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Celebrate Suffolk Day with a special tour in Bury St Edmunds

St Edmundsbury Cathedral and Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides are both offering special tours to celebrate this year’s Suffolk Day on Monday June 21.

Join a ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour of the Ancient Library and Treasury at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Monday, 21 June and find out about the Cathedral’s unique collection of books, housed in the beautiful setting of the Library. 

The librarian will explain the fascinating history of the Library and showcase a variety of books, giving visitors the chance to see key volumes up close. Moving onto the Treasury, they will have the chance to see elaborate and exquisite treasures, including a replica of the Bury Cross (the original called The Cloisters Cross can be found in the The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York). 


Both of the one-hour long tours, which start at 10.30am and 2pm, will be limited to four people. Due to the location of the Library and the Treasury within the ancient building, the only access is via a spiral staircase.  

The price is £5 per person, payable on the day in the Cathedral Shop; face coverings must be worn throughout the visit.   To book a place email visits@stedscathedral.org. These tours will be offered on other dates over the summer email visits@stedscathedral.org if you are interested in taking the tour at a later date.

Suffolk Day is an occasion to be proud of and Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides will celebrate it with special 90-minute tours on 20 and 21 June to show the relationship between the town and the county.  

Lots of fascinating facts will emerge, for example that the South African War Memorial in tribute to the Suffolk Regiment was unveiled in the town in 1904 on 11 November, a date that was later to become so poignant.  

Our Royal personage, Mary Tudor Queen of France is buried locally but had many Suffolk connections and lived her final years at Westhorpe.  Bury’s three Corn Exchanges were a key part of the County’s agricultural history. 


There’s lots more beside which shows the interrelationships.  As an alternative gift for dad on Father’s Day (20 June), you could treat him to a guided tour with the family.  

Details of the tours and booking information are online at http://www.burystedmundstourguides.org or call  01284 758130. Places must be booked in advance priced at adults £7.50, under 18s £4, under 5s free, family of four (2 + 2) £20.


At Giffords Hall Vineyard in Hartest, near Bury St Edmunds, they are throwing open their cellar door for a free wine tasting between 2-4pm for Suffolk Day on Monday 21st June. 

Go along and taste the best of Suffolk Wine!

For more on Suffolk Day visit https://www.suffolkday.co.uk/.