Sutton Hoo

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Sutton Hoo information

Location
Suffolk , England
Address
Sutton Hoo
nr Woodbridge
Telephone
+44 1394 389700
More information
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Prices
adult/child £7.50/3.70
Opening hours
10.30am-5pm Easter-Oct, 11am-4pm Sat & Sun Nov-Easter
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Somehow missed by plundering grave robbers and left undisturbed for 1300 years, the hull of an enormous Anglo-Saxon ship was discovered here in 1939, buried under a mound of earth. The vessel was the final resting place of Raedwald, King of East Anglia until AD 625, and was stuffed with Saxon riches, reflecting a sophisticated culture that’s conveyed beautifully in on-site displays.

Sutton Hoo is 2 miles east of Woodbridge and 6 miles northeast of Ipswich off the B1083.

The massive effort that went into Raedwald's burial gives some idea of just how important a man he was, while the elaborate nature of the treasures transformed perceptions of the era.

Many of the original finds and a full-scale reconstruction of his ship and burial chamber can be seen in the visitor centre. The finest treasures, including the king's exquisitely crafted helmet, shields, gold ornaments and Byzantine silver, are displayed in London's British Museum, but replicas are on show here, along with an original prince's sword.

Paths encircle the 18 burial mounds (which look like bumps in the ground) that make up the 'royal cemetery'. You can only walk onto them as part of a one-hour guided tour (adult/child £2.50/1.25), which provides a fascinating insight into the site. Call to check for tour times.