Heritage Open Days 2019!

Discover the many fascinating historical sights in Bury St Edmunds & Beyond with Heritage Open Days 2019!

Bury St Edmunds' historic buildings, parks and gardens will be opening their doors for this year's Heritage Open Days; discover museums, buildings with centuries of history and country parks, join a guided tour and take part in a range of activities. We've picked a few taking place across Bury St Edmunds & Beyond for you to enjoy!

National Trust Ickworth - 13th & 14th September 

National Trust, Rotunda, Ickworth, Bury St. Edmunds 

 Visit the stunning Italianate Palace at National Trust Ickworth House, Park and Gardens. Spend a day exploring the formal gardens and pleasure grounds, view the impressive Rotunda, a magnificent showcase commissioned by the 4th Earl of Bristol and hop on your bike and explore the woodlands and park.  

 Opening times: 10am - 5pm

Perennial - Fullers Mill Garden - 14th & 15th September

Fullers Mill Garden, West Stow, Bury St Edmunds

Fullers Mill Garden is an enchanting and tranquil waterside retreat spanning seven acres, situated on the banks of the River Lark at West Stow in Suffolk.

Discover the light dappled woodland and a fabulous collection of rare and unusual shrubs, perennials, lilies and marginal plants, collected over the course of 50 years by the creator of the garden, the late Bernard Tickner MBE. 

Opening times: 10am - 5pm

No booking required

'Dissent, Riot & Rebellion' a Guided Walk - 14th & 22nd September

War Memorial, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds

Join Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides and discover the fascinating stories from 1100's when the Abbey ruled every aspect of our lives. Onwards through the turbulent events of the next seven centuries during which the expression ' Bury Stirs' was coined, right up to the very recent past. 

Time: 10.30am

Pre-booking is required, to book visit

Ancient Library Tour - 14th, 20th & 22nd September

St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds

Visit St Edmundsbury Cathedral's Ancient Library where you will see some of the books in their collection and learn more about them with the Library Guides. The Ancient Library was founded by Dr Miles Mosse in 1595 as a resource for clergy training boasting over 550 books, mainly printed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Times: 2pm - 4pm (30 minute tours).

Booking is required, to book visit

Suffolk Regiment Museum Roof Open Days - 14th, 15th, 21st & 22nd September

The Keep, Out Risbygate, Bury St Edmunds

The Keep, built in 1878 is the only surviving building from the former Suffolk Regiment Depot. The building now houses the award-winning Suffolk Regiment Museum. The only occasion this year the views from the rooftop can be seen!

The museum display tells the story of the Suffolk Regiment from its foundation in 1685 to final amalgamation with the Royal Norfolk Regiment in 1959 with medals, uniforms, photography, weapons and personal memorabilia.

Opening times: 9.30am -3.30pm, roof access 10.30am-3pm

No booking required

Bury St Edmunds Guildhall - 15th, 18th & 22nd September

Bury St Edmunds Guildhall, Guildhall Street, Bury St EdmundsThe wonderful Bury St Edmunds Guildhall will be open between 11am and 4pm on Wednesdays and Sundays from 15th to 22nd September for Heritage Open Days.

Come and visit the Royal Observer Corps, the Court Room, and the magnificent gardens. 

There will be children’s activities and refreshments will be available from Pear Tree Café. 

Opening times: 11am - 4pm

No booking required.

Rede Hall Farm Park - 16th & 18th September 

Rede Hall Farm, Chedburgh, Bury St Edmunds

Get up close to two of Suffolk's rare breed Heavy Horses, the Suffolk Punch and the Shire, at Rede Hall Farm Park.

You will have the opportunity to view the horse drawn vehicles and the harness room with various harness for different applications. Enjoy a walk round some of the farm showing fauna and flora conservation measures and join in with a discussion of the history of the Suffolks, an indigenous rare breed, and its influence on agriculture and the countryside.

Opening: from 10am

Pre-booking is required, to book visit

Bury St Edmunds Postcard Club

Moyses Hall Museum, Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds

Located in the Undercroft at Moyses Hall Museum you will find Bury St Edmunds Postcard Club.

Here you have a chance to view a collection of old & modern postcards on various subjects by members of the local club. Visit the display for advice on this rewarding hobby and peruse the items for sale.

Opening times: 10am - 5pm

No booking required.

Clare Castle Country Park - 20th, 21st & 22nd September 

Clare Country Park ( car park), Malting Lane, Clare

A chance to see inside the newly refurbished Old Goods Shed, part of Clare's railway heritage, see an archaeological dig in action, walk the new Town Trail, and see other exciting developments in the Park.

Tours of the newly-extended Town Trail will take place twice daily, at 11am and 2pm, with separate tours of the Park taking place at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Following each Town Trail tour the Ancient House Museum will be open for people to visit. The tours of the Park will take in the new Nature Trail and Trim Trail, and will visit new interpretation features like a play train and model railway. 

There will also be a visit to the top of the castle motte and the moat. An archaeological dig will be taking place in the Park, led by Suffolk Archaeology, and people will be able to visit the site of the dig and view the findings. 

Times: Town Trail Tour -10am & 4pm, Park Tour - 10.30am & 1.30pm

Pre-booking is required, book online at

Guided Tour of the Athenaeum - 22nd September 

The Athenaeum, Angel Hill, Bury St. Edmunds

Enjoy a 45-minute guided walk around The Athenaeum with Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides; a building which has hosted social events in Bury St Edmunds for over 300 years.

In the early 1700s a large private house was transformed into an assembly house where the local aristocracy and gentry gathered for balls and card parties and all kinds of celebrations.

In the 1800s a more serious generation used the building for education and self-improvement, using the exquisite ballroom as a lecture hall, providing a library, a museum, a reading room with all the latest newspapers and magazines and even an astronomical observatory.

Times: 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Pre-booking required, to book visit

West Stow Anglo Saxon Village - 22nd September

Icklingham Road, West Stow, Bury St Edmunds

A chance to visit the award winning Anglo-Saxon Village & Museum within the West Stow Country Park grounds. The reconstructed village has been built using experimental archaeology techniques to test ideas of life in the early Anglo Saxon period.

West Stow is one of England's great archaeological sites, with extensive indoor galleries and a stunning recreation of an Anglo - Saxon village surrounded by 125 acres of unspoilt countryside. Visitors can explore history and nature, watch a film, dress up as an Anglo Saxon or say hello to the rare breed pigs and chickens.

Opening times: 10am - 5pm (last entry 4pm)

No booking required.

Heritage Under the Microscope at Moyse's Hall Museum - 22nd September

Moyse's Hall Museum, 40 Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds

Pop a along to Moyse's Hall Museum for a chance to see and handle a variety of objects from West Suffolk Heritage Service's collections in more detail.

Time: 1.30pm - 3pm

No booking required

For all the Heritage Open Days taking place in Bury St Edmunds & Beyond, visit 

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