What to see and do during your stay
The Abbey Gardens in the heart of Bury St Edmunds is the perfect spot for enjoying peace and quiet whilst watching the world go by.
The Norman Tower
The Norman Tower, was the principal gateway to Bury St Edmunds' great abbey church. It was built between 1120 and 1148 facing its great west door. It is one of the oldest Norman buildings in England and one of the most complete Norman buildings in the UK due to the fact that it has never been altered. It still serves as the bell tower of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, formerly St James’ Church.
Greene King Brewery
Greene King is the UK's largest pub retailer and brewer. It is based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England. The company owns pubs, restaurants and hotels. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.
St. Edmundsbury Cathedral
Originally dedicated to St Denys, the Parish Church of St James has grown and developed over centuries, becoming the Cathedral of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich in 1914. Recently the Millenium Project has seen the completion of the building with the addition of a tower, new cloisters and chapels.
With over 200 stores that line the picturesque medieval streets, and elegant Georgian squares, it really is a fantastic place to explore.
From clothes to kitchenware, shopping in Bury St Edmunds offers something for everyone - all within an easy walking distance in beautiful surroundings. As well as the usual High Street brands, Bury St Edmunds has a host of independent and individual shops that you won't find anywhere else.
Legend of King Edmund & The Wolf
The town takes its name from King Edmund, the original Patron Saint of England and King of the East Angles, who is widely believed to be buried here.
Legends says he ruled East Anglia from AD 855 to 869 and tells of the brave King Edmund who was killed by Danish invaders on 20 November 869 after refusing to denounce his Christianity.
A wolf is a central figure of the legend. The story goes that after being shot full of arrows he was then decapitated. The Danes believed that once a head was severed from its body that person would not go to a higher plain. The king's body was found but his head was missing. Supporters heard a wolf call to them and they found him guarding the king's head, which was then reunited with his body. The legend is referenced in the Wolf statue found on the Southgate roundabout.
The Magna Carta
Bury St Edmunds played a pivotal role in the signing of Magna Carta. One monk, Roger of Wendover, from St. Albans, describes a meeting in Bury St. Edmunds in the year 1214. The most likely date for this meeting was November 20, because that was St Edmund’s day. A group of Barons met in the Abbey and swore an oath to compel King John to accept The Charter of Liberties, a proclamation of Henry I. It was the direct precursor to Magna Carta which was signed a year later.
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds was designed and built in 1819 by William Wilkins. With many of its original features still intact, it is a superb example of a Regency playhouse and one of the most beautiful, intimate and historic theatres in the world.
Theatre Royal presents a vibrant, year-round programme of drama, music, dance and comedy, featuring many of this country’s leading companies and performers.
It has built a reputation of producing quality dramas and productions including the ever popular annual pantomime.
The Apex is an award-winning venue, known for its acoustic excellence and home to a diverse programme of live music and events; from classical concerts to pop, rock, jazz, blues, world, country and folk, plus comedy and dance performances.
It also hosts a number of community and corporate events, offering the local community and wider environs a unique and exciting space from which visitors can see a great selection of artists, bands and events.
Parks & Gardens
Few towns in the UK can surpass the natural beauty of the parks and stunning gardens of Bury St Edmunds and its surrounding areas.
Aside from Abbey Garden, Nowton Park attracts visitors of all ages with nearly 80 hectares of landscaped parkland. Marked trails reveal wild flower meadows, woodland, an arboretum, ponds and a hornbeam maze. The large playground, meanwhile, makes Nowton Park a perennial hit with children.
Newmarket is often referred to as the headquarters of British horseracing and is home to the largest cluster of training yards in the country and many key horse racing organisations, including Tattersalls, the National Horseracing Museum and the National Stud. With numerous events throughout the year including the July festival and Home of the Guineas, there's no day out quite like one at Newmarket Racecourse in Suffolk
The Suffolk Coast
If you want a day out at the beach, Bury St Edmunds is just an hour away from the beautiful Suffolk Coast with charming seaside towns to explore. Why not a take drive to Southwold and visit our Pier, it offers delicious food, excellent shopping, breath-taking sea views and eccentric British seaside fun reaching 623 feet into the North Sea.
Situated in a beautiful medieval building, Moyse’s Hall Museum houses eclectic collections and exhibitions, and hosts events ranging from themed craft workshops for all the family to historical talks and lectures. The landmark 12th Century building’s rich and varied past has included serving as the towns Bridewell, workhouse and police station, first opening as a museum in 1899. Today the museum offers a fascinating view into the past with collections that document the foundation of the early town – from the creation and dissolution of the abbey, to prison paraphernalia and artefacts providing intriguing insights into superstition and witchcraft.
The Nutshell Pub
A bar that measures just 15ft by 7ft, The Nutshell proudly holds the title of smallest pub in Britain as confirmed in the Guinness Book of Records. Located in the heart of the historic Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, The Nutshell has been proud to serve customers jostling for a place at the bar since it first started serving beer in 1867. Now a major tourist attraction for local and worldwide visitors, The Nutshell continues the tradition of serving some of the regions finest ales, and providing a bar not just full of customers, but interesting historical items, photos and memorabilia.
A historic landmark hotel based in the heart of Bury St Edmunds