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Bury St Edmunds

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About Bury St Edmunds

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.

For central location

  • If you want to be in the centre of town, you can't beat The Angel. This historic property has played host to many a famous guest (including Charles Dickens) and now offers contemporary, luxury styling plus a great bar and restaurant.

For families

  • The Ickworth is a wonderfully family friendly escape set within 1800 acres of National Trust park and gardens. The 27 rooms and three suites are well set up for families, and The Ickworth also offers a free creche and babysitting service and there's a fantastic kid's games room, as well as plenty of activities laid on that families will enjoy together. There's also an indoor pool and fine dining to help ease any parental tension.

For luxury

  • Tuddenham Mill is a converted water mill in Tuddenham, just outside Bury St. Edmunds. The decor is spare and modern - think Starck fitted bathrooms and Bose sound systems - and makes the most of the original features. And it's set in 12 acres of swan-strewn pond and meadows.

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.

Best Hotels in Bury St Edmunds

  • The Ickworth 27 rooms from $124

    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.

    Child friendly  -  Prides itself on it's welcome for children. Creche and babysitting available.
    Garden  -  Italianate Gardens.
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
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  • Tuddenham Mill 15 rooms from $163

    Tuddenham, Suffolk

    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.

    Private Hot Tub  -  Book one of the new Nook Rooms for your private outdoor wood fired cedar hot tub
    Sights nearby  -  Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds are close by
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Sawdays
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  • The Angel, Bury St Edmunds 78 rooms from $173

    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.

    Great walks  -  There are numerous places of beauty for walking including Abbey Gardens and Lackford Lakes
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive St Edmundsbury Cathedral
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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