National Trust Sutton Hoo will be gradually revealing the new Sutton Hoo experience this year as they complete a multi-million pound project.
The National Lottery Heritage Funded project will enable the National Trust to create an experience that helps visitors discover more about this internationally significant site and how its stories have captured the imaginations of people the world over.
Because there are so many different elements to the new Sutton Hoo experience, these will be gradually revealed in stages through the spring and summer, starting this Easter. Early visitors will be able to see lots of behind-the-scenes work continuing, whilst those planning their visit for the end of the summer will be able to explore the complete new Sutton Hoo experience.
Opening for the first time on April 19th, Good Friday, and as well as some unique new experiences, there will be some special opportunities to see some behind the scenes work continuing, such as the construction of a new viewing tower.
Why not be amongst the first to head out on the brand new River View walking trail across parts of the estate not previously open. With stunning views across the river Deben towards Woodbridge, this new walk will be your chance to indulge in some peaceful exploration, finding your new favourite view. There’ll be guided tours too, offering the chance to investigate the history of the Royal Burial Ground.
There will of course also be opportunities to hear more about the project work, take a look at what is coming next and to meet the team behind the work.
If all that sounds like you might need to take a breather, the new-look Kings River Cafe will be opening at Easter too, serving delicious treats to eat and a much-needed cuppa. Alongside the cafe, you'll also be able to have a browse in the new Sutton Hoo shop too.
Moving into the summer months, there will be more for you to discover, including a new walking route around the site that will follow in the footsteps of the Anglo-Saxons, revealing the route King Raedwald’s burial ship was taken on, before arriving at the top of the valley.
Tranmer House, the former home of Edith Pretty, will be transformed with a new exhibition exploring the people and stories behind the Sutton Hoo discovery.
In the Exhibition Hall, you will be able to learn much more about the lives of the Anglo-Saxons and just how Sutton Hoo came to be such a significant place in English history.
There’ll be new installations to discover, the popular guided tours will be making a return and there will be activities to take part in. The final piece of the puzzle will be the completion of a 17-metre observation tower, late in the summer, which will give views over the entire burial ground and to the River Deben beyond, revealing the fascinating story of this evocative landscape.
It's such an exciting time! Make sure National Trust Sutton Hoo is on your list of places to visit for 2019! See website for more information, updates and news about the transformation.
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