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“wonderful historic site”
Review of Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo
Ranked #4 of 38 things to do in Woodbridge
Certificate of Excellence
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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 18, 2013

Very informative tour with NT tour guide on a lovely autumn morning......the tour is worth waiting for, twice a day. Museum was really great, beautifully thought out and arranged... yes, the artifacts are replicas but they are far better presented than the originals in the british museum, where they seem to be just one more treasure amongst many! The mock-up burial chamber was excellent. Had a very nice lunch in the cafe and the shop was attractive, though we didn't actually buy anything! Easily the best "attraction" for us in this whole area.

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Reviewed October 17, 2013

We did the visitor centre first. Informative and interesting, particularly the 10 minute film. Lunch in the restaurant was good, but the best part of the day was the excellent volunteer who lead the walk to the burial mounds. Gold star for her! £2.50pp well spent as she brought the whole story to life with facts, photos and enthusiasm for the subject. Mrs Pretty's house was interesting too. Very impressed.

Thank DevonVal
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

We have been to Sutton Hoo before, but there was still plenty to see on the return visit. We had a very informative National Trust volunteer who explained in detail about the Sutton Hoo helmet found in the ship burial. The Museum has good displays and although the treasure is mainly replicas (the real treasures being in the British Museum) this did not spoil the enjoyment.

The Cafe serves hot meals at lunchtime, which are good value and also has a good selection of sandwiches, cakes etc., and a large selection of drinks. The cafe has great views over the parkland.

This attraction makes an informative and great day out.

National Trust members are free .

1  Thank Borderick
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

We took our dog,can take them but not near burial mounds.
Cafe was good but a lot of flys buzzing around the place.

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

as with many other historical attractions (see also Stonehenge), much planning has gone into the gift shop and café areas. It is important to get a decent cup of tea and a scone, yes, but the quality of the objects on display and the quality of the narrative/descriptive panels accompanying the exhibition are much more important. there is very little, if anything, in the covered exhibition which is original, most is replication, with the original artefacts having been transported to London museums. This is a huge shame. Outdoors, the burial mounds have fences around them to keep you not just at arms length but actually so far away from the sites that it there is no 'experience' to be had. What a waste. What is a brilliant and unique site has been totally diluted and divested of all its power and attraction.

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