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Days Out In Bury St Edmunds

Surrounded by countryside with 1,000 years of history to explore, Bury St Edmunds offers visitors award-winning restaurants, fantastic shopping, art and culture, and stunning parks.

Take in the views at the only cathedral in Suffolk, the magnificent St Edmundsbury Cathedral, and stand among the ruins of the 11th Century Abbey of St Edmund, once one of the most important monasteries in medieval Europe. Discover the legend of St Edmund – England’s original Patron Saint, visit the final resting place of Henry VIII’s sister Mary Tudor, Queen of France, and discover the town’s connections with Charles Dickens.

From the story of Saint Edmund and the Abbey to the town’s role in the Magna Carta, uncover a wealth of history and stories on a walking tour with our fun and knowledgeable tour guides. Then visit the town’s museum at Medieval Moyse’s Hall, see the only surviving Royal Observer Corps WWII Control Centre at Bury St Edmunds Guildhall and then find out all about the Suffolk Regiment at their museum.

Love shopping? While away a day exploring the 200 stores that line the picturesque medieval streets and elegant Georgian squares - all within an easy and short walking distance. As well as favourite High Street brands, Bury St Edmunds has a host of individual shops that you won't find anywhere else. All this plus the modern open street-scape arc shopping centre with its futuristic curved flagship store.

If you love fresh produce and unique gifts, Bury St Edmunds has a twice-weekly award-winning vibrant and bustling market, which is almost as old as the town’s Abbey, and attracts thousands of shoppers every week.

Take a break in the award-winning Abbey Gardens in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, a peaceful haven set among the ruins of the historic medieval abbey. The gardens are internationally renowned for colourful and attractive displays and visitors come from all over the world to see it. 

Feeling hungry? Foodies will love the mouth-watering and wide selection of restaurants and cafes each with their own unique atmosphere, and with tasty treats that cater to all budgets you will not be leaving Bury St Edmunds hungry! From fine dining to quality Suffolk home-cooked pub grub, many of the town’s restaurants have awards to their name and use fresh local produce.

For beer lovers, Bury St Edmunds is the home of Greene King which has been brewing beer here for more than 200 years. Take a tour of their brewery and stop by the Greene King Beer Café. Bury St Edmunds is the perfect place to experience delicious real ale and unique craft beer with the Bury Ale Trail. Don’t forget to visit The Nutshell pub, which proudly holds the title of smallest pub in Britain in the Guinness Book of Records.

The town also has some fantastic intimate venues to enjoy theatre, music, dance and anything in between. From the award-winning entertainment venue The Apex, known for its acoustic excellence, to The Theatre Royal, the last surviving Regency playhouse in the country and one of the most beautiful, unique and historic theatres in the world.

Bury St Edmunds bursts with activity all year round. Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre in November attracts over 100,000 visitors every year. Foodies will love the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival in August, with its top celebrity chef cookery displays, while the Bury St Edmunds Festival in May attracts top artists.

With the beautiful medieval wool towns of Lavenham, Long Melford and Clare, on its doorstep, Bury St Edmunds is truly 'a jewel in the crown of Suffolk'.

Why not stay longer and enjoy all that the Bury St Edmunds area has to offer? A wide range of places to stay is available for all tastes and budgets, from historic coaching inns and country estates to idyllic cottages and woodland lodges.

For more information and to plan your next trip to Bury St Edmunds, including information on where to stay and what’s on, visit the official tourism website for the Bury St Edmunds area www.burystedmundsandbeyond.co.uk

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