Things To Do

Rich in history, visitors have lots to discover in Bury St Edmunds. 

Find out about Bury St Edmunds’ role in the Magna Carta, the story of Saint Edmund, and where a French Tudor Queen rests. 

Visit the Abbey ruins, the site of one of the most important medieval monasteries in Europe, and wonder at Suffolk’s only cathedral

Explore medieval streets and architecture, Georgian squares, Britain’s last remaining regency theatre, and the town’s literary links to Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Norah Lofts.

Eat and drink at award-winning restaurants, gastropubs and cafés. Shop ’til you drop at independent boutiques and leading high street stores. Enjoy a wealth of leisure activities, including spas, swimming, golf and tennis.

Walk or cycle through picturesque parks, woodland and meadows. Enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the open spaces of the Abbey Gardens, Nowton Park, West Stow Country Park and Ickworth Park and Gardens. 

Drive out into the countryside to the pretty medieval wool towns of Lavenham and Long Melford.

Bury St Edmunds is an ideal base for exploring the rest of the East of England too. Newmarket is just 20 minutes away, Cambridge 35 minutes, Ipswich 35 minutes. 

If you want to combine a trip to Bury St Edmunds with a visit to the seaside then the Suffolk coast can be reached in just under an hour, and if you are exploring the UK, the journey to London is less than two hours.

Why not stay longer and enjoy all that Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding area has to offer? A wide range of places to stay is available for all tastes and budgets, from historic coaching inns and country estates to idyllic cottages and woodland lodges.

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