The town grew up around the powerful Abbey of St Edmund in early medieval times. For five centuries it was visited by pilgrims from all over the world, coming to worship at the shrine of St Edmunds – the martyred King of East Anglia. Taking a stroll around the centre of Bury is an interesting experience.
Fine facades reveal a wide range of unusual, independent shops offering traditional service and endless inspiration. The twice weekly provisions market is a social event as well as a shopper´s delight, and the dozens of cafes, restaurants and pubs offer the visitor endless choice of refreshments.
In the summer the town becomes a riot of colour with flowers cascading from window boxes and hanging baskets. Small wonder that the town has won so many awards for floral excellence. Bury St Edmunds boasts many attractions including Museums, Galleries, a Catherdal, and Britain´s smallest pub ´The Nutshell´.
Visit Moyes Hall our local history museum, housed in one of England´s few surviving Norman houses. Inside is a fine selction of unsavoury items such as man-traps and stone coffins. By contrast Manor House museum offers a peaceful interlude in a fine Georgian Mansion. Collections of costumes, art, and horology are displayed in these wonderful surroundings.
The third museum is Greene Kings Brewery Museum. The museum´s storyborads, illustrations and artefacts provide great insight into the history and art of brewing the the town.
St Edmundsbury Cathedral built by Abbot Anselm in the 12th century and The Art Gallery are worth a visit. The Gallery was designed by Robert Adam and is popular with lovers of art and architecture alike. The gallery runs a programme of nationally important exhibitions throughout the year. The Theatre Royal is one of the oldest working theatres in the country and one of the few surviving Georgian Playhouses. A thriving programme throughout the year, including many Festival events in May.
Visit www.bury-st-edmunds-go-local.co.uk for more information on Bury St Edmunds.