Accessible route to the Royal Burial Ground (orange circular walk)

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 ground and discover the incredible story of the ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and his treasured possessions.

Suitable for active families. Suitable for buggies and wheelchairs to edge of burial ground but we recommend borrowing one of our personal mobility vehicles.

Map

Start:

Sutton Hoo reception and car park, grid ref: TM290493

1

After going through the Visitor Welcome building for your admission, walk through the courtyard and head towards Tranmer House, following the signposts to the Royal Burial Ground/Tranmer House.

Tranmer House at Sutton Hoo in the sunlight

2

When you arrive at the front of Tranmer House walk round to the right hand side of the building. From here take the path with the inset stone “Walk in the footsteps of Anglo-Saxon Royalty”. Head through the metal gate. Sheep graze in this field so please make sure to close the gate behind you. Where the path divides take the left route which takes you near to the Gar Seat.

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

3

Pause at the circular benches and admire the view over Rabbit Field and the Deben River valley on your right.

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

4

Continue through the woods until you reach a gate. Go through the gate and cross the sandy track to the opposite side (beware of any passing farm vehicles), and through another gate. Please ensure the gates are closed behind you.

Walks in woodland at Sutton Hoo

5

You are now in the Royal Burial Ground. Look for the markers, which will direct you on a route through the mounds and take you to Mound 1, the site of the famous ship burial.

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Sutton Hoo burial mounds in the mist

6

At the far end of the burial ground you will be able to see the site of the 17 metre Viewing Tower which is currently being built. Head back around the edge of the roped area, pausing to look at the view towards Tranmer House before reaching the gate.

Large burial mound and Tranmer House at Sutton Hoo

7

Head back through the Royal Burial Ground, pausing to look at the view towards Tranmer House before reaching the gate. Note that the route will differ slightly on occasion as some areas may be roped off to allow the grass to recover where it’s suffered from many feet passing over.

Sutton Hoo Mound Two and tree against blue sky

8

Carefully cross back over the sandy track, through the gate, and head back towards the courtyard or Tranmer House. Rest for a while at the Gar Seat and enjoy views across Rabbit Field.

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

9

Time for a cuppa and a treat! Turn left for Keepers' Café (opening times vary) or straight ahead for King's River Café and the Courtyard.

Treats in the cafe at Sutton Hoo

End:

Sutton Hoo reception and car park, grid ref: TM290493

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Accessible route to the Royal Burial Ground (orange circular walk)

Terrain

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

Accessible route to the Royal Burial Ground (orange circular walk)

Contact us

Telephone: 01394 389700

 

Email: suttonhoo@nationaltrust.org.uk

Accessible route to the Royal Burial Ground (orange circular walk)

How to get here

Address
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

Accessible route to the Royal Burial Ground (orange circular walk)

Facilities and access

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