranmer House looking out for the Gar Seat on the way.

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Picture of the Gar Seat which can be found on the Sutton Hoo Short walk


Have a peep into Tranmer House (removing any particularly muddy boots first), relax for a while soaking up the 1930's atmosphere, and then make your way back to the reception and exhibition centre (where you started your walk).

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Picture of couple on seat in Tranmer House


Sutton Hoo reception and car park, grid ref: TM288487

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Sutton Hoo Burial Mound Walk , near Woodbridge, Suffolk.


Circular route following public footpaths and woodland paths; roots underfoot. Dogs welcome on leads.

Sutton Hoo Burial Mound Walk , near Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Contact us

Telephone: 01394 389700



Sutton Hoo Burial Mound Walk , near Woodbridge, Suffolk.

How to get here

Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3DJ
By train

Melton Station 1.25 miles (2km); Woodbridge Station 3 miles (4.8km)

By road

On B1083, Melton to Bawdsey. Follow signs from A12 north of Woodbridge

By foot

1.25 miles (2km) from Melton

By bus

First 63/4/5, Ipswich to Framlingham (passing Melton Rail Stn)

By bicycle

1.25 miles (2km) from Melton

Sutton Hoo Burial Mound Walk , near Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Facilities and access

  • Food and Drink: Licensed restaurant in visitor centre
  • Parking: Visitor Car Park
  • WC's: Adjoining and inside Visitor Centre