Study Days are normally held in The Old Court which is opposite the restaurant which is on the Sutton Hoo National Trust estate (OS Grid Ref TM288492). Sutton Hoo is 9 miles north-east of Ipswich. If you have access to the internet or GPS you can access an interactive map by entering the post code ‘IP12 3DJ’ into

Travelling by car from Ipswich

If you are travelling north up the A12, turn off beyond Woodbridge on to the A1152


In one mile, go straight on at the Melton traffic lights


in one mile take the second exit at the roundabout to Bawdsey.


In one mile, and at the top of the hill, don’t miss the small National Trust sign (arrow pointing to it on photo) directing you to turn right into Sutton Hoo. The entrance is very low key.


Drive past the entrance booth into the car park. If you arrive early the gate may be shut – just drive in via the other side of the booth.


Park in the normal NT car park. Parking fees are included so no need to pay for parking.


Go to The Old Court on the left of this photo, opposite the restaurant.


Travelling by public transport:

By rail, take the train to Melton and walk (2 miles uphill), or to Woodbridge and then a taxi (M&R Cars are based at Woodbridge Station – 01394 386661). Trains run quite frequently and the times are convenient for the Study Days.  For details go to the train company websites such as National Rail


NT restaurant

In order to keep the cost to a minimum lunch is not included. You may eat in the NT restaurant (this is very good quality – coffee about £1.80, sandwiches about £3, soup & roll £4, and main meals about £7) alternatively you may prefer to bring a packed lunch.  You can pre-order lunch during the coffee breaks to save queuing at lunch time.

The exhibition:

We have negotiated a special arrangement with the National Trust whereby you can gain free access to the exhibition during the Study Day break for lunch or afterwards. To obtain the free access (when the exhibition is open to the public) you must present your Study Day programme at National Trust reception and obtain an entry ticket. You will not be allowed entry without obtaining a ticket first. This special arrangement only applies on the actual day of the Study Day, it cannot be used on any other day.


Information on local hotels and B&B is available from the Woodbridge tourist information office on 01394 444400, Email: If you have access to the internet you can try Smoothhound,, or