Sutton Hoo woodland walk, near Woodbridge, Suffolk

Walking trail

This walking route combines elements of both our Valley (red) walk and Pinewood (blue) walk. Follow in the footsteps of Anglo-Saxon ancestors at the Royal Burial Ground and take in the different areas of woodland across the Sutton Hoo landscape.

Suitable for active families. Due to hills, steps etc. not suitable for buggies and/or wheelchairs.


Map route for Sutton Hoo Short Walk


Sutton Hoo car park, grid ref: TM288487


After arranging your admission, walk through the courtyard and turn left, heading into the woods, through the gate and pass the Gar Seat on your right.

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Heading into the woods alongside Rabbit Field


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 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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The Royal Burial Ground at Sutton Hoo


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 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. At the top enjoy views above the tree canopy into the landscape beyond.

The viewing tower at Sutton Hoo


From the tower head into Top Hat Wood. The route through Top Hat Wood changes seasonally as one path is closed during ground nesting bird season to help protect the nightingales that breed here.

Woods at Sutton Hoo


After passing the house called Little Sutton Hoo, which is privately owned, follow the made-up road for about 300 metres, then bear left uphill passing Home Wood on your right.

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View over the River Deben towards Woodbridge


Continue along the road to where there is a right-hand bend and here, use the marked footpath instead of the road as this can be a dangerous bend.

Turning off the road on to the path


Re-join the road with Brown’s Planting on your right, and after about 500 metres look out for a sign-posted footpath on the right.

Taking the path in to Browns Plantation


The path goes up quite a steep hill with steps in places, but eventually flattens out. Watch out for the fire-breathing dragon on the left! Follow the path left where signposted then, after about 100 metres, turn left and out into Garden Field.

Path into Garden Field


Walk along the left-hand field edge until you reach a gate through the fence behind the Visitor Centre, and then back to the courtyard.

Gate leading towards the cafe and courtyard


Sutton Hoo car park, grid ref: TM288487

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Sutton Hoo woodland walk, near Woodbridge, Suffolk


This circular route is along woodland paths, with roots underfoot. Some steep gradients in places. Dogs welcome on leads across the estate walks.

Sutton Hoo woodland walk, near Woodbridge, Suffolk

Contact us

Telephone: 01394 389700
Sutton Hoo woodland 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 Railway Station)
By bicycle
1.25 miles (2km) from Melton
Sutton Hoo woodland walk, near Woodbridge, Suffolk

Facilities and access

  • Car park available 30 yards from entrance (pay and display when exhibition is closed)
  • All dogs welcome on site however only guide-dogs are welcome in the buildings
  • Baby-changing and feeding facilities
  • Children's activities and dress up available
  • Pushchairs and baby back-carries admitted
  • Children's play area outside
  • Mobility parking - Drop-off point in main car park
  • Restaurant