Bury St Edmunds has seen more glory, turmoil and scandal over the centuries than most small towns can boast. Today it remains a busy and beautiful market town in the heart of West Suffolk with its glorious ‘big sky’ countryside.
The medieval core of the town encompasses the giant ruins of the abbey, awardwinning Abbey Gardens, magnificent Cathedral and historic St Mary’s Church. Once the parish church of the great Abbey of St Edmund, a major centre of pilgrimage in medieval England, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Suffolk’s only Cathedral, sits at the heart of the community with the iconic Millennium Tower dominating the skyline of the town.
Uncover the secrets, the stories and the scandals of Bury St Edmunds and enjoy an intriguing private guided tour of the historic town from our fully qualified and experienced Blue and Green Badge Guides. Choose either the ‘Standard Historic’ tour, or from a range of themed tours including ‘Crime and Punishment’, ‘Ladies of the Town’ and ‘Who Lived Here?‘ The internationally acclaimed Abbey Gardens is a six hectare park on the site of a former Benedictine Abbey, once a power house of medieval England. The combination of floral excellence – with sensory and herbal gardens alongside formal bedding schemes – and the heritage of its backdrop make the gardens a very special place to visit.
Moyse’s Hall Museum, located in a beautiful medieval building in the heart of Bury St Edmunds dates back to 1140, and was used as a Tavern and Gaol, before finally becoming a Museum in 1899. There’s also the Suffolk Regiment Museum, which has one of the finest regimental collections to be seen anywhere in the country. Bury St Edmunds offers a hugely vibrant arts and cultural scene the likes of which few cities can match. The Apex is an established, award-winning venue regularly presenting some of the biggest names from the world of music and comedy; and the Theatre Royal, built in 1819, is the last surviving example of a working Regency playhouse in the country. The town is home to two successful breweries. Come and meet the utterly charming and knowledgeable brewery guides at Greene King brewery. The tour includes the best view of Bury St Edmunds from the Brewhouse roof and a tutored tasting of their beers (some visitors believe this is the best part of the tour…). On a different scale, The Old Cannon Brewery on the edge of the town centre is described by the Good Beer Guide as ‘THE place to go in town for real ale.’
The brewery tour will show you the full brewing process; starting with the grist case above the bar, right the way through the boil, fermentation and finally how the beer gets piped up to the bar – all on one site, and on one tour!
Bury St Edmunds is frequently cited as being among the best town centres in the country – an accolade earned for its extensive selection of unusual and independent stores and eating places throughout the town alongside a range of high quality High Street stores in the historic centre and the arc, a more recent addition. The town is also home to one of the largest markets in the eastern region. With this abundance of history, prestigious shopping, an awardwinning market, plus a variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is the ideal location for both group day visits and short breaks, throughout the year cited as being among the best town centres in the country – an accolade earned for its extensive selection of unusual and independent stores and eating places throughout winning market, plus a variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is the ideal location for both group day visits and short breaks, throughout the year.