Surrounded by sprawling gardens and alive with bustling market streets, educational museums and historical landmarks a plenty, Bury St. Edmond’s, a small market town situated in Suffolk has become a hot destination for not only holiday makers but local families looking for their next adventure day out.
To honour Bury St Edmonds in all its glory, we thought we’d take a look at the top 5 things for you to do the next time you find yourself in this quaint town.
Market day. Held in the Buttermarket and Cornhill, Bury St Edmond’s’ Market dates back to before the days of William the Conqueror. This vibrant and bustling market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays and attracts thousands of people every week!
With more than 80 stalls on Saturdays and 60 on Wednesdays, this market has everything you could ever need – Not only is there a wonderful array of foods you can also find everything from authentic Italian shirts, Portuguese pottery, vintage clothes and colourful plants and flowers.
Perfect for a day trip, and don’t worry; there is enough going on to keep the children busy for hours! If you would like to visit this historic market town, click here.
Abby Ruins. The Abbey of St Edmund, once one of the richest and largest Benedictine monasteries in England, allows you to be transported back in time as you explore these impressive ruins.
According to the official tourism website, ‘The site became home to the remains of the martyred King Edmund in 903 and the acquisition of such a notable relic made the monastery a place of pilgrimage as well as the recipient of numerous royal grants’.
The remains are extensive and include the complete 14th century Great Gate and Norman Tower, as well as the impressive ruins and altered west front of the immense church.
St Edmundsbury Cathedral. This is Suffolk’s only Cathedral and for over 1,000 years has been the site 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 Cathedral is open to visitors between 8.30am and 6pm every day throughout the year and is the perfect place to soak up rich history, whilst having a fun day out with the family. You can find out more about guided tours at the Cathedral here.
Abbey Gardens. These gardens are the perfect setting to walk or cycle with the family where you can take in the picturesque parks, woodland and meadows of the Abbey Gardens open space!
Situated in the heart of Bury St Edmonds, ‘The award-winning 14-acre park is on the site of a former Benedictine Abbey, once a power house of medieval England. Internationally renowned for its colourful and attractive displays and the heritage of its backdrop make the gardens a very special place to visit and visitors come from all over the world to see it’. Click to learn more about the Abbey Gardens.
Greene King Brewery. And at last, but no means least, a visit to Bury St Edmonds would not be complete without visiting the famous Greene King Brewery.
According to the official website, this leading UK brewer has been, “crafting fine British beers from the historic Westgate brewery since 1799, where their brewers use locally malted barley, water from 1,000 year old chalk wells and more quality ingredients in all of their famous brews. You can find their beers in the traditional pubs that Greene King runs in and around East Anglia, as well as in many of their 3,100 pubs, restaurants and hotels in cities, towns and villages located across the UK.”
The tour includes a trip up to the roof for one of the best panoramic views of the market town and finishes with a tutored beer tasting in the Greene King Beer Café – Perfect!
If you would like to organise a trip to this world famous town, or wish to join us on our day trip to the bustling market on Wed 8th November 2017, please do not hesitate to contact us!