Family • Wellbeing • Adventure

Monday, 13 January 2020

Sutton Hoo | National Trust | Jan 2020 | Review

This Christmas My mum, very kindly, gave us a family annual membership to the National Trust. This type of gift, in my eye, is one of the most special gifts you can give! The opportunity to make memories all year through is something so heartwarming - So thanks mum!!

For our first family trip using our membership we decided to visit Sutton Hoo, which is quite local to us situated near Woodbridge (which is well worth a visit and one of our favourite spots). Sutton Hoo recently underwent a £4 million pound renovation that has really brought the history of this site to life, vital for one of the countries most important archaeological sites.

What to see & do?

The Royal Burial Mounds: The burial mounds at Sutton Hoo offer a fascinating insight into the world of Anglo-Saxons. There are many burial mounds within the site but the one at Mound One was the richest burial. Some reproductions can be seen in the exhibition hall, though. You can explore the mounds on your own or sign up for a guided tour.

The exhibition: We were impressed with the exhibition. Although it was small, it was well presented and the volunteer guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. The children loved getting “hands on” with history and had lots of fun dressing up as Anglo-Saxons!

Tranmer House: This is where we spent most of our time (other than the grounds), Tranmer House was the home of Mrs Edith Pretty who instigated and paid for the archaeological dig. The house overlooks the River Deben and offers views across the burial mounds. I absolutely loved this part and the children, though only 4 & 7 where completely engaged. There was an area where they could do their own drawings of an archaeological dig, lots of films and photos explaining the digs and discoveries.

Walking the grounds: As with many National Trust sites, there are plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs and take in some fresh air. This site is also dog friendly so you can take your four legged friends with you too. We are looking forward to going again in the spring so we can see the changing landscape.


As with all National Sites there are two prices, a standard price and one that includes Gift Aid;

Adult: £15.00 (16.50 Gift Aid)
Child £7.50 (£8.30 Gift Aid)
Family £37.50 (£41.30 Gift Aid)

You can also become a member, which will give you free access to hundreds of National Trust sites. Membership prices are as follows;

Single: £72 per year
Joint: £120 per year
Family£126 per year

When you consider the cost of one visit it is well worth becoming a member as you will easy make you money back in just a few visits. 

Have you visited Sutton Hoo before? Where’s your favourite National Trust Site?

K Elizabeth xoxox


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