Bury St Edmunds Cathedral

East Anglia Spotlight: Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds is the perfect getaway for those seeking heritage and culture. Etched with historical sites this medieval town houses an incredible Regency theatre and is home to Suffolk’s only cathedral.

What to do: Visit the Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
Prepare for grandeur at the country’s only surviving Regency playhouse and one of only three pre-Victorian theatres in the country. The magnificent Theatre Royal at Bury St Edmunds was built in 1819 and has a rich and varied history. Still home to fantastic performances the exquisite Grade I listed building is brimming with original features that enhance the audiences theatrical experience. An evening of drama, comedy or music at this beautiful theatre is the ideal way to top off cultural trip to this enchanting market town.

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Where to stay: The Angel Hotel

The Angel Hotel

Treat yourself to luxury at The Angel Hotel. The beautiful suites and sumptuous décor of the rooms are indulgent and welcoming, perfect for relaxing and pampering! The grand exterior of this boutique hotel, with its gorgeous Georgian architecture, is a welcome sight for any guest after a long day exploring. Head below ground to the 17th century vaults under the hotel to a fantastic bar steeped in atmosphere where you can enjoy a drink at in these unusual surroundings.

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Where to eat: Ben's Restaurant

Ben's Restaurant in Bury St Edmunds
For a real taste of Suffolk make a stop at Ben’s restaurant on Churchgate Street. This award winning eatery puts local produce at the focus of its menu and even has its own farm supplying much of its meat! A desire for quality ingredients is clearly at the heart of each dish and it’s a fantastic opportunity to take your taste buds through a culinary journey of East Anglian produce from Suffolk grazed Hereford beef to locally hand-roasted coffee.
Top Tip: For a cosy pint don’t miss the teeny tiny Victorian pub, the Nutshell. This small watering hole claims to be England’s smallest pub and at 7ft x 15ft it’s definitely worth a quick drink!

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Out & About: Bury St Edmunds Abbey

Bury St Edmunds Abbey
The epic ruins of Bury St Edmunds Abbey are a must for any visitor. The iconic medieval remains and beautiful gardens are the ideal back drop to your afternoon stroll as you get to know Bury. This incredible place has a history dating back to the 7th century when it was first a modest religious site but now is not only home to outstanding remains but also plenty more for visitors. From the Appleby rose garden to wildlife feeding area and more there’s plenty to see and do in the Abbey Garden grounds.
Top tip: Don't forget to visit Suffolk's only cathedral located on the edge of the abbey gardens! 

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Nearby must visit: Ickworth House

National Trust Ickworth House

The unusual rotunda of Ickworth House is an impressive sight for visitors approaching the National Trust property. The former servants’ quarters in the basement of the rotunda have been restored for visitors to delve into the historic past of this fantastic estate. The magnificent property is packed with treasures and its vast collections are full of exceptional paintings, sculptures and antiques ready to be explored. The intricate Italianate gardens that surround the rotunda are the earliest of their kind in the UK and the perfect pleasure gardens for guests to enjoy.

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