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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. 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)
Daily tours take place at 2pm.

Tours start on Angel Hill, opposite the Abbey Gate, and last 90 minutes. They are in English and are suitable for all ages and abilities. Tickets: £7 for Adults (U16s free). Book online at http://www.burystedmundstourguides.org.

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)

Every Friday from October 30 to March 19. Plus Halloween (October 31). 6.30pm-8pm or 6.35pm-8.05pm 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: £7 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) - TOURS CURRENTLY ON HOLD DUE TO COVID
Monday to Saturday at 11am (meet at the font).

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

Cathedral Tower Tours

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) - TOURS CURRENTLY ON HOLD DUE TO COVID
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.

Greene King Walk, Talk and Tasting Tour

Join Greene King as they take you on a walk through the brewery's history discovering their oldest buildings and finding out what they have been used for throughout time. The tour's knowledgeable guides will tell you everything you need to know about Greene King and how their beers are made.

Back in the Greene King Beer Cafe you will be able to watch a virtual tour of the brewery and enjoy a tutored tasting of their beers. You will receive a free bottle of beer to take away and a 10% off voucher to spend in the café and the shop on the day. To book a tour call 01284 843326 or email beercafe@greeneking.co.uk. Tickets: £18. Tours last 1 hour 40 mins.

For Tour times visit https://www.greenekingshop.co.uk/greene-king-walk-talk-and-tasting-tour/

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) - THEATRE CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11am, subject to availability.

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

Tour Bury St Edmunds Guildhall

Bring your ‘bubble’ to the Guildhall! Uncover the hidden stories of Bury St Edmunds through the eyes of a building that has been at the heart of our community for 1000 years. On a Guildhall tour you’ll follow in the footsteps of kidnapped monks, criminals, wealthy merchants, wartime operatives, and more.

Tour Times - You choose.

We will do our best to schedule your visit to a time and date that suits you – the more notice you give us, the better.

Tickets are £7 per person. Children under 12 go free.

Pre-booking is essential. To book please visit:

https://burystedmundsguildhall.org.uk/book-a-guildhall-tour/

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 ‘Godric’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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