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 Royal 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 the Royal Burial Ground.

Sunrise over the Royal Burial Ground at Sutton Hoo

Map

Map of the orange walk at Sutton Hoo

Start:

Sutton Hoo reception and car park, grid ref: TM290493

1

After arranging 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. Where the path divides take the left route which takes you near to the Gar Seat.

Path leading from Tranmer House towards the Royal Burial Ground

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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View over Rabbit Field towards Woodbridge from the circular benches

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 you close the gate behind you.

Crossing over the sandy track

5

You are now in the Royal Burial Ground. The burial mounds themselves are roped off to protect them from being eroded by footsteps. You can walk around the roped off perimeter to your left and exit through the gate at the far end to explore the viewing tower.

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Sutton Hoo burial mounds in the mist

6

The viewing tower offers an elevated perspective of the Royal Burial Ground to give a better understanding of the landscape context of the site. The first level is accessible, accessed via a ramp, and gives a commanding perspective over the top of Mound 1 which contained the Great Ship Burial. Interpretation panels give detail of the different mounds, if they have been excavated, and what they contained. There are 81 steps to the top of the tower.

The viewing tower at Sutton Hoo

7

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

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The Gar Seat 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

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
Sutton Hoo car park and courtyyard, 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: King's River Café
  • Parking: visitor car park
  • Toilets: walkers toilets open
  • All dogs welcome on site however please keep them on leads at all times