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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)
Daily tours take place at 2pm from April to October.

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. Tours cost £7.50 per person, Under 18s £4, Under 5s FREE, Family of four (max 2 adults) £20. Book online at https://www.burystedmundstourguides.org/daily-tours/

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)

Friday evenings from Halloween until the end of March. This guided walk is suitable for adults and children aged 14+ and lasts for 90 minutes. All U18s must be supervised by an adult.

Book at https://www.burystedmundstourguides.org/ghostly-macabre-tours/. Meet outside Marks & Spencer in the Butter Market.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral Tours - From June 21

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 (June - September)
Monday to Friday at 11am daily from the font. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, tours are currently limited to 5 people per tour.

Tickets: £5 the Cathedral Shop.

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 (July - October)
Wednesdays at 2pm and Saturdays at 10.30am. Tickets £10 per person, must be booked in advance at the Cathedral Shop or online at https://stedscathedral.org/visit/tower-tours/. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, tours are currently limited to four visitors per tour. 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 Brewery & Walk, Talk and Tasting Tours

Greene King offer two tours - a Brewery Tour and their Walk, Talk and Tasting Tour. The Brewery Tour enables you to see inside the Brewery and climb over 100 steps to the roof for a fantastic view over Bury St Edmunds.

The Walk, Talk and Tasting Tour takes you on a walk through Greene King’s history, discovering their oldest buildings and finding out what they have been used for throughout time. Their knowledgeable guides will tell you everything you need to know about Greene King and how their beers are made. Back in our café you will be able to watch a virtual tour of the brewery and enjoy a tutored tasting of the beers brewed here in Bury St Edmunds and Belhaven Brewery in Dunbar.

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://shop.greeneking.co.uk/pages/brewery-tours

Tour The Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds - Back in 2022

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.

Tour Bury St Edmunds 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).

Lord of the Rings Inspired Middle Earth Tours

The Anglo-Saxon origins of The Lord of the Rings story are explored in the Middle Earth Adventures Tour.

Find out about the links between Tolkien and the Anglo-Saxon world on a guided tour at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village from a member of the Tolkien Society and a Middle-earth enthusiast.

The Anglo-Saxon Village was also a set used in ‘Born of Hope’ a fan film which prequels The Lord of the Rings. The tour, which lasts a little over an hour, concludes with a ‘riddle battle’ like that in The Hobbit.

https://arnor.org.uk/middleearthadventures.html

Discover Newmarket Tours

Tours at the home of horseracing!

From a morning at a racing yard to an afternoon at the National Stud, Discover Newmarket Tours take you behind the scenes where you will learn about the history and heritage of this fascinating, internationally renowned town.

They have a wide variety of tours which run on various dates throughout the year. So, whether you are an avid racing fan or a lover of history, you will find an experience to suit you. Discover Newmarket also offer private options for all their public tours, which means that you can choose a date that suits you best. Gift Vouchers are also available to purchase and make perfect presents to mark that special occasion.

Book now at https://discovernewmarket.co.uk/tours/

Self Guided Trails and Tours - All Year Round!

There are a number of self guided and audio tours available on the Bury St Edmunds LoyalFree App including the Bury St Edmunds Blue Plaques Trail, the Bury St Edmunds Ale Trail, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Walking Stories and much more!

You can download the LoyalFree app for free at www.loyalfree.co.uk/download or simply search ‘LoyalFree’ on the iOS and Google Play Store. For more information visit www.ourburystedmunds.com


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