Anglo-Saxon Suffolk – Tuesdays 11th & 18th July
On the eve of the second World War, in 1939, archaeologists made one of the most stunning finds ever in East Anglia when they unearthed a longship and the treasure of an Anglo-Saxon King from the burial mounds at Sutton Hoo. Our tour of Anglo-Saxon Suffolk starts off with a visit to this impressive site. There is a chance to visit the burial mounds themselves and also to tour the very informative visitor centre.
After Sutton Hoo, we pay a short visit to Orford Castle at Orford Ness – an impressive 12th century keep built during the reign of Henry II – before some free time for lunch.
After lunch we head for Aldeburgh, but call in on the way at the curious village of Iken. The site of the historical “Icanhoe”, this was the site of an abbey found by St. Botolph, latterly the patron saint of wayfarers and the dedicatee of one of the most charming churches in Cambridge.
We finish our day with some free time in the charming fishing town of Aldeburgh with its tea-shops and handsome beach front.
- 9pm – depart Brookside (at the Trumpington Road end of Bateman Street and near to the entrance of the Botanic gardens)
- 10:40am – Arrive Sutton Hoo and visit to the visitors’ centre
- 11:00am – Time to visit the burial sites
- 12:00am – Depart Sutton Hoo
- 12:30am – Visit Orford Castle
- 1:00pm – lunch (not included) in Orford Ness
- 1:40pm – depart Orford Ness
- 1:55pm – visit Iken church (10 mins)
- 2:05pm – continue on to Aldeburgh
- 2:30pm – free time in Aldeburgh
- 4:00pm – depart Aldeburgh
- 6:00pm – arrive Cambridge
cost: £60 per person
The tour price includes entrance to the Sutton Hoo visitor centre & burial sites and Orford Ness castle.