Amazingly missed by grave robbers and left undisturbed for 1,300 years, Sutton Hoo provides clues to what has been called ‘page one of English history’. Excavations in 1939 uncovered the incredible ship-burial of an Anglo-Saxon warrior king, including the iconic Sutton Hoo helmet, weapons and priceless royal treasure – all discovered when Edith Pretty hired Basil Brown to investigate some mysterious mounds of earth on her land!
Incredible insights into Britain’s history are offered by the fascinating Sutton Hoo exhibition, where a full-size reconstruction of the burial chamber and grave goods reveal the importance of the great Anglo-Saxon king buried here. One of Britain’s most important and atmospheric archaeological sites, Sutton Hoo is set in a 99-hectare (245-acre) estate which offers estuary views and winding walks. There are beautiful displays of snowdrops, bluebells and daffodils in spring, and breathtaking rhododendrons in early summer.