Drive to Sutton Hoo and delve into one of the most significant finds in English archaeology. Learn about the discovery of the ship and grave goods found on this windswept Suffolk coastline that were crucial in our understanding of Medieval history. Examine the mysterious burial mounds of kings and glittering treasure. Discover the site of the richest burial ever found in northern Europe: a king or great warrior of East Anglia who was laid to rest in his 90ft ship, surrounded by his most extravagant treasures. Though the ship no longer remains – having long since eroded in the acidic soil – its ‘ghost’ remains imprinted in the sand to this day. Follow in the footsteps of those Anglo-Saxon mourners that strained every muscle to haul this great ship to its final resting place, as you walk up from the River Deben to Sutton Hoo’s Royal Burial Ground.
Head to Framlingham Castle, one of the best-preserved medieval castles in England, with the oldest surviving Tudor chimneys in the country. Surrounded by parkland and a picturesque lake, the castle overlooks the beautiful market town of Framlingham. Muster the courage to walk the spectacular wall as you explore the towering walls behind which Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England. Stand atop the remarkably tall 10.5 metre high curtain wall as you take in breath-taking views of the stunning Suffolk landscape. Imagine what life was like over 500 years ago, when Framlingham Castle was once at the centre of a vast network of power and influence.
Explore Southwold beach, whose pier is home to the innovative water clock designed by Tim Hunkin. Feel intrigued as you view the artist’s unique underwater shows through a quantum-tunnelling periscope at the end of the pier – a fascinating insight into the mix of old and new which make up the pier’s attractions.
Discover Kentwell Hall, one of the finest moated Tudor Houses in England, set in over 25 acres of its own gardens and parkland. Step back in time as you immerse yourself in unique history recreations that offer total immersion in the sights, sounds and smells of the past. Admire the Tudor portraits, artefacts and historic tapestries that make this family home so intriguing. Wander the gardens and take in stunningly romantic moats, extensive lawns, walled gardens and giant cedars that surround the house. Feel at peace as you explore over 30 acres of tranquil space, with a surprise to delight the senses around every corner.