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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. The Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides, are green and blue badge guides and fully accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding.

Tour times (April - October)
April - June 2pm
July - September 11am and 2pm
October 2pm

Tours start outside the Cathedral Tourist Information Centre on Angel Hill, and last 90 minutes. They are in English and are suitable for all ages and abilities. Tickets: £6 for Adults (U16s free). Book online at http://www.burystedmundstourguides.org or purchase at the Cathedral Tourist Information Point on Angel Hill.

Ghost Walks

Join the Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides to see some of the more bizarre and macabre corners of Bury St Edmunds and the Great Churchyard. Want to hear tales of ghostly apparitions, spectres and monks? Want to be chilled to the core in a light-hearted way under the safe protection of your expert Guardian Guide?

Tour Times (October - March)

Halloween (October 31) 6.30pm
Every other Friday from November to March 6.30pm - 8pm. This guided walk is suitable for adults and children aged 14+ and lasts for 90 minutes. All U18s must be supervised by an adult.

Tickets: £6 per person. Book at http://www.burystedmundstourguides.org. Meet outside Marks & Spencer in the Butter Market.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral Tours

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 Millennium Tower was completed in 2005, and its magnificent painted and gilded vault, added in 2010.

Tour Times (May - September)
Monday to Saturday at 11am (meet at the font).

Tickets: £5 available from the Visitor Information point at the Cathedral Shop on Angel Hill.

Tower Tours at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Experience a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of St Edmundsbury Cathedral's Millennium Tower with fun and knowledgeable guides. Climb the 2020 steps to explore heady heights with amazing views of the town from the top of the tower, the highest point in Bury St Edmunds! Don’t forget your camera!

Tour Times (February - October)
Times vary.

Tickets £10. Book online at https://stedscathedral.org/visit/tower-tours/ or in person at the Visitor Information Point at the Cathedral Shop on Angel Hill. Numbers are strictly limited. Children aged 10-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 10 are not permitted. Please note stairways are steep and narrow.

Tour Greene King Brewery

Leading UK brewers Greene King have called Bury St Edmunds home for over 200 years.The brewery offers a guided tour 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 the town and finishes with a tutored beer tasting in the Greene King Beer Café.

Tour Times
Monday & Tuesday 2pm
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11am & 2pm
Saturday: 11am 12.30pm 2pm & 3.30pm
Sunday: 11.00am

Tickets: £16, £18 on weekends and includes a free bottle of beer. Book at https://www.greenekingshop.co.uk/brewery-tours/. Tours last 1 hour 40 mins.

Tour 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.

Tour Times (February to November)
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11am, subject to availability.

Tickets: £7.50 per person, National Trust Members: Free. Tours last approximately 75 minutes.

Guided Tours of Lavenham

Learn about the medieval cloth trade, see the former cloth Merchants’ houses and hear how the village survived almost 200 years of neglect and poverty. The Lavenham Tour Guides, blue and green badge guides, can show you where Jane and Ann Taylor lived, the authors of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’, where John Constable went to school and the building used for ‘Godrick’s Hollow’ in ‘Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows’ (Part 2).

Tour times
Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm
Sundays at 11am

Tours start from the foyer of The Swan at Lavenham Hotel & Spa in the High Street - no pre-booking required. Tickets: Adults £4. (cash only).

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