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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 St. Edmund, East Anglia's last Saxon King who died in 903AD, is buried. The abbey built on top of his grave became one of the most powerful medieval monasteries in Europe and today is 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.

Things not to miss:

  • The big hitter here is the former monastery and burial site of the town's namesake.
  • Even after the dissolution of the abbey the town flourished, the regular markets are worth a visit and reflect the bounty of the region's agricultural production.
  • If beer is your thing, Bury St. Edmunds has two breweries, the Greene King is right in the centre of town.
  • Visit the modern Gothic styled cathedral.
  • In the evening take in a play at the Theatre Royal.
  • 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 offers a free creche and babysitting service. There's a fantastic kid's games room, as well as plenty of activities laid on that families will enjoy together. An indoor pool and fine dining will 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. Set in 12 acres of swan-strewn pond and meadows.

For a private apartment or cottage

  • Explore the options are our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • London Stansted (40 miles) is the best option for those looking to fly to Bury St. Edmunds.
  • Having a car to explore Bury St. Edmunds and the surrounding area is really useful, so we recommend visiting our online partner Rentalcars.
  • Not famed for hot weather, Bury St. Edmunds is at its best from May to September when temperatures generally sit in the high teens.

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    Best Hotels in Bury St Edmunds

    • The Ickworth 27 rooms from £95

      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 £125

      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 £133

      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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    • The Northgate 10 rooms from £185

      Bury St Edmunds (Bury Saint Edmunds)

      The Northgate is a lovely 5* property in the market town of Bury St Edmunds. It boasts ten sophisticated and classy yet understated accommodation in creamy hues, each different from the next. Superb food and a chef's table, plus a cocktail bar. Upmarket yet unassuming - one for romantics.

      Local markets  -  Bury St Edmunds Market, open on Saturdays and Wednesdays, is one of the town's main attractions
      Great walks  -  Go for a picturesque stroll along the River Lark just 200m from The Northgate
      Sights nearby  -  Head around St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Thetford Castle or Hedingham Castle
      Full of character
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