Pilgrims have travelled to Bury St. Edmunds for centuries, to see where they buried St. Edmund, East Anglia's last Saxon king, who died in 903AD. The abbey built on top of his grave became one of the most powerful medieval monasteries in Europe, and today it's a beautiful ruin surrounded by a peaceful park. The wealth of the market town was fed by the abbey, and many of the buildings in the historic heart of Bury are medieval. Charmingly, some of them are half timbered medieval houses hidden behind graceful Georgian fronts! This historic centre is also where you'll find some of the best places to stay in Bury St. Edmunds.
Even after the dissolution of the abbey the town flourished, its regular markets reflect the bounty of the region's agricultural production. As does the presence in the town of two breweries, one, the Greene King, is right in the centre of town.
Bury St. Edmunds is easily explored in a few days - you'll want to check out its historic heart and the abbey gardens, see the recently built, but Gothic looking, cathedral and visit the Theatre Royal and the brewery. But Bury is also a good place to stay to explore the whole of West Suffolk.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Bury St Edmunds offer something for everyone from familes, to those seeking a romantic luxury escape.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Bury St. Edmunds, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Or widen the net and take a look at all our Suffolk recommendations.
Bury St Edmunds
Family retreat set in 1800 acres of National Trust with amenities to suit all ages. Spa, cinema room, swimming pool and games room to ensure maximum entertainment and relaxation. Complimentary creche and a focus on entertaining children makes this an ideal choice for family getaway. Dogs welcome.
Tuddenham, Suffolk and Essex
Converted watermill with top notch contemporary interiors and a serene pond-side location. Large rooms and beds and walk in showers, excellent food, a comfortable escape from the city.
Bury St Edmunds
Set in the old market town of Bury St Edmunds this is an impressive historic hotel. The rooms are contemporary yet still have a traditional feel. The restaurant serves up high quality British fare. The pretty town and nature parks offer great walks. The perfect weekend getaway.