An Insider’s Guide to Bury St Edmunds

View of the Cathedral from the ruins in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England.

If you are looking for a country weekend away, or just an interesting place to visit in England, the town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a great place to look into. Having lived here, I know it is a friendly town that brims with character and welcomes visitors from all around the world.

Bury St Edmunds town centre is small, with cobbled roads and plenty of quaint, thatched cottages that create a medieval atmosphere. There is a market held almost every Sunday in the town square, which gives the place a quaint, cozy feel that many seek to experience when travelling England. There in the square, you can also find the smallest pub in the whole of England – The Nutshell. The pub is a fun town landmark and a good spot to head to if you want to sit outside and enjoy a drink on a Summer night. No matter what, it makes for a great photo because it truly is tiny!

Of course, Bury St Edmunds also offers the beautiful Abbey Gardens, home to the well-preserved ruins of a 14th century Monastery that is entirely open to be explored. Bury is the burial place of Saint Edmund, who was killed around the 800s. Behind the Cathedral is a large expansive cemetary, in which you can find a statue that marks Saint Edmund. Interestingly, the town also used to be a pilgrimage site.

As you travel to the outskirts of the town, you will find a multitude of rural walks to get a real taste of the great English countryside. Nearby you can also reach Thetford Forest, which is an amazing place to hike (remember to cover up though – ticks have been known inhabit). Bury St Edmunds is near the Suffolk coast, with the beaches of Felixstowe, Great Yarmouth and Southwold a stones throw away. England’s East Coast generally has a different charm to other areas along the English coastline – think pebble bays, a stony sea popular with seals and little sea-side chip shops – and Bury is a fantastic base to explore it from.

The town has a train station and some public transport links, but it is much easier to navigate the different places around it via car, as some cannot be reached by public transport. The town itself is small enough not to really need a car and actually, it can be quite confusing and difficult to drive in when right in the centre.

Bury St Edmunds is a lesser-known English gem, perfect for those looking for rich history, culture, a short break or a taste of small-town life!


4 thoughts on “An Insider’s Guide to Bury St Edmunds

  1. Used to be dead as a doornail in this town but now it’s full of students and has really come to life.


  2. My auntie has been there for over ten years and we’ll be going to stay with her in summer for the first time. She said they have the head of the Red Barn Murderer in their Museum in town and a book made of his skin.

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  3. You forget how many lovely places there are in the UK. Later on this year myself and friend are doing a road trip around the Britain just going to follow are noise and Bury St Edmunds will definitely be on the list.


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