Bury St Edmunds
Where is it?
The market town of Bury St Edmunds is situated just off the A14, approximately 25 miles from Ipswich and Cambridge, just over 40 miles from Norwich, 80 miles from London and for just an hour away is London Stansted Airport.
Bury St Edmunds is located in the East Anglian Heights and is a thriving Suffolk market town, often referred to as the Jewel in the Crown of Suffolk. With its fascinating heritage and wealth of striking Medieval architecture, picture-perfect Georgian squares and the Cathedral and Abbey Gardens, there is little surprise it’s a highly sought after location.
A brief history
Bury St Edmunds began as an Anglo Saxon settlement called Bedric’s worth. In the 9th century Edmund was king of East Anglia and, martyred in 869, The Abbey, believed to house his remains, is one of the UK’s important pilgrimage sites.
The town has played a pivotal role in the history of Magna Carta and last year the Lincoln Magna Carta came to Bury St. Edmunds as part of the plans by the town’s Magna Carta 800 committee.
In 1799 Benjamin Greene moved to Bury St Edmunds to establish his own brewing business, over 200 years on these brewing and malting facilities make Greene King one of the world’s leading pub and brewing companies. The sugar beet factory (where Silver Spoon sugar is produced) was built in 1925 and remains a key employer for the region.
Over the years the settlement has grown to the bustling market town it is today.
What to do?
Nestled in the heart of Suffolk, there’s plenty to do from visiting the Cathedral and medieval quarter of the town to a stroll around the famous Abbey Gardens. A true theatre-goer’s delight, Bury is home to the only remaining Regency Theatre in England.
A popular destination for tourists and locals thanks to its array of shops, eateries and historic tourist attractions. It’s a town proud of its great mix of independent boutiques and national brands. Residents and tourists head to the weekly outdoor markets every Wednesday and Saturday, with over 80 stalls offering fruit and vegetables, clothes, hardware, flowers and fresh seafood.
For culture head to Moyse’s Hall Museum(c. 1180) with its collections of fine art and Smiths Row, a contemporary art gallery, exhibiting contemporary art and craft by British and international artists.
Excellent educational institutions from Primary through to University level provision make this an extremely desirable location.
Where to visit
There’s endless local attractions and an array of neighbouring villages and towns to cater for all needs. A mere 12 mile car journey will take you to the famous wool town, Lavenham noted for its 15th-century church and half-timbered crooked houses that line the narrow streets. For those with an interest in horse racing, less than 16 miles away is Newmarket, known as the headquarters of thoroughbred breeding, racing and training. Just over an hour away by car there’s numerous seaside destinations and of course, the Norfolk Broads, home of scenic waterways and rare wildlife.
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