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 of the orange walk at Sutton Hoo


Sutton Hoo reception and car park, grid ref: TM290493


After either obtaining a car park ticket (weekdays) or seeing the Visitor Welcome team for your admission (weekends), 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


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


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


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


You are now in the Royal Burial Ground. The burial mounds themselves are currently roped off to allow them to rest and recover from many footsteps passing over them earlier in the year. You can walk around the roped off perimeter to your left, but as Top Hat Wood is currently closed you will need to retrace your route back.

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Sutton Hoo burial mounds in the mist


At the far end of the Royal Burial Ground you will be able to see the site of our new 17 metre viewing tower which is currently having the finishing touches made to it. Head back around the edge of the roped perimeter, pausing to look at the view towards Tranmer House before reaching the gate. Please remember to close the gate behind you.

View of Tranmer House from the Royal Burial Ground


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


Time for a cuppa and a treat! Head back to the courtyard for King's River Café (open Friday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm)

Treats in the cafe at Sutton Hoo


Sutton Hoo reception and car park, grid ref: TM290493

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


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



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

How to get here

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