Days Out In Bury St Edmunds
Bury St Edmunds is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of architecture and the glorious Cathedral and Abbey Gardens provide a distinctive visual charm.
Home to exclusive, unusual and independent stores lining medieval streets, together with well-known high street names within the town's latest shopping outlet, The Arc Bury St Edmunds has an ever-expanding choice of retail therapy making it a shoppers' paradise. The twice-weekly award-winning market has fine regional fare from fish and meats to cheese and breads, fruit, vegetables and flowers.
For a reviving break there is an excellent choice of cafés, bars and restaurants and, if you are planning to stay a while, the town has accommodation to suit every taste and budget. From friendly B&B's to luxurious hotels, the options in Bury St Edmunds are extensive.
The jewel in Bury St Edmunds' crown is the Abbey Gardens, a central haven with carpets of floral displays, spacious lawns, a rose garden, hidden seating areas and craggy Abbey ruins. History is all around and the Gardens provide something for everyone. The brand new play area is ideal for children and the Gardens are also the venue for a wide variety of public and civic events: concerts, plays and parades, fun days, festivals, fairs and fireworks.
Bury St Edmunds bursts with activity all year round. The Bury St Edmunds Festival is in May, the beautiful Hidden Gardens are open annually in June and the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre is held in the run up to Christmas. The award-winning concert venue, The Apex is home to a diverse programme of live music plus comedy and dance. With acts ranging from Sooty to internationally-renowned musicians such as Julian Lloyd Webber, The Apex provides entertainment to suit all tastes.
For almost a thousand years Moyse's Hall has looked out over the Market Place of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. It has seen many changes since it was built in 1180 and has had a variety of different uses, including a tavern and a 'gaol'. Currently it is a museum which provides an excellent setting in which to trace the unfolding story of West Suffolk, through displays which range from prehistoric times right through to the present.
The Theatre Royal built in 1819, is a Grade 1 listed playhouse and the only surviving example of a Regency theatre in the country. It is also the only theatre open to the public in the National Trust's portfolio of properties. Now fully restored, its extraordinarily intimate auditorium and exquisite decorative scheme will provide visitors with an unforgettable and unique theatrical experience.
Trace the history of brewing in Bury St Edmunds from the 11th Century at the Greene King Museum and Visitor Centre. See how real beer is brewed using natural ingredients and traditional brewing methods on a tour of the brewery. Experience the working Brew House before a tutored tasting of Greene King beers.