9. Sutton Hoo
Lying near the town of Woodbridge in Suffolk, Sutton Hoo is the location of two sixth and early seventh century cemeteries and one of England’s most important archaeological sites.
Excavation of the most famous part of the site, the ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king, began in 1939. Among the artefacts to be unearthed were a ceremonial helmet, sword and shield, lyre and several items of silver plate.
Many of the artefacts are now on display at the British Museum in London, but visit Sutton Hoo itself and you can walk around the burial mounds, see a full-size reconstruction of the burial chamber, and examine both replicas and original finds from the excavation, including a prince’s sword.