Breath of fresh air
The jewel in Bury St Edmunds outdoor crown is the Abbey Gardens, a central haven with carpets of floral displays, spacious lawns, rose garden, hidden seating areas and craggy Abbey ruins, while a stone’s throw away is Ickworth House Park and Gardens with formal Italian gardens and 1,800 acres of Capability Brown designed parkland. The spacious Nowton Park has 200 acres of landscaped parkland with mature trees, a riotous spread of daffodils in spring, and at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village and Country Park there are long walks along the River Lark
Other airy venues
To explore the area fully Bury St Edmunds is a perfectly central base, with 360 degree access to exquisite neighbouring villages and towns – many part of Suffolk's ancient wool and silk route
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Suffolk's smallest town, packing a big punch and voted Suffolk Village of the Year 2010
An area of historic ecological interest, 370 sq miles of forest, heathland and Neolithic flint mines
A scenic 23 mile cycle trail round four villages north of Bury, taking in three magnificent working windmills at Bardwell, Stanton and Pakenham
An antique hunters delight, Fiona Bruce would agree!
England's best-preserved medieval town, with an exquisite guildhall and more than 300 listed buildings
Home of Thomas Gainsborough, visit his house, gallery and print centre; boat trips up the River Stour
Just over the Norfolk border, an exciting estate emporium selling top-quality regional produce
Home to racing and headquarters of thoroughbred breeding, including the National Horseracing Museum, the National Stud - not forgetting, two race courses!
An expansive country park and a lively Arts Centre
Cavendish one of the prettiest villages in Suffolk