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Leisure and tourism
West Stow

What was it like in early Anglo-Saxon times? At West Stow you can walk in the footsteps of our ancestors, explore their homes, see the evidence for yourself - then make up your own mind. The reconstructed village is now 40 years old and still continues, with the help of the Trust, to interpret the life of the first pagan Anglo-Saxon settlers in East Anglia.

To visit this unique site you will find us 7 miles North West of Bury St Edmunds; follow the brown signs from the A1101.  

Open daily 10am-5pm.

West Stow Country Park and Anglo-Saxon Village      Find us on Google maps
Icklingham Road
West Stow
Suffolk IP28 6HG

Phone:. 01284 728718

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For a list of our special events, including historical costumed weekends and activity days this year please visit

About West Stow

West Stow Anglo-Saxon VillageAnglo-Saxon Village

Lets you explore the way our ancestors lived. The early Anglo-Saxon village (c.420-650AD) has been carefully reconstructed where it was excavated. Experimental archaeology has provided new ideas on what life was once like at West Stow; you can explore these houses, smell the wood smoke, feel the solid wood, you might see, wildlife, crops, pigs or hens and absorb yourself in the atmosphere, imagine living in early Anglo-Saxon times.

Children and adults love trying out the furniture, working out what objects are for and seeing how each building is different. There is an introductory video before you go in, which tells the story of West Stow. There is no hurry on this journey through time.

Due to the presence of livestock no dogs (except guide dogs) are allowed in the village.

West Stow Anglo-Saxon MuseumAnglo-Saxon Museum

See displays of some of the objects found during the excavation of the village telling the fascinating story of this settlement and the people who lived here including replica Anglo-Saxon costume. Every aspect of life is covered, from fashion to farming, crafts to cremation. Early Anglo-Saxon material from West Stow, Icklingham, Westgarth Gardens and Eriswell is displayed.


Open every day 10am-4pm. Enjoy hot and cold refreshments at the café. These facilities are managed by Realise Futures who are a Suffolk based social enterprise. For all enquiries phone: 01284 728718.


Selling a variety of souvenirs, replicas and schools/parent  resources, many of which are unavailable anywhere else. There's something to please everyone, from families with young children to academics.

West Stow adventure playgroundAdventure playground

This exciting playground, climbing wall and Den Building area will keep your children occupied and with plenty of picnic tables you can sit back and relax while your children enjoy exploring the adventure playground.

Country Park

Beyond the car park, play area, visitor centre, café and shop is a 52 hectare country park bursting with life. There are plenty of opportunities for picnics, walks and trails in woodland and heathland, along the river Lark and around the lake. There are two bird hides, a nature trail and lots of other walks in the park or across the road in Thetford Forest. Due to the presence of livestock, dogs must remain on a lead in the country park.

Chronicle 2000 logo The St Edmundsbury Chronicle 2000 – a history of the St Edmundsbury area from the beginning of man to the present day.


Chronicle 2000 began as a personal millennium project for the author David Addy, but he found that the task needed to be greater than a list of dates, and so the project expanded and is still being refined and amended in 2013. The intention was to emulate the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, using current English, but bringing the story right up to date for the administrative area of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, in the west of Suffolk. Visit the St Edmundsbury Chronicle 2000 website pages the local museums, museum collections and exhibits and the Anglo - Saxons for information.


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Contact information
West Suffolk Diary
Ticket Office: 01284 758000

Julie Warren
Marketing Manager
Phone: 01284 758105

Sandra Robinson
Marketing Co-ordinator
Phone: 01284 758106

Jennie Johnson
Website and Social Media Officer
Phone: 01284 758122

The Apex
1 Charter Square
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 3FD
Box Office: 01284 758000

Heritage: Moyse’s and West Stow

Moyse’s Hall Museum
Phone: 01284 757160

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village
Phone: 01284 728718

Phone: 01284 757088

Tourist Information
The Apex
1 Charter Square
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 3FD
01284 758000
Phone: 01284 757065
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