Sutton Hoo – National Trust site near Ipswich (Suffolk)

Sutton Hoo, located in Woodbridge (near Ipswich), Suffolk, is an expansive 255-acre estate that plays host to an array of stunning archaeological discoveries, and was featured in our Top 5 National Trust sites for hands-on history. It’s the ideal place for exploring the great outdoors and seeing real-life history right before your eyes. The Edwardian house has some beautiful interiors which are definitely worth a look – but it’s the grounds of Sutton Hoo that hold the most secrets.

This house is all about the archaeology and has some fantastic Anglo-Saxon tales behind it. It’s a great place for kids who love to be outdoors and who love a good story.

Make sure you take a walk around the ancient burial mounds to hear the fantastic story of an Anglo-Saxon king, pop inside to the exhibition to see the replica burial chamber and treasures and take a look at the prince’s sword found on the estate. Children will love how visual Sutton Hoo is – all the history is out on display for them to look at, touch and run around. Ideal for even the youngest of kids.

If you’re looking for something more personal, then the hands-on learning that Sutton Hoo offers will make your day just that bit more exciting. Family events, behind the scenes tours and living history days run through the holidays – your children can even head to the dressing up box, meet a 1930s archaeologist and take part in a guided tour of the royal burial mounds. There are also nature walks, a children’s quiz and a play area.

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