New Summer and Autumn Walking Tours

Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides have announced an exciting line up of new themed tours over the summer and autumn.

Do you know what the Bury Curve is? Why was so much ale drunk in Bury St Edmunds? Which author whose books became big-screen movies lived in Bury St Edmunds? 

All these questions and more will be answered on a number of themed special guided tours of Bury St Edmunds over the summer.

Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides will be doing a number of themed tours over the summer and autumn in addition to their daily walking tours of the town.

Hysterical Bury St Edmunds for children takes families on an hour long tour of hilarious, historical (and sometimes hidden) stuff to do and see at every stop. A nasty Norseman (called Boneless), a saintly Saxon (with a big nose), the riotous rabble and many mean old monks make up the story of Bury St Edmunds - talk a couple of grown-ups into booking the family on to this activity trail around the heart of our VERY old town. Suitable for family groups with children aged 6 and above. 

Hysterical Bury St Edmunds takes place at 11am on Saturday August 11 and Wednesday August 22. Tickets  are £4 per child, accompanying adults free. 

Inns and Alehouses uncovers why was so much ale drunk in Bury St Edmunds and why there were so many inns, taverns and alehouses in the town. 

Discover why coaching inns had such large stables - one had room to stable seventy horses. Come and learn where you can sip a cocktail beneath majestic medieval arches or enjoy a beer in Britain’s smallest pub. Did you know that a medieval monk had an allowance of eight pints of ale a day? The Inns and Alehouses evening tour lasts for 90 minutes and takes place on Wednesday 15 August at 6.30pm. 

The Dissent, Riot and Rebellion tour on Tuesday September 4 at 6.30pm and Saturday September 8 at 10am takes you on a journey of civil unrest, rioting in the streets, even bloody violence – not the first association you would make with modern Bury St Edmunds. 

For centuries the town was at the centre of national and regional events. With this role came unrest, much of it with violent consequences. Walk with the Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides and enjoy stories from the 1100s right up to the very recent past. You will be surprised at how volatile the town’s history has been and how that was expressed, some with tragic results, and some just plain comical. All of it played out on streets and featuring buildings recognisable today. 

As part of Heritage Open Days, the tour guides celebrate the centenary of women's suffrage with a 90-minute walking tour of Bury St Edmunds to discover more about some of the movers and shakers of the town - who also happen to be women!

Discover Bury St Edmunds' first woman councillor, an author whose books became big-screen movies, a legendary royal needlewoman and a famous art deco artist. This 90 minute Ladies of The Town tour takes place on Sunday September 16 at 2pm. Tickets are free but booking is required.

Find out about the gruesome methods of punishment that would have been used in the past, such as being burnt at the stake or drowned in a ducking stool on the Crime and Punishment tour on Wednesday October 10 at 6.30pm. Discover more about a grisly murder in the abbey, and the infamous William Corder, who murdered Maria Marten in the Red Barn and was hanged in Bury. Hear tales of local folk transported to the colonies for stealing a waistcoat, and how drunks were punished by being whipped around the marketplace. Not for the faint hearted! 

Bury St Edmunds at War is the final tour on Saturday November 3 and Tuesday November 6 at 2.30pm. Bury has had a long, distinguished, and sometimes tragic association with modern warfare. This 90 minute walk will take in some of the most iconic sites and symbols of warfare around the town, from the earliest campaigns of the Suffolk Regiment to the war in the skies of East Anglia during World War II.

Afterwards, why not visit Bury St Edmunds WWI Art Trail and see the stunning 18 pieces of art by local artists to commemorate the centenary of the end of WWI. Pick up a trail leaflet from the visitor information points in the town.

Tour tickets are £6, except where stated, for all the special summer tours must be booked (in advance as numbers are limited) on the Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides website.

Bury St Edmunds Tour Guide's Ghostly and Macabre tours will also be back from October 31 until the end of March, with murder, executions, plague, riots, witchcraft and sightings of ghostly figures, the tour takes you on a journey around our haunted town.

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