When visiting the historic market town Bury – my only perspective is that I think of ‘The Tale of Two Cities. Not because of any link with the story in the book, just that Bury is unique in having two different areas of the town and feels like a City (or Town rather) with two tales!
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Bury St Edmunds
We are passionate about Supporting High Street retailers at Eastpac. Bury St Edmunds has a great selection of independent retailers in a quaint, relaxed street atmosphere, combined with the modern ‘shopping centre’ area where the chain stores reside. Just for good measure is the historic Abbey and grounds right in the centre where you can relax and enjoy peace.
Shopping in Bury
You really can shop till you drop in Bury. There are over 30 friendly Independent retailers to explore and enjoy. Whist walking up from Angel Hill through Churchgate Street, round to Market Square will cover the main independent shops. Make sure that you don’t miss out the shops on the numerous side streets as you go.
When you need refreshments there are many award winning places to eat and drink including delis, gastropubs and cafes.
In the area
Being in Suffolk, once you have (if you do!) finish in Bury, there is still lots to see and do. You could drive out into the countryside and busy neighbouring towns such as Lavenham or Long Melford. They are known for their beautiful architecture. The Guildhall is a magnificent example of a half-timbered building, and so is most of Lavenham, which is full of excellent, colourful buildings. It is an absolute delight for photographers.
Landmarks in Bury
• The Abbey
Dating from the 14th Century and with links to the Magna Carta, these impressive ruins are steeped in history. You could enjoy the sights that remain, or you can dig and delve into the gaps that are left to find out what did take place on this site.
• Moyse’s Hall Museum
Dating from the 12th Century, the actual building itself has had an exciting and varied past. It now houses a collection of artefacts and documents explaining the history and story of Bury St Edmunds.
Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre held in November has grown into one of the country’s biggest with over 300 stalls in the town centre and Abbey Gardens. With live music and street entertainment, it is the perfect event to pick up unique gifts for friends and family.
Bury Festival is a 10-day exciting programme of music, dance, drama, film, and more. This has attracted the likes of violinist Nigel Kennedy, film director David Puttnam and a host of famous names in the past. Its fantastic lineups with wide-ranging acts mean there is something every year for every taste.
Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival held on August Bank Holiday. With an annual line-up of cooking demonstrations from top celebrity chefs. The chance to taste and purchase food and drink from over 100 stalls, and a popular farmer’s market, this is a food-lovers haven. There are also lots to keep the children occupied with fairground rides, street entertainment, and a mini farm.