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Sutton Hoo has been through an incredible transformation, thanks to a £4 million investment that was made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Trust members, supporters and donors.

When you visit, they want to help you discover more about this very special place and to unlock the stories of the people in its past – from the Anglo- Saxons who buried their king here, to Edith Pretty who first instigated an archaeological dig of the mysterious mounds and those who have continued to unearth Sutton Hoo’s secrets over the years.

Be amongst the first to experience the new Tranmer House and High Hall exhibitions and installations which were opened for the first time in summer 2019.

Tranmer House, the former home of Edith Pretty, has been transformed with a new exhibition exploring the people and stories behind the Sutton Hoo discovery and landscape.

In the Exhibition Hall, renamed the High Hall, we’re sharing 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 are new installations to discover with popular guided tours to join and activities to take part in.Take the chance to head out on the River View walking trail, which opened for the first time last spring. 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 are guided tours too, offering the chance to investigate the history of the Royal Burial Ground.

You'll also see the specially commissioned new sculpture representing the Anglo-Saxon ship buried here. At 27m long, it matches the size of the original ship and now sits in the courtyard, waiting to greet you as you arrive.

This year the final piece of the puzzle will be the completion of a 17metre observation tower, which will give views over the entire Royal Burial Ground and to the River Deben beyond, revealing the fascinating story of this evocative landscape.

It was from the River Deben that an Anglo- Saxon ship was hauled up the valley before it formed the burial found in Mound One, where the famous treasure was discovered.

Whether you can’t wait to see Sutton Hoo again or you’re keen to experience the new look Sutton Hoo, it’s well work a trip.

Nationaltrust.org Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3DJ