Bury Saint Edmunds Travel Guide

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Bury Saint Edmunds Things to Do

  • St Edmondsbury Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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...

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  • Abbey Gardens

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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...

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  • Abbey Ruins

    As in former days, Bury's drawing card is the big abbey. The only difference is that – thanks to Henry VIII – only a couple of ruins remain of it. You can have a look at them by walking through the abbey gardens. Some explanatory boards will ease your way trough the ruins and give you an imagination of how the abbey looked like in the early 16th...

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  • Abbey Gate

    Two of the main entrances into the abbey survive to this date: The Abbey Gatehouse and the Norman Tower. The Abbey Gatehouse is the younger of the two, being erected in 1352, It was built next to the remains of a former gatehouse which was destroyed by a mob in 1327. Nothing remains of the old gatehouse except a detail: Abbeygate Road was once...

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  • Greene King Brewery

    5 out of 5 stars

    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 1868 0ver 200 years in the brewing business, the company has weathered endless challenges, from the Temperance Movement campaigning...

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  • Moyse's Hall Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Moyse's Hall Museum & Art Gallery is situated in the historic towncentre, Market Place, & has been on the same site since 1899 0ver 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, &...

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  • 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...

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  • St. Mary's Church

    Despite or because this was a finer example of a church in comparison to St. James', it was not chosen to become the cathedral. It is the third largest Parish church in England and has one of the largest naves in the country. St. Mary's is a Norman Church, being only slightly younger than the Norman Tower. It was built from around 1120 on...

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  • The Nutshell Pub

    Apparently the Nutshell is the small pub in Britian and we couldn't get in because there were already 10 people inside and it was a bit of a tight squeeze without my considerable bulk adding to the general tightness. Hanging from the roof is the dried body of a black cat that was found when building works were being carried out. The story goes that...

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Bury Saint Edmunds Restaurants

  • The Grapes Pub

    2.5 out of 5 stars

    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.

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  • La Tasca - CLOSED

    This looked good from the outside and from the inside too. I went there with four ravenous african women and we ordered tapas, lots of small little dishes which we shared. Slight snag was that despite ordering quite a FEW dishes, no one really felt full up. So we filled up on the house red wine which was rather nice! I love olives, particularly...

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  • Pea Porridge

    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...

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  • Thorntons

    It's the sight and SMELL of chocolate that does it, that is what Thortons is all about... the art of the chocolatier... YUMM!!!!!!!! Perfect place to sit and refresh yourself, people watch, indulge yourself, have something like a cake, some choccy, a coffee..... yes, they do coffees as well as teas. An upmarket tea/coffee shop. Did I mention...

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  • Fox Inn

    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...

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  • Angel Hotel

    Situated in the foyer of the Angel Hotel, the Angel Eaterie is a top-notch restaurant not to miss!!! The food was superb, the service prompt and friendly and the wine was excellent. Most of the food is locally sourced and is fresh, fresh, fresh!! The selection of starters, mains and desserts is good and the wine list is extensive and there is...

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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

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    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...

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  • 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 Hotels

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    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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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.

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Strada - CLOSED
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Ickworth House
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Bury St. Edmunds Guildhall
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The pillar of Salt
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Statue of St. Edmund and detail next to Cathedral
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A nice pub with fair prices
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St. Mary's Parish Church
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Guided City walks
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Bury St. Edmunds Cathedral
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Things to see in the abbey gardens II
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Abbey Gatehouse and Norman Tower
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Abbey Ruins – General Overview
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Pea Porridge yum!
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Buildings of Bury St Edmunds
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Historic Abbey
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The Smallest pub in Britain
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Visit the Greene King Brewery
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Abbey Gardens
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British Food - It's nice honest!
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Old building - New restaurant
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The Abbey Ruins!!!
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The Nutshell -Smallest Pub in Britian
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Pigeon House in the ruins
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Norman Gate
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St Edmundsbury Cathedral
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