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“Nice day out”
Review of Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo
Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Woodbridge
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Owner description: In 1939 an extraordinary discovery was made deep in the Suffolk countryside as the remains of a 90ft Anglo-Saxon ship was revealed, surrounded by fantastic treasure and the now famous helmet. Sutton Hoo was soon realised as one of Britain's most important archaeological sites, believed to be the final resting place of early Anglo-Saxon warrior king, Raedwald. Visit our Exhibition Hall and learn about the history of the Anglo-Saxons and this extraordinary site, including all 18 mounds eventually discovered. Step back to the 1930s in Tranmer House, the Edwardian home of Mrs Edith Pretty, who first decided to discover exactly what lay beneath the mysterious mounds. Relax in our café and look for a souvenir from our National Trust gift shop and bookshop. There are also tons of activities for kids, including dressing up, quizzes and trails across the site, and a play-area to run off any last remaining energy. Don’t forget to check our website for up to date information on our events!
Reviewed October 8, 2013

The visitor centre, shop & cafe are nice, and the mounds are basically just mounds of earth, not a lot to see.
Don't expect to see many 'real' artifacts as most of them are held in the British Museum.
Good information of the site itself, and a pleasant morning spent wandering the grounds.

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Reviewed October 4, 2013

The exhibition is excellent, just expect replicas of the main priceless finds and representations of life in Anglo-Saxon times. Informative and good source of information for children, well presented. The actual burial mounds are just that, mounds of earth.

Modern attraction centre, shop and cafe, no complaints whatsoever, just be aware that the NT will charge tourist rates not subsidised ones.

The family house is well presented with lots of the original family items and photographs located in the 2 main rooms open to the public. Nice interesting outhouse also.

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Reviewed October 4, 2013

I have been to Sutton Hoo before but I was pleasantly surprised with my second visit. We had a very informative NT Guide who took us round the most important burial mounds and gave a very interesting background to the site and how it was all discovered in the months before the Second World War. The Museum has good displays and although the treasure is mainly replicas (the real treasures being in the British Museum) this in no way spoiled my enjoyment.

The house belonging to Mrs.Pretty, who was the owner of the land before and after the discovery, has been partly opened up and was furnished as it would have been when she was living there in the 1930's.

The Cafeteria has a good selection of sandwiches, cakes etc., and also hot meals during the lunchtime period with great views over the site.

Altogether it made a great day out. NT members are free .

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Reviewed October 2, 2013

The museum was excellent showing life as it was way back then. Prices for everything were a bit high - especially for people on a budget. Café had a good selection of quality food. Very good signage around the fields to explain the different sites.

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Reviewed October 2, 2013

One of the best National Trust locations I have visited. The staff/volunteers were very helpful and enthusiastic about the site. On seeing that I had a walking difficulty I was immediately offered one of their PMVs (Personal Mobility Vehicles). This enabled me to see considerably more of the site. Well worth a visit

Thank Roy N
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