Plan Your Stay

Coach Visits and Groups

Bury St Edmunds is great for groups!

Explore the ruins of the Abbey of St Edmund - once one of the richest and most powerful abbeys in England set in the stunning Abbey Gardens and discover the story of Saint Edmund – England’s original Patron Saint - whose shrine at the abbey brought pilgrims from across Europe and even royalty.

Visit the final resting place of Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Henry VIII’s favourite sister, see behind the scenes of the 200 year-old Theatre Royal, the last surviving Regency playhouse in the country, and find out why Charles Dickens featured Bury St Edmunds in his novel The Pickwick Papers. There are guided tours for groups at many of the attractions including at Suffolk's only cathedral - St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

Enjoy award winning restaurants and shop until you drop with High Street brands and independents and a vibrant town market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. All this and more within a short walking distance!

Coaches

There is a designated drop off and collection point for coaches on Angel Hill, close to the main tourism attractions, which are all within walking distance. Toilet facilities are just a minute's walk away in the Abbey Gardens.

A designed coach park can be found at the Lorry Park on Rougham Hill near the A14 Bury East exit postcode IP33 2RU.

There is so much to explore, why not stay longer? With hundreds of rooms in Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding area, in a mixture of budget to luxurious hotels there is something to suit every group for their accommodation needs.

For more information and help with planning your visit, contact the Tourist Information Centre at tic@westsuffolk.gov.uk or call 01284 764667.

Group Tours

Guided Tours of Bury St Edmunds

Find out about 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.

As well as a personalised tour of the town and ruins of the Abbey of St Edmund, the green and blue badge Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides also offer an extensive range of over 20 Themed Tours that can be pre-booked for groups. These include Bury at War, Crime and Punishment, Dissent, Riot and Rebellion, Georgian Bury, Hysterical Bury St Edmunds, Inns and Alehouses. All this plus the very popular Ghostly and Macabre Tours available in the autumn and winter months.

All group tours must be pre-booked at The Apex box office on 01284 758000.

The Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

The Theatre Royal was designed by renowned architect William Wilkins – also famous for designing the National Gallery and University College London. With many of its original features still intact it is the last remaining working Regency playhouse in the country, and one of the most beautiful, intimate and historic theatres in the world.

In addition, the theatre’s new live and interactive Close Encounters tours will run from May to September 2019 and offers visitors the opportunity to meet and interact with some of the fascinating characters from the theatre’s past.

Guided Tours for groups can be booked by emailing grouptours@theatreroyal.org or calling 01284 829956.

Greene King Brewery

Leading UK brewers Greene King have called Bury St Edmunds home for over 200 years.

The brewery offers a guided 1 hour 40 minute journey around the historic working brew house to see where many of the nation’s favourite ales are brewed, including Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Abbot Ale, which is famously named for the brewers who used to work at Bury St Edmunds’ Great Abbey hundreds of years ago.

The tour includes a trip up to the roof for one of the best panoramic views of our market town and finishes with a tutored beer tasting in the Greene King Beer Café.

Group bookings can be made by calling 01284 714297.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

For over 1,000 years, the site of Suffolk ’s Cathedral has been one of worship and pilgrimage. The death of Edmund, King of the East Angles, at the hands of the Danes in 869 led to the building of an abbey to house his remains. St James’s Church was built within the precincts of the Abbey, becoming a Cathedral in 1914.

The Cathedral building has continued to develop over recent years with the addition of the Millennium Tower, completed in 2005, and its magnificent painted and gilded vault, added in 2010.

The Cathedral offers a range of options for visiting groups from a Tour and Cream Tea package to a special Behind The Scenes visit, which can include a tour of the Ancient Library. There are also tours of the Cathedral’s tower. For more information email visits@stedscathedral.org or call 01284 748730.

Moyse’s Hall Museum

This beautiful medieval museum in the heart of Bury St Edmunds houses rich and eclectic collections, changing exhibitions and events.

Steeped in history, Moyse's Hall has looked out over Bury St Edmunds market place for almost 900 years and has been a bridewell, workhouse and police station, first opening as a museum in 1899.

Find out about the creation and dissolution of the Abbey of St Edmund, the notorious Red Barn Murder and local superstitions and witchcraft - including some real wands!

Guided tours of Moyse’s Hall Museum are available. Telephone 01284 706183 for more information.

Bury St Edmunds Guildhall

Dating back to 1279, Bury St Edmunds Guildhall is the oldest continuously-used civic building in Britain and proudly boasts a World War Two Royal Observer Corps Control Centre – the only surviving room of its kind in the country.

Visit The Court Room, the Banqueting Hall, the RAF’s WWII Royal Observer Corps Operations Centre Headquarters, the Tudor Kitchen, courtyards and fabulous open gardens. If you wish to organise group visits or tours telephone 01284 247037.

Suffolk Regiment Museum

Discover the story of the regiment from its foundation in 1685 through medals, uniforms, photographs, weapons, equipment and personal memorabilia. Admission free. Group visits are welcome, by prior arrangement. Telephone 01284 752394 to book.

Beyond Bury St Edmunds

With stunning countryside, idyllic villages, quirky boutiques and cosy pubs, there are so many wonderful things to do in neighbouring villages and towns.

Discover the picturesque Suffolk wool towns of Lavenham, Long Melford and Clare, the home of horse racing at Newmarket and Ipswich, East Anglia’s waterfront town.

Group guided tours can also be arranged at Fullers Mill Garden in West Stow, West Stow Anglo Saxon Village, Pakenham Watermill, Lavenham Guildhall, and Kentwell Hall and Melford Hall in Long Melford.

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