Bury St Edmunds
Why not leave the car at home and explore Bury St Edmunds by train?
Bury St Edmunds is the place for you if you’re a fan of history and culture. Chic independent shops, a historic cathedral and numerous great restaurants are just a few of the attractions found in Bury St Edmunds. You’ll even find The Nutshell, which at just 15ft by 7ft is officially the smallest pub in Britain.
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Bury St Edmunds has some extraordinary architecture. It was once home to one of the most powerful monasteries in medieval Europe, the remains of which can be found in the flower-filled Abbey Gardens, there are also the majestic St Edmundsbury Cathedral, and West Stow, an ancient Anglo-Saxon village to explore.
Home to exclusive, unusual and independent stores lining medieval streets Bury St Edmunds has an ever expanding choice of retail therapy making it a shoppers paradise. From clothes to kitchenware, chic shops, cafes, bars and restaurants abound, while the arc is Bury St Edmunds’ latest shopping outlet, with well-known high street names.
Food and drink
Fancy a little light refreshment? Why not pay the famous Greene King Brewery a visit? As one of the UK’s most prolific brewers, it’s the brewers of Abbot Ale -you’ll be sure to find Greene King beer in many of Bury St Edmunds’ pubs.
The twice-weekly award-winning market has fine regional fare from fish and meats to cheese and breads, fruit, vegetables and flowers. For a reviving break there is an excellent choice of cafés.
Venture further into the centre of Bury St Edmunds and you’ll find Moyse’s Hall Museum, a beautiful medieval building in which you’ll find everything from medieval jewellery to portraits by England’s first professional female painter.
Bury St Edmunds also boasts Britain’s only surviving Regency theatre, The Theatre Royal, and The Apex, a fantastic live music venue that has been played by the likes of John Williams, Eddi Reader, and From The Jam.