Sutton Hoo is a significant historical site, particularly for historians interested in the early medieval period. There are two cemeteries on the site, dating back to the 6th and 7th century respectively. A huge amount of amazing artefacts have been uncovered from them but many still remain. The most impressive is an Anglo-Saxon burial ship that many believe belongs to Raedwald, one of the 7th century’s most powerful kings. The ship is one of the most magnificent archaeological finds in England’s history.
Sutton Hoo attracts huge numbers of tourists every year as visitors flock to learn about the burial ship and the history of the region during the medieval period. The discovery was made in 1939 under Mound 1 and extensive excavation has taken place since. Although the original timbers of the ship had long since rotted away, stains on the sand and iron rivets helped reveal many details. The fact that the site was undisturbed meant many of the details could be accurately reconstructed.
On the site there is an information centre with a reconstruction of the burial chamber on board the ship so visitors can see the incredible craftsmanship and detail that went into the artefacts. There are many original pieces and replicas to browse too. In summer, visitors can walk through the burial sites and can learn more about the significance of the site itself.
Sutton Hoo attracts historians from all around the world. Luckily it is located close to a number of villages and Ipswich is just a short distance away so there are plenty of hotels to choose from. The Gatehouse Hotel Best Western is a fantastic option, just over 12 miles away and to the north of Ipswich. There are 16 rooms, each with their own unique character. You can enquire about availability, facilities and events via our website. Making a booking online is very easy and you can manage bookings too, so make us your only choice when you need quality accommodation in Ipswich.