About Bury St Edmunds
Bury St Edmunds is an historic town with links going back to Magna Carta which is reputed to have been drafted here in 1214. It has many historic buildings and streets, a busy market and a huge variety of shops and restaurants which have been recently expanded with the addition of the new Arc Shopping Centre located on the old Cattle Market.
Bury St Edmunds was once the capital of East Anglia and the town and surrounding area are full of history. This lovely medieval market town has a warm and friendly atmosphere throughout the year and its crowning glory is believed to be the Cathedral of St James, which boasts a magnificent new tower constructed to celebrate the Millenium.
Dating back to before the days of William The Conquerer, the provision market in Bury St Edmunds was one of the most successful traditional street markets and it survives today having over eighty stalls. It takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the Cornhill and Buttermarket area in the very heart of the town centre.
The Abbey Gardens are beautiful public gardens surrounding the ruins of the Abbey, with a prize-winning record. Stunning bedding displays between May and September set the tone for the annual Bury in Bloom campaign. The Gardens include a host of ducks, a children’s play area, aviaries, tennis courts, putting, a bowling green, a teashop and a riverside walk leading towards a local nature reserve known as No Man’s Meadows. There is a tea shop and ice cream kiosk. Free admission.
The principal museum in the town is located in the medieval building of Moyses Hall in the main market square with the Art Gallery being located in the Market Cross building designed by Robert Adam close by.
There is a Museum celebrating Greene King’s two hundred years of brewing in Bury St Edmunds.
There are many excellent schools in the area, the town being well served with Primary, Middle and Upper Schools. In addition the private schools of South Lee and Moreton Hall, both of which are prep schools, together with Culford School (4 miles distant) are well known in the area. Further excellent private schools include Framlingham College and Orwell Park, the latter being close to Ipswich.
The town’s historic Georgian Theatre, which has recently been completely refurbished, is generally recognised as being one of the most authentic Georgian Theatres in the country still surviving. Regular productions take place there. As well as the Theatre there is a multi screen cinema and a second cinema within the town as well as an extensive range of night clubs and public houses, together with several first class restaurants.
The historic Angel Hotel overlooks the Angel Hill, one of the finest Georgian squares in the country and still provides high class accommodation today and a first class restaurant. The Angel derives its fame from being mentioned in Dickens Pickwick Papers.