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 10things you must do
when you visit
Bury St Edmunds
Sue Warren, of the tourism brand Bury & Beyond, is our guide
1. Abbey Gardens and Ruins
Relax in the award-winning Abbey Gardens and see the Abbey ruins. In Medieval times, The Abbey of St Edmund was one of the richest, largest and most powerful Benedictine monasteries in England and people came from all over Europe to visit the Shrine of Saint Edmund, the first Patron Saint of England. Edmund’s final resting place is a great mystery; some believe he is buried somewhere within the abbey precincts.
2. Walking Tour of Bury St Edmunds
Uncover scandals, tales and the town’s incredible history on a fantastic walking tour with the experienced Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides and don’t miss their ghost tours October to March!
3. A gastronomic experience
Savour a mouth-watering wide selection of restaurants and cafes in Bury St Edmunds to cater to all tastes. Known as Suffolk's Foodie Town - you will not be leaving Bury St Edmunds hungry! Have a drink or two in The Nutshell, one of Britain’s smallest pubs, and enjoy the Bury Ale Trail.
4. St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Enjoy spectacular and rare views of the town on the Cathedral’s Tower Tour and enjoy a tour of the Cathedral’s history. Take your photo with St Edmund in the Great Churchyard next to the Cathedral where you will find Dame Elisabeth Frink’s statue of the saint!
5. Take in a Show
Experience what it was like to go to the theatre in pre-Victorian times at the Theatre Royal, Britain’s last surviving Regency playhouse, and enjoy artists performing everything from classical music to rock at The Apex. See the latest films and classics at the 1920s Abbeygate Cinema.
6. Moyse’s Hall Museum
Medieval Moyse’s Hall Museum’s ground floor features six Terrible Tales by Terry Deary, best- selling author and creator of the popular Horrible Histories books, and some grisly and gruesome interactive displays for children and adults.
7. Suffolk Regiment Museum
Hear the personal stories of the soldiers of the Regiment told through medals, uniforms, photographs, weapons, equipment and personal memorabilia.
8. Bury St Edmunds Guildhall
Discover the oldest continuously-used civic building in Britain. The Guildhall proudly boasts a World War Two Royal Observer Corps Control Centre – the only surviving room of its kind in the country. Plus there's interactive displays and collections.
9. St Mary’s Church
Discover the final resting place of Mary Tudor, Queen of France and sister of King Henry VIII at St Mary's Church, a hidden treasure.
10. Greene King Brewery Tour
Greene King has been brewing in the town for more than 200 years. Take a ‘behind the scenes’ tour followed by a tasting session in their Beer Cafe.
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  Dominic Seldis is a world renowned double bass player who now lives in Holland
Icall Bury St Edmunds home, which is kind of strange as I have not ‘lived’ there for over 30 years, so most of my memories are formed as a small child. Things like singing in St Mary’s church choir, Rollerbury, Sunday afternoon visits to the sweet shop in the town centre, the car wash at Tayfen garage, Hardwick Heath dog walks, fishing in Ickworth park. The thing that brings it all back every time I visit my fabulous family in Bury is the smell of the sugar beet factory - one sniff and I am a very happy seven year old child all over again!
Kate Hilditch, an Infectious Diseases Pharmacist, now lives near Manchester with her young family
Bury St Edmunds will always be my hometown. Growing up in an RAF family I lived all over the world during my childhood. However, Bury was always our UK base as my mum’s parents lived in Whiting Street. I even managed to attend the Feoffment School for two weeks in 1970. After my father left the RAF in 1975, we moved to Bury, and I went to Culford School until 1979. I then moved away to university and now live in Leeds.
I have such happy memories of
visiting my grandparents in the
town and then living in Bury during the 1970’s. The summers were always hot
Having left Bury in 2003 as an adventure-seeking 18 year old (and finally laying down roots in the suburbs of Manchester) after nearly 20 years away the town still holds a very special place in my heart. Even more so now I have young children of my own and when visiting my parents I feel like I'm getting to know it all over again; the Abbey Gardens as a playground, the charm of the weekly markets and the cathedral’s spire on the horizon as I travel into town. Its’ beautiful architecture and rich history are better appreciated as an adult, but the best thing about it is the feeling I get every time I return. It feels like coming home.
and dry (remember 1976?). We played tennis, bowling and mini golf in the Abbey Gardens, bought records from Andy’s record stall in the market and had coffee in Purdy’s café. Then there were the teenage discos in obscure village halls and underage drinking in the Queen’s Arms.
Now I miss the historic centre of Bury, the vibrant market days, the friendliness of people, hearing the Suffolk accent and the smell of the Greene King Brewery. But I am lucky, my sister still lives in Bury so I am a frequent visitor. As soon as I see the plume of smoke from
the sugar beet factory on the A14 I know I am coming home.
  Self employed HR Consultant Camilla Veale lives in Leeds

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