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Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk was once the capital of East Anglia and the town and surrounding are full of history. This lovely mediaeval market town has a warm and friendly atmosphere which combines the old and historic with the facilities of a modern forward thinking town. Convenient for Cambridge and only two hours from London, it is an ideal place to live and work, and is a lovely location for a visit.

Bury St Edmunds is a highly anticipated £100m retail-led regeneration scheme was completed in March 2009. The shopping and residential development, anchored by a flagship Debenhams department store, introduces brand new high street and international brands to the town, including Swarovski, Crew Clothing, Fatface, Animal, Hobbs, Jane Norman, H&M, HMV, Peacocks, Costa and Paperchase.

The Cathedral
Well worth a visit. For over 1,000 years the site of Suffolk’s Cathedral has been one of worship and pilgrimage. The death of Edmund, King of the East Angles, at the hands of the Danes in 869 led to the building of an abbey to house his remains. St James Church was built within the precincts of the Abbey, becoming a Cathedral in 1914.

Theatre Royal
Following two years of extensive and exciting restoration, the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds re-opened on 11 September 2007. Built in 1819, this Grade 1 listed playhouse is the only surviving example of a Regency theatre in this country. It is the only theatre open to the public in the National Trust’s portfolio of properties. Now fully restored its extraordinarily intimate auditorium and exquisite decorative scheme will provide visitors with an unforgettable and unique theatrical experience.

The Athenaeum
Is a wonderful recently refurbished Grade 1 listed building with a Georgian chandeliered ballroom ideal for special occasions such as wedding receptions and celebration dinners, located in the centre of Bury St Edmunds. With a number of additional rooms it is also perfect for conferences and seminars.

Abbey Gardens
Steeped in history the gardens offer an excellent day out! The facilities comprise an Aviary, Bowling green, Putting green, Crazy Golf, Tennis courts. Their Sensory Garden was the first ‘Blind Garden’ built in 1990 and was designed to provide interest for the visually impaired through scented plants and herbs. Other points of interest include the Pilgrim’s Herb Garden, the beautiful Water garden and wildlife feeding area.

Heritage and Art Galleries
include: Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Clare Ancient House Museum, The Malthouse Project, Moyse’s Hall Museum, Suffolk Regiment Museum and the very interesting West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village.

Bury St Edmunds is very well connected!

The area is served by two airports.
  • Norwich Airport which is located in Norfolk approximately 45 miles from Bury St Edmunds via the A134, A11 & A140.

  • Stansted Airport which is located 50 miles from Bury St Edmunds, along the A14, A11 and M11, Stansted provides schedules and cut price air travel to a multitude of destinations around the UK and Europe.

  • 2 hours direct service from London King’s Cross or Liverpool St; change at Cambridge or Ipswich.

  • West Anglia Great Northern WAGN runs regular commuter services out of London Liverpool Street and Kings Cross.

  • The Bury St Edmunds & North Suffolk Coast region has excellent road links to all of the UK.
  • The A14 runs through the centre of Bury St Edmunds providing links to the north of England via the A1, or to the South of England via the A11 and M11.
  • The M11 offers a direct route into London, passing the London Orbital M25

    Thanks to Bury Free Press for use of images

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