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Welcome to Bury St Edmunds

An ancient, market town in the heart of Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds is ideally placed to visit and explore the surrounding countryside and coast of East Anglia. Currently the town in daling with the Coronavirus Pandemic. To read about past pandemics read here

Eating in Town

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Bury St Edmunds has become a very 'foody' town.There is a restaurant to suit every taste and pocket. Many also provide takeaway and delivery services.

Pubs in town

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There is a wide variety of public houses in town. Many are traditional, free houses, providing real ale; while others belong to one of the local breweries. Exploring the local hostelries will be rewarding.

Places to visit in town

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Bury St Edmunds has a unique town centre, a grid layout designed by a French abbot. Most of the places to visit are close together interspersed with pubs, restaurants and independent shops. The town is full of character and a delight to stroll around.

Entertainment and Activities in town.

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A variety of venues await the visitor to town. Whether you are interested in sport, films, theatricals, auctions or just escaping the usual routine, there's a place to suit you.

Taxis

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There are two taxi ranks in town: outside the Corn Exchange and outside the railway Station. Taxis and minicabs are licensed.You would be wise to book your taxi, because at certain times they are very busy and minicabs must be booked.

Public Transport

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Bury St Edmunds has regular direct public transport links by road and rail to London and other cities throughout the country. The stations are easy to access and tickets may be bought in person or online.

Vehicle Hire

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You are able to hire, cars, vans, cycles and mobility vehicles from the town centre.

Eating out of town

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Within a short drive, you will discover a wide variety of places to eat. Beautiful country pubs and restaurants, many with log fires and gardens, together with hidden gems in village centres ensure that you will find a venue to suit your taste.

Places to visit out of town

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Situated ideally for exploring East Anglia, the rich heritage of the district, added to the natural beauty of the area, provide you with a rich variety of places to visit. whether you spend a day or a couple of hours exploring.

Entertainment and Activities out of town

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You will discover many seasonal and permanent events and activities within easy reach of the town.Cultural, sporting, agricultural and artisan interests are catered for.

Useful Information

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Some of the organisations which you may wish to contact for information or service.

Takeaways

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Editor's Notebook

Bury St Edmunds is a centre for music. I took this image on a Wednesday market day in March. All our street musicians are very well respected and supported. The music comming from this gentleman and his harp was a sheer delight. For many years we were honoured by Les, a clarinettist, who had lived in a forest in the West Midlands with his brother after the Second World War. He did farmwork to buy his firsr musical instrument. Les started his musical career as a street musician outside the Corn Exchange in Bury St Edmunds. He told me his first earned coin simply rolled down the street. The landlady of the Nutshell Pub retrieved the coin and gave him an old bar mat for people to put their coins on. A portrate of Les is to be found in The Abbey Hotel in Southgate Street.

The following web-sites contain lots of relevant information that will help you enjoy your stay in Bury St Edmunds.

Whats on Sponsor The Abbey Hotel and Apartments

Whats on Sponsor The Abbey Hotel and Apartments

You could be forgiven when you enter The Abbey Hotel if you thought it was one of the country's great houses. The Hotel and Apartments dating back 800 years and mostly original offers just that in the centre of Bury St Edmunds. Rooms are large, comfortable chairs and modern facilities. See the website and reserve your room by contacting The Abbey directly on +44 (0)1284 762020. We are delighted to give the Million Places edition of Visit Bury St Edmunds our support and hope you find it useful.

Upcomming Concerts of The Bury St Edmunds BACH CHOIR

Upcomming Concerts of The Bury St Edmunds BACH CHOIR

A real treasure for the town, the choir was established in Bury St Edmunds in 1932. Over nearly nine decades it has performed the principal works in the choral repertoire, including of course the great works of Bach.

Bury St Edmunds FILM SOCIETY

Bury St Edmunds FILM SOCIETY

We are a friendly local film society that welcomes anyone who enjoys going to the movies. In partnership with The Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds, we screen up to 15 films from September to May each year. We enjoy first-class projection facilities including an extra large screen for that BIG MOVIE effect! We have exclusive use of a bar, which opens at 6.30 pm, prior to film screenings which start at 7pm on Sundays.

The Fat Cat Comedy Club

The Fat Cat    Comedy Club

Every month the Fat Cat Comedy Club presents three (sometimes four!) comedians from the national and international comedy circuits, many are new faces, some are rising stars, and a some are old friends paying welcome return visit due to their unbridled popularity.

Bury St Edmunds TOUR GUIDES

Bury St Edmunds TOUR GUIDES

Your visit to Bury St Edmunds wouldn't be complete without a guided tour of our historic town. And who better to show you round than the Bury St Edmunds Registered Tour Guides, a highly-trained team who have earned the right to wear the coveted Blue Badge or Green Badge symbols of tour guiding excellence.

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre

The Christmas Fayre 2020 is cancelled.

Whats On at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Whats On at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

The Apex is an award winning venue in Bury St Edmunds with a very full program including live music, both classical to jazz, folk to pop/rock, comedy, family entertainment &much more. An art gallery with frequently changing exhibitions and a cafe. The apex can be hired for wedding parties and conferences.

Upcoming at The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Upcoming at The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is a vibrant 200-year-old theatre located in the beautiful Suffolk town of Bury St Edmunds. First built in 1819, it was restored to its Regency design in 2007 and as a Grade 1 listed building is the only theatre in the National Trust portfolio and the last working Regency playhouse in the country.

Exhibitions and Events at the Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds

Exhibitions and Events at the Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds

The stories of 800 years of Bury St Edmunds heritage are woven into the very fabric of the Guildhall - the oldest continuously used civic building in Britain. Monks, monarchs, merchants and miscreants have all played their part in this fascinating tapestry of time. Now a vibrant centre for exhibitions and events in the town.

Brewery Tours at The Greene King Westgate Brewery

Brewery Tours at The Greene King Westgate Brewery

Join us on a Greene King Brewery Tour to see how real beer is brewed using natural ingredients and traditional brewing methods.

Concerts and Tours of St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir

Concerts and Tours of St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir

St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir currently numbers approximately 90 members drawn from Bury St Edmunds and its surrounding villages and as far afield as Ipswich, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

Films and Events at The Abbeygate Cinema

Films and Events at The Abbeygate Cinema

Welcome to our delightfully charming and unique cinema located within the heart of the historic sector of Bury St Edmunds.

Whats on at Moyses Hall Museum

Whats on at Moyses Hall Museum

Steeped in history, Moyse's Hall has looked out over Bury St Edmunds market place for almost 900 years. Situated in a beautiful medieval building.

Whats on at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Whats on at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

St Edmundsbury Cathedral is at the very centre of the town. The building was the parish church of St James before being enlarged to become the cathedral in 1914 and only recently completed. As well as a place of worship there is a very full program of events.

Whats Screening cineworld cinema

Whats Screening cineworld cinema

Multiplex cinema chain showing the latest international blockbusters. There is ample parking at the rear of the cinema and opposite on the Parkway car park.

Whats Happening at The May Festival

Whats Happening at The May Festival

10 days of great music, theatre, film and exhibitions in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Bury Folk Festival at Nowton Park Walled Garden

Bury Folk Festival at Nowton Park Walled Garden

Music-lovers can look forward to a great day out this summer, as the 6th Bury St Edmunds Folk Festival once again brings its own brand of magic to the town. The one-day event will be on Saturday 27th June 2020 in the walled garden at Nowton Park, a delightful place to relax and enjoy high-quality live music. With craft stalls, children’s activities, music workshops, hot food and a bar with local real ales, this promises to be a wonderful day for the whole family.

Activities and Events at Nowton Park

Activities and Events at Nowton Park

Nowton Park is 200 acres of landscaped Suffolk countryside. There is something for everyone. For sports enthusiasts there are football pitches and to keep children entertained there is a large play area.

Upcoming event at the Hunter Club

Upcoming event at the Hunter Club

We are dedicated to supporting local creative performers and artists, we provide a much-needed, fully-equipped venue for independent promoters including Washing Machine (indie/alternative), Headhunters (jazz), Argentine Tango, Don’t Go Home Crying (punk/metal) and Toonteen Industries (acoustic/punk), and comedy market (comedy club) We are also proud to provide facilities for numerous youth and community projects/events

Whats on at the Anglo-Saxon Village at West Stow

Whats on at the Anglo-Saxon Village at West Stow

With extensive indoor galleries and a stunning recreation of an Anglo-Saxon village, West Stow is a fascinating and enjoyable day out for all the family, come rain or shine.

Events at The Athenaeum

Events at The Athenaeum

The Athenaeum is one of the towns most iconic buildings. Purpose-built in the early 18th century as the 'Assembly Rooms', the locals could gather to attend various social events; not that far removed from its use today...

Haughley Park Events

Haughley Park Events

Set in 250 acres of beautiful Suffolk parkland, Haughley Park is a privately-owned country estate with a sweeping driveway, landscaped gardens and stunning Jacobean manor house at its heart. Within the well-kept grounds sits the popular Suffolk wedding venue, Haughley Park Barn, and the estate hosts regular public events throughout the year.

Bury St Edmunds Beer Festival

Bury St Edmunds Beer Festival

Bury St Edmunds Beer Festival is held 0n 22nd to 25th April 2020 in the arc, IP33 3DG. Opening Times, Admission Prices are on the website where you may also buy TICKETS.

Waterstones Events at the Arc Centre

Waterstones Events at the Arc Centre

Waterstones began in 1982 under the aegis of its founder, Tim Waterstone. Over the decades that have followed, we have grown to become an icon of the British cultural landscape, employing over 3000 superb booksellers across over 280 bookshops.

Town Council Facebook Page

Town Council Facebook Page

Bury St Edmunds Town Council are responsible for this Facebook page which is very useful covering the town and surrounding area. 'Bury St Edmunds and Beyond' is the official brand of the Town Council.

South Suffolk Show

South Suffolk Show

“The South Suffolk Show is a one day agricultural show regarded by many as one of the leading shows of its type in the eastern region…” Next year’s show date will be Sunday May 9th 2021

Ickworth House & Park-National Trust

Ickworth House & Park-National Trust

Humble beginnings. You can trace Ickworth's origins back to the Domesday book when it was merely one of hundreds of assets belonging to the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds. Its association with the Hervey family began three centuries later in 1432, when Thomas Hervey acquired the land by marriage.