Bury Saint Edmunds Travel Guide

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Bury Saint Edmunds Things to Do

  • Moyse's Hall Museum...

    Moyse's Hall Museum & Art Gallery is situated in the historic towncentre, Market Place, & has been on the same site since 18990ver the centuries, this historic building has served as a tavern & gaol, & posesses some of the finest architecture in Bury Saint Edmunds...The museum has numerous themed displays, pertaining to the history of the town, &...

  • Greene King Brewery...

    Benjamin Greene first began brewing in Bury Saint Edmunds in 1799 - the company that bears his name has been in operation ever since!The Saint Edmunds brewery was originally set-up on the site of Maulkin's Maltings in 18680ver 200 years in the brewing business, the company has weathered endless challenges, from the Temperance Movement campaigning...

  • Abbey Gardens...

    The Abbey Gardens are the famous visitor attraction in Bury Saint Edmunds, attracting people from far & wide, when they are in bloom...Although the flowers are at the heart of the attraction, the gardens are full of remnants of historical interest, including the ruins of the original abbey & cloister...In the late 19th century, a manuscript was...

  • Dad's Army connection...

    Although almost every episode of Dad's Army was shot on the outskirts of Bury, the only episode to involve the town itself, was The Lion Has 'phones, which used the filtration tank at the sugar beet factory, to film the reservoir scene...However, the town has a strong link to the sitcom, because its leading character, sergeant Wilson, immortalised...

  • British Sugar Factory...

    Bury is usually defined by its town centre cathedral & Abbey gardens, but for me, the main association is the British Sugar processing plant on the eastern outskirts...If you approach the town on the A11 from Thetford, you know when you're getting close to your destination, because on the horizon are 8 tall siloes with chimneys belching smoke into...

  • The Cathedral

    The cathedral is standing right next to the abbey gardens, but is much younger than the original abbey, from 16th century. It's a working church and when I was inside, people were coming to attend a funeral service. So of course I didn't take any pictures, but left.The inside is very light, bright colours enhance the feeling of width and open...

  • Ickworth House

    Just a few miles outside Bury St Edmonds stands Ickworth House. Built by the 4th Earl of Bristol in 1795, its most distinguishing feature is the rotunda. It was designed by Mario Asprucci, one of Italy's top architects. The Earl was, in addition to his royal title, Bishop of Derry in Ireland; this gave him access to a huge amount of wealth. So he...

  • Buildings around Cornhill

    Much of Bury's shopping zone is located around Cornhill, including a new shopping mall. But it is also the place where you can find some interesting buildings: One of them was designed as a market hall (hence the name “The Market Cross”) in the 18th century, but became a theatre later on. Today it houses an art Gallery called Smith's Row. The style...

  • Bury St. Edmunds Guildhall

    This beautiful building once played a big role in the history of Bury St. Edmunds. The town was in control of the abbey and although people in some way profited from it, they always had the feeling of being dependent on it. Furthermore, the abbey was able to raise taxes which did not always result in a tension-free environment. That included the...


Bury Saint Edmunds Hotels

  • The Ickworth Hotel

    I have not stayed at The Ickworth - but grew up in the nearby village of Horringer. Ickworth Park is...

  • Angel Hotel

    This is a great hotel that has been revamped over the last few years (I worked here as a chambermaid...

  • Ravenwood Hall Country Hotel

    Mouse Lane, Rougham, Bury St. Edmunds, IP30 9JA, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Bury Saint Edmunds Restaurants

  • Very medicore

    The owner was very rude and very uninformative, unknowledgeable and crass. The floor is always sticky. So can only imagine what the overall hygiene is like. The food was below average, wasn't even worth the cheap prices. A big let down overall. Used to be a lovely pub, many years ago. None.

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner and bed

    I wasn't quite sure whether to write this review as a hotel review, restaurant review or a nightlife review, as this place really covers all of these.It it a great pub that does lovely food, and uses local food and Fairtrade products. It also has rooms at the back of the hotel, which are around the car park (they have converted old barns) and they...

  • Noodles anyone?

    This is a very popular noodle bar with modern decor and tasty food.You write your own orders out on little order slips and pass it to the waiting staff.The portions are generous and it's a good place for a casual meal. I ate the Thai chicken curry and rice - not the most authentic tasting one I've had but very tasty all the same.

  • A nice pub with fair prices

    Among all the pubs Bury St. Edmunds has, this one is among those with the lowest prices while it has a friendly atmosphere at the same time. That means that main dishes are available for around 5 pounds. Look out for combo deals or buy two get two more free offers. As most pubs in the region (and especially at Bury St. Edmunds), it is a Greene King...

  • Pea Porridge yum!

    What a lovely restaurant, just what BSE needs!This restaurant has been decorated beautifully, it has a lovely atmosphere and friendly staff.I had the freshest bread, straight from the oven , it was delicious! At lunch time they provide a special menu with two courses for £11ish, brilliant! I went with a friend we were given tiny and very yummy...

  • British Food - It's nice honest!

    Modern British food.They serve sandwiches and light lunches as well as having a more extensive evening menu.We enjoyed a Christmas meal with our friends here when we returned from travellng in 2004 - a good time was had by all!! Venison with red wine and pear sauce , served with roquefort mash. Yum! Great Tapas and lots of interesting local...


Bury Saint Edmunds Nightlife

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    The One Bull: Blast from the past...

    by PrincessMonja Written Aug 8, 2011

    This pub used to be "THE" place to go back in the '80s and I have fond memories of many a happy evening in here, and the dreadful carpet and the juke box....

    Well things have changed, it's been completely renovated is now full of comfy sofas, the carpet has gone (thank god!) and it now has an eating area that does good food.

    It's also where a slightly 'older' crowd go, so if you enjoy a lively pub which isn't full of teenagers, this is a good bet.

    Dress Code: The One Bull has 'security staff' on the door (as do many pubs these days) so they have the discretion about who's let in - there's no formal dress code, but people tend to dress reasonably smartly; I've never seen anyone in there in jogging bottoms, etc!!

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Bury Saint Edmunds Transportation

  • The best public transport connections in...

    BUS STATION - Saint Andrew's Street North...Bury Saint Edmunds is a Suffolk travel hub, & as well as being well connected to other towns & counties, has a modern bus station with properly enclosed waiting room - something of a luxury in modern Britain!The local bus company is Mulley's, who operate schedules to all the neighbouring main towns, as...

  • By train to Bury St. Edmunds

    The easiest way to get to Bury St. Edmunds is surely by train. There are National Express coach services, but these are not as frequent as the the train does. Bury St. Edemunds is located on the line between Cambridge and Ipswich with hourly services on weekdays into both directions. During the week, there are also services from/to London/Liverpool...

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Bury Saint Edmunds Shopping

  • 'i'

    Bury's Tourist Information Centre is very active at promoting its town (something that cannot be said of such branches of the official tourist board, in other East Anglian towns...)So, for any local guidance you might need to the town & what is on locally in the way of festivals, this is the place to enquire... Local maps & postcards are...

  • Great shop for womens clothes

    This is a nice boutique with womens clothes and accessories. It is nicely laid out and the staff are very helpful.There are other 'Anna' branches - see the website for details. Lots of very nice brands: Body - Gharani Strok - Rogan Jeans - Margaret Howell - L Autre - ChoseDay - Rutzou - Saltwater - Schumacher - ANNA Cashmere Let's face it - it's...

  • Market Day

    A market is held twice a week in Bury St Edmunds, on a Wednesday and a Saturday. The market has everything from fruit and veg to clothes, gifts and much, much more.Occasionally special markets are held such as the French Market where french market traders come over and sell their produce (lots of lovely cheese and other French foods!). Markets are...


Bury Saint Edmunds Local Customs

  • M.R.James...

    Montague Rhodes James was born 1st August 1862, near Dover in Kent, his parents moving 3 years later to Great Livermere, on the outskirts of Bury Saint Edmunds...He became a boarder at the leading boys' preparatory educational establishments, Temple Grove School in September 1873There is some debate amongst scholars as to what befell James during...

  • BSE or Bury

    As Bury St Edmunds is quite a long name, it is shortened to either Bury or BSE. When speaking Bury is usually used and when writing BSE.When Great Britain suffered with the 'mad cow disease' - Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), this did cause confusion as we'd always used BSE as a shorthand for our home town, not for some horrid bovine...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Bury Saint Edmunds What to Pack

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    These items will be handy...

    by PrincessMonja Written Dec 20, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: An Umbrella - let's face it this is England, so the chances are it's going to rain! East Anglia is one of the driest areas in Great Britain, but we still get our fair share of rain.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You will not be able to buy antibiotics over the counter in a chemist, these are only available through a doctors prescription. If you need any medication ensure you check you have all you require with your doctor prior to travel.

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Bury Saint Edmunds Off The Beaten Path

  • The Village Fete

    Throughout the summer English Villages hold Fetes many of which are still very traditional.I grew up in the village of Horringer,just south West of Bury St Edmunds, and often took part in the village fete either doing Maypole or country dancing, or entering arts and crafts in the Flower show. I know arts and crafts doesn't sound like it fits with...

  • The Town's Gates

    You may notice that several of the streets in Bury St Edmunds are named after gates:- Abbeygate street- Westgate Street- Eastgate Street- Northgate Street- Southgate StreetWhat you may also note is that they do not have gates on them (With the exception of Abbeygate street where one has recently been added).Years ago there would have been gates on...

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    Quaker Meeting House

    by joanj Written Sep 25, 2005

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    Favorite thing: I was walking down one of the streets in Bury and saw this building across the road, so took a picture, then on closer inspection I noticed it was a Quaker Meeting House

    I did wait a while to see if any Quakers came out in their dress, but to no avail.

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Bury was walking through the beautiful Abbey Gardens in the summer when the flower beds were in all their glory. The gardners kept the gardens in pristine condition.

    There is also a small aviary by the little tea shop.

    Do take the children to look at the birds.

    Quaker Meeting House

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