Why you should visit Bury St Edmunds this Easter

Spend the Easter weekend in historic Bury St Edmunds...

The Easter Weekend is the perfect time to visit Bury St Edmunds; the weather is starting to improve (although we can't guarantee it will be dry!) and the flowers are starting to bloom.

There's lots to see and do as well; from country homes and gardens to explore, exhibitions and museums to visit, live music and theatre to watch, great places to eat and unique places to rest your head. 

For a weekend of history

Steeped in history, you can learn about the town's fascinating past on one of the town tours. During the 90 minute tour you can discover the legend of St Edmund and the wolf, Bury St Edmunds’ connections to the Magna Carta, where Charles Dickens stayed, and the final resting place of a French Queen and Henry VIII’s beloved sister. 

If you're budding for more at the end, then pay a visit to Moyse's Hall Museum which houses a number of fascinating collections and exhibitions with everything from the Abbey of Edmund to prison paraphernalia, plus remarkable collections relating to the notorious Red Barn Murder and fascinating insights into local superstitions and witchcraft. 

For an interactive history experience, then make sure you pay a visit to West Stow Anglo Saxon Village. Over the Easter weekend (31st March - 2nd April) there will be medieval reenactments, demonstrations of crafts and skills including coin striking, illuminating manuscripts and weapons and armour maintenance. 

Fast forward a few years and step back in time to the Tudor period at Kentwell Hall. The Eastertide celebrations take place from 30th March - 2nd April during which time you will find over 100 Tudors wandering around the Manor and gardens carrying out various everyday activities as if they were in the year 1594.

For a weekend of shopping 

The town is home to over 200 shops with everything ranging from boutique clothes, luxury homewares and independent galleries to high street and designer brands.

Lining the medieval streets and elegant Georgian squares you will find a range of independent shops such as Dapper Fox; a luxury menswear brand selling mens tailoring and casualwear, Nicola Sexton; for designer shoes and bags, and Sahara for collections made with natural fabrics to name but a few. 

Head to The Arc Shopping Centre and you will find High Street brands such as Topshop, River Island, Next, Debenhams, Joules, Crew Clothing, New Look and H&M. The shops are accompanied by a range of cafes and restaurants including Starbucks, Wagamama, Nando's, Carluccios and Costa.

For a unique shopping experience, take a stroll down St Johns Street stopping by Jewellery by Tony Strowger, Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, Aubyn Davies, The Handmade Shop and Gallery and Beautiful Beers; a shop dedicated to bringing some of Europe's finest beers to East Anglia!

For a weekend of eating

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to places to eat in Bury St Edmunds; whether you fancy a 3 course a la carte meal, hearty pub grub, tapas, sandwich or steak you're guaranteed to find it amongst the town's cobbled streets. 

Located on Churchgate Street you will find Ben's Restaurant. A field to fork establishment, the produce used is either produced on their own farm in nearby Ixworth or from other local producers. The following evening, head back to Churchgate Street and book a table at Maison Bleue; the elegant restaurant specialises in modern, French dining and serves seasonal meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, mouthwatering puddings, and updated renditions of French classics. 

Start your night with cocktails followed by the a la carte or set menu at Bourgee. The menu boasts luxury items such as lobster, Tomahawk on the bone steak and Japanese Waygu beef. Finish your meal with a glass of Champagne before heading on to a bar or back to your hotel. 

Or for something a little more laid back, relax on one of the comfy sofas and tuck into a grazing board and bottle of wine at The One Bull or after a morning walk through the Abbey Gardens, book a table for Easter Sunday lunch and enjoy a hearty roast. 

For a weekend of exploring

No trip to Bury St Edmunds would be complete without a stroll through the beautiful Abbey Gardens; strolling through the Appleby Rose Garden, Pilgrims Herb Garden, Sensory Garden and Rose Garden. Stop in the cafe to enjoy a coffee and slice of cake before joining one of the Cathedral tower tours - where once at the top, you are rewarded with magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding Suffolk countryside. 

Pay a visit to Nowton Park and take a walk down The lime avenue; one of the finest examples in the UK which planted around 1880 to give the estate a sense of grandeur. At Easter you will be greeted with over 100,000 daffodils bloom beneath the trees and many visiting birds on the feeding station at the edge of the wood. 

If you don't mind getting a bit wet and muddy, then book one of the outdoor experiences from Explore 4x4. On the Eldeven Estate you can try your hard at 4x4 off road driving, clay pigeon shooting, archery and crossbows.

To plan your trip check out our 'Where to Stay', 'Eating & Drinking', and 'Things to Do', guides!

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