Bury St Edmunds

Plan your day out In Bury St Edmunds

Whether you're a history fan, a shopaholic or a culture enthusiast, exploring Bury St Edmunds will make your day. There's everything from galleries and gardens to one of Britain's most pint-sized pubs. Visit the Bury St Edmunds and Beyond website for more information.

Bury St Edmunds’ traditional town centre has a range of shops, from well-established independents such as Palmers fashion store to major high street brands including Marks & Spencer, Boots and WHSmith.

Leading from the town centre to the panoramic sweep of Angel Hill, Abbeygate Street is lined with small boutiques, gift shops, cafes and restaurants, including branches of Pizza Express and Prezzo.

You'll find lots more interesting independent establishments along this lengthy thoroughfare. It's the perfect place to browse for unusual gifts or stylish housewares.

Get some intense retail therapy in this destination shopping experience with a great selection of stores, dining and entertainment. Arc Bury St Edmunds is home to over 30 major brands, from Accessorize and Animal to Waterstone's and Wagamama.

Dating back to the Norman era, Bury St Edmunds' traditional street market fills most of the Cornhill and Buttermarket on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Browse for bargains amongst over 80 stalls, selling everything from fruit, veg and flowers to shoes and household goods.

Benjamin Greene began brewing beer at this site in 1799. Now Greene King is the UK's largest pub retailer and brewer. Take a tour of this historic brewery and see how real beer is made, using natural ingredients and traditional methods. You'll also get a brilliant rooftop view of the town.

Visit the Greene King website

This 13th century architectural masterpiece was once the town's civic centre. The exciting new visitor attraction and community hub re-opened its doors in July 2018 after being redeveloped by the Bury St Edmunds Heritage Trust, with support from the Lottery Heritage Fund.

Find out more about The Guildhall

Step into the past in one of Bury St Edmunds' most beautiful heritage buildings. Permanent collections focus on local and social history, including superstitions, witchcraft and the notorious Red Barn murder. Throughout the year there are also a wide range of visiting exhibitions, workshops and talks.

Visit the Moyse's Hall Museum website

If you like your pubs to be snug, this is your kind of place. Listed as Britain's smallest hostelry by the Guinness Book of Records, this tiny tavern has been trading since 1867. Measuring just 15 feet by 7 feet, this bar is full of historical photos and artefacts.

Visit The Nutshell website

Built on the site of an ancient Benedictine abbey, this historic house of worship has evolved over the centuries and became a cathedral in 1914. In 2005, the building was finally completed with a magnificent 45-metre Gothic lantern tower. St Edmundsbury Cathedral's Victorian stained glass is awe-inspiring and the Norman Tower is famous for its rousing peal of 12 bells.

Visit St Edmundsbury Cathedral website

Just down the road from the Cathedral, St Mary's is a hidden gem. One of the largest parish churches in England, it has the country's longest aisle and largest west window. It also houses the tomb of Henry VIII's favourite sister, Mary Tudor, who was Queen of France and Duchess of Suffolk.

Find out more about St Mary's Church

Explore the illustrious heritage of one of East Anglia's most famous fighting forces, from its foundation in 1685 to its amalgamation with the Royal Norfolk Regiment in 1959. Regimental history and soldiers' individual stories are brought to life through medals, uniforms, photographs, weapons, equipment and personal memorabilia.

Visit the Suffolk Regiment Museum website

Independently owned, this cosy little cinema is conveniently situated right in the heart of town. It also has a welcoming, Georgian-style eaterie, No 4 Restaurant and Bar – perfect for a pre-movie meal or drink.

Visit the Abbeygate Cinema website

With brilliant acoustics and stylish natural wood seating, this flexible performance space is located close to the town centre, within the Arc shopping centre. Its varied year-round programme features all kinds of music, from pop and rock to folk, jazz and classical, as well as comedy and dance performances. There's also a café and art gallery.

Visit The Apex website

The Bury St Edmunds branch of the well-known Cineworld national cinema chain is the place to catch the latest Hollywood blockbusters, as well as critically-acclaimed independent or world cinema releases. There are eight screens and several restaurants close at hand.

Visit the Cineworld website

The performing arts faculty of West Suffolk College presents live theatre, music, films and performance art in this versatile space, located in the College's main campus on Out Risbeygate.

Visit the Conservatoire East Theatre

Take in a show at this gorgeous little theatre and you can imagine yourself back in the early nineteenth century. Beautifully restored by the National Trust, the Grade I listed building is the last remaining Regency playhouse in the country, however, the programme is far from dated. The current creative team is continuing a longstanding tradition of presenting new drama, as well as touring productions, music and comedy.

Visit the Theatre Royal website

Walk through the towering Abbey Gate and you're in the former monastery site, now transformed into beautiful gardens, peacefully cloistered from town and traffic. As well as ancient abbey ruins, the six-hectare green space has formal flower beds, a rose garden, a sensory garden and a water garden. Other attractions include a brilliant adventure play area and an aviary.

Find out more about Abbey Gardens

Fancy a walk in the woods? Head for Nowton Park, just a mile or so from the town centre via the Abbey Gardens. Featuring 200 acres of landscaped parkland, it has way-marked circular trails through secluded hollows, wildflower meadows and an arboretum featuring trees from around the world.

Find out more about Nowton Park

Whether you're into artisan Arabica or traditional tea, there's a place that's made for you in Bury St Edmunds. Chains such as Caffe Nero and Costa sit comfortably with independent alternatives, including Harriet's, a classic tea room in the mould of the famous art deco Lyons Corner Houses. The Adnams shop also has a delightful little café.

When it comes to dining options, Bury St Edmunds feels truly cosmopolitan, with everything from quintessentially British hotels and inns to pizzerias, continental-style bistros and Asian fusion restaurants. The Angel Hotel's chic eatery has won two AA rosettes for its modern British cuisine and the Casa del Mar brings a flavour of Spain to the town with its delicious Mediterranean menu.

Need to eat and run? No problem. There are plenty of fast-food options around the town, ranging from fish and chips, burgers and bakery favourites to take-away pizza and aromatic Thai street food at the open-air market.

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