Study Days are normally held in The Old Court which is opposite the Natuonal Trust’s Kings River Cafe at Sutton Hoo (OS Grid Ref TM288492). Sutton Hoo is 9 miles north-east of Ipswich. Enter the post code ‘IP12 3DJ’ in your GPS or Googlemaps etc.

During the early part of 2018 Woods Lane in Melton is closed – follow diversion.

Travelling by car from Ipswich

From London and Ipswich proceed north on the A12 until the first turning to Woodbridge.  Follow B1438 through Woodbridge itself towards Melton

Turn right at the traffic lights in Woodbridge to head towards Melton

Turn right at the traffic lights in Melton onto the A1152 to Sutton Hoo and Bawdsey.

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.

DSC_0056_300Drive  into the car park.

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 KIngs River Cafe.


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