History and Heritage

Wherever you are in the beautiful market town of Bury St Edmunds, reminders of the past are just around the corner.

Immerse yourself in 1,000 years of history, exploring picturesque Georgian squares, wonderful medieval architecture and the legend of Saint Edmund and the wolf.

From saints to queens and brewing to Charles Dickens, its impressive historical connections earn Bury St Edmunds its title as 'a jewel in the crown of Suffolk', witnessing intrigue, scandal and greatness in equal measure. 

Admire Suffolk’s only Cathedral and stand among the ruins of the 11th Century Benedictine Abbey, once a place of pilgrimage and one of the most important monasteries in medieval Europe, now nestled in the stunning award-winning Abbey Gardens in the historic heart of the town.

Take a guided walking tour of Bury St Edmunds and discover the town’s connections to the Magna Carta and Edmund, the first Patron Saint of England, see the final resting place of Mary Tudor, Queen of France and sister of King Henry VIII (after whom the Mary Rose was named) at St Mary’s Church, and marvel at the Norman Tower, the oldest Norman building in England. 

Experience going to the theatre as it was in pre-Victorian times at the Theatre Royal, the only surviving regency playhouse in Britain, and take in the grandeur of The Athenaeum which once played host to performances and readings from such literary legends as Charles Dickens and W M Thackeray.

For beer lovers, explore more than 200 years of brewing history with a tour around Greene King’s beautiful and historic working brew house and end your trip with a tasting session in their popular Beer Cafe.

Enjoy the many walking trails to discover the Lark and Linnet rivers and the Magna Carta, and uncover the legacy of some of the most influential talents to have graced Bury St Edmunds in the town's Blue Plaque Trail which takes you to the homes and haunts of an eclectic mix of historical figures including author Charles Dickens.

Take a trip back to the past at Moyse's Hall Museum with collections that document the foundation of the early town – from the creation and dissolution of the Abbey, a world class and rare collection of clocks, fine art, plus changing exhibitions in the Great Hall. This beautiful medieval museum is the second oldest building in England.

Located just outside the town centre, Suffolk Regiment Museum tells the story of the regiment from its foundation in 1685 to amalgamation with the Royal Norfolk Regiment in 1959. The stories of individual soldiers are told through a wonderful collection of medals, uniforms, photographs, weapons, equipment and personal memorabilia.

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