The historic market town of Bury St Edmunds is a fine place for a long weekend. You can trace its fascinating heritage with top-class attractions such as Ickworth House and Bury St Edmunds Abbey. Stay with us at our Bury St Edmunds hotel and you can also sample the town’s excellent food scene, which is making a name for itself with some of the best restaurants in Britain. The arts scene is soaring as well, with unique venues like the Theatre Royal and The Apex offering top-class options in the evenings. Before you leave, be sure to call in for a pint at The Nutshell; it was formerly the smallest pub in Britain and is just one of the many attractions that help to make Bury St Edmunds so unique.
Things to do in Bury St Edmunds
Places to eat
Sample Bury St Edmunds’ fast-becoming-famous food scene. It’s right up there with the very best in Suffolk and features some of the best restaurants in Britain. We’ve picked out some of our favourite eateries to give you top picks for every meal and hour of the day.
Whether you want a cheeky shandy or a night on the cocktails, take your pick from some of our top nightlife recommendations in Bury St Edmunds. We’ve got great Greene King pubs to tell you about, as well as wonderful wine bars, secret pizza clubs and some excellent countryside gastro inns.
If you fancy some retail therapy, the Arc Shopping Centre is the main mall in Bury St Edmunds. It’s an enormous shopping centre, which dominates much of the town centre, and is home to High Street favourites and popular fashion brands such as Topshop, Joules and Debenhams. It has a good selection of familiar chain restaurants, such as Byron and Wagamama, as well. If you’re after boutique shopping, make your way to Abbeygate Street and the lanes that branch off it. Lastly, if you love a bargain, the Bury St Edmunds Market comes to the Buttermarket and Cornhill on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You’ll find everything from farm-fresh produce to vintage furniture and handmade pottery.
It’s relatively easy to get around Bury St Edmunds once you’re here. It takes just 20 minutes to walk from our Bury St Edmunds hotel to the train station on the other side of town, and less to visit most of the attractions in our local guide. Of course, you can drive or call a taxi. Bury St Edmunds does have Uber, as well as plenty of local taxi providers, A1 Cars being among the most trusted. If you’re travelling by coach, you’ll arrive into the Bury St Edmunds Bus Station on St Andrews Street. By rail, you’ll arrive into the Bury St Andrews Train Station, which sits at the top of town and is on the Ipswich-Ely line.