Bury St Edmunds was once home to the mighty Abbey of St Edmund, an important religious centre after Edmund, last king of the East Angles, was killed in 870 and proclaimed a martyr. His body was moved to Bury St Edmunds in 903, from this point the town was then known as Bury St Edmunds.
The Abbey was destroyed in the Dissolution, but the ruins can still be seen, along with the two remaining gates and you can still visit the ruins today and see the birthplace of the 'Magna Carta'. Surrounding the ruins are the stunning Abbey Gardens that helped Bury to win the Britain in Bloom competition and St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
The town now is a major market and shopping town with old streets and buildings. Bury offers much to see and do; visit the tiny, and newly refurbished Theatre Royal; the Nutshell – Britain’s smallest pub – and the 200 year old Greene King Brewery. Enjoy a concert in the Abbey gardens or even at hall farm nowton, during the acclaimed Festival in May, or simply browse the shops and sights of the traditional market square. Perhaps tour the villages nearby, with their vineyards, mills, churches, shops and antiques You’ll even find an Anglo-Saxon Village at West Stow.