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“Great time had by all”
Review of Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo
Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Woodbridge
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Owner description: One of Britain's most important archaeological sites contains the burial chamber and funeral ship of the early Anglo-Saxon warrior king, Raedwald.
Essex
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“Great time had by all”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

We had a fantastic time today at Sutton Hoo. Visited the mounds and the exhibition. The best bit though was a trip around the house. You are free to sit and touch the furniture and antiques. My son had a go writing with a fountain pen, whilst a volunteer showed me how to knit. We ran around the walk looking for clues for the Easter egg hunt which kept the interest up and had a lovely lunch in the cafe. Something for everyone ,

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Definitely worth a visit”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

Went on a very cold day in March. Very good visitor centre and very helpful staff. Took the guided tour which was £2.50 - worth it as lasts about 1.5 hrs and very informative. If going on a cold day make sure you wrap up well as standing about alot in open air while on tour. Quite amazing the facts behind the find and the items discovered. You can take the tour yourself as well signposted but you are not allowed on the main mound where the ship had been buried - only if you are on the tour.

Visited March 2013
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Ancona, Italy
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“Expensive and disappointing”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

You pay a bit less if you say you want a standard entrance ticket rather than the more expensive, "gift-aid" type one. There’s no need to feel guilty about it. You pay quite a lot for the standard ticket anyway - and that’s without counting all the money given to the National Trust by bodies like DEFRA, which you’re paying for too.

(This applies to all National Trust and other properties where they try to persuade you to “gift aid it” - not just Sutton Hoo.)

Inside, after the building with the ticket desk, shop, cafeteria, etc, there’s a large building with displays of replicas of objects found in the mounds. As usual with the National Trust, the visitors that they're thinking of are primarily young children, and the object is mainly to teach and stir up their enthusiasm, so there are lots of activities for young children (up to about 12, say), but adults and even teenagers might feel they’re being patronized.

(The original objects found in the Sutton Hoo mounds, including the helmet, are now almost all in the British Museum, where you can see them for free.)

Then there’s Tranmer House, which I skipped as it was getting dark.

Then, after an easy walk of a few hundred yards down a broad, well-kept path, there’s the field with the burial mounds. For me, this was the highlight of the visit. In the gathering gloom of that cold winter evening, the ancient mounds stirred the imagination far more intensely than anything in the exhibition building. The guide was invaluable, especially on the story of the excavations.

Visited December 2012
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Verwood, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“History brought to life”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

Wonderful reconstruction of ship burial and lovely walks -plus excellent shortbread in the cafe. Parking is a bit limited but it was half term.

Visited February 2013
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“Excellent atmosphere”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

This was my third visit as I find Sutton Hoo a magical place - especially on a cold winter's afternoon. After visiting the museum I came across the secondhand books on sale in the stable block so had a good browse there. Then I visited the house for the first time and was so pleased to be encouraged to sit on the comfy chairs and linger while listening to the lady playing on the grand piano. It was a lovely atmosphere - more relaxed and informal than other National Trust houses.

Visited February 2013
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