Top Ways to Get Away from it All in Bury St Edmunds and Beyond

These things to do and places to go in Bury St Edmunds and Beyond are the perfect way to get away from it all.

Take some time out for yourself, book some ‘me’ time to recharge your batteries and de-stress. Whether you are looking for places to relax and unwind or some retail therapy, these things to do and places to go in Bury St Edmunds and Beyond are the perfect way to get away from it all.

Relax and Unwind...


Most will agree that spas are the perfect way to relax, unwind and relieve stress. There are many fantastic spas situated in Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding areas so a day of pampering is never far away!

SK Clinic + Spa an award winning spa is based in the heart of the town and offers an array of treatments such as massage therapies and alternative therapies including facials, Indian head massages, lava shell and hydrotherm massages to name but a few. 

If you are happy to travel a little bit further for a luxurious spa, Center Parcs Elveden Forest is just 30 mins outside of Bury St Edmunds in Elveden. Their Aqua Sana Spa is a perfect for a relaxing break and with over 15 different spa experiences you will most certainly find one that’s right for you.

Make a day of it and book a spa day at The Ickworth Hotel; a National Trust estate situated in the Suffolk countryside. The spa features a pool and a range of treatment rooms and for an extra special treat, why not also book afternoon tea or a meal in the restaurant. 

Part of the stately Nowton Court Village, Heritage Beauty and Wellbeing Centre boasts stunning views across Nowton Park to compliment the many spa, beauty and holistic therapy treatments on offer.  The Timeout  package includes an arrival drink, two 60 minute treatments and lunch, or for a full day of pampering, book the Luxury half day package; Choose either a neck, back & shoulder massage or a full body salt scrub therapy plus a facial and a manicure or pedicure. You will also receive a drink on arrival arrival drink, three 60 minute treatments and lunch.


What better way to blow away the cobwebs than a walk or a ride out on your bicycle! Did you know that Bury St Edmunds has 1730 walking routes? Although we cannot feature all 1730 routes here are a few we think you will enjoy.

A woodland walk or ‘Ecotherapy’ as it’s otherwise known can boost your health and wellbeing and there are plenty of Woodland walks in Bury st Edmunds and the surrounding areas for you to choose from including;

● Hardwick Heath
● Park Gate Woodland
● Ickworth Park
● Natterer’s Wood

If you prefer to add a little culture to your walk then it’s worth paying Abbey Gardens a visit; boasting a herb garden, sensory garden, rose garden, aviary and other facilities including a children's’ play area, wildlife feeding area and bowling green, there's plenty for the whole family to see and do. 

And of course, whilst there, be sure to read about Bury St Edmund's fascinating history!

Retail Therapy...

Shopping is known as a great stress reliever, and you're spoilt for choice when it comes to shops and markets in Bury St Edmunds and the nearby villages. 

Bury St Edmunds Market

The bustling market takes place every week on a Wednesday and Saturday, with over 80 stalls selling a range of local produce including fruit and vegetables, cheeses, meats, bread and fish. You will also find clothes, pottery, vintage homewares and fashion, plants and crafts. 

Long Melford 

If Antiques and splendid architecture are more your thing, Long Melford Village is the place for you. There are a variety of places to buy quality goods such as clothes, books, food and of course Antiques.
Don’t forget to pay a visit to National Trust Melford Hall before you leave; with a long and varied history dating back to 1000s, explore this stunning mansion and you will find many wonderful things such as Beatrix Potter sketches and collections of naval paintings. 

Historic Buildings...

If your favourite way to relax and unwind is to enjoy arts and culture then you most certainly have plenty of places to choose from in Bury St Edmunds. Dating back to the C12th you can while away the hours at Moyse's Hall Museum; Learn about the local history, view the notorious Red Barn Murder collections (although not particularly relaxing!) and peruse the wonderful artefacts on show, a favourite with many is the clock collection - one of the best in the country!

Head to Angel Hill and you will find many of Bury St Edmund's historic attractions including The Athenaeum, Bury St Edmunds Abbey Ruins, St Edmundsbury Cathedral and The Angel Hotel.

The Athenaeum is a beautiful Grade I listed building built in the late 18th Century. Although it wasn't named The Athenaeum until 1854 the building has had a very varied history. Once a great dance hall which played host to society balls, it's now a stunning location for weddings and events.

And after you've climbed the tower at St Edmundsbury Cathedral and soaked up the stunning view across the Suffolk countryside you can enjoy a stay at The Angel Hotel. The historic boutique hotel is where Dickens stayed while giving readings in the nearby Athenaeum, and is featured in his novel The Pickwick Papers. At the end of a day of pampering and shopping, enjoy a Mojito in the hotel's Wingspan Cocktail Bar. Fashioned out of the secret tunnels that run under much of Bury St Edmunds, it features a fascinating mix of ancient architecture, modern furniture and an eclectic mix of drinks.