This attractive market town has existed since at least Saxon times and is probably most noted for its impressive abbey ruins. You can find a good range of hotels in Bury St. Edmunds catering to different budgets, from affordable contemporary accommodation to luxury historic hotels.
The Abbey and Cathedral
Once you've checked into your hotel, make some time to pay a visit to Bury St. Edmunds' magnificent abbey. It was one of the most influential monasteries of the Middle Ages, although like other monastic centres, it was dissolved by King Henry VIII in the 16th Century. See the beautiful 14th-century Abbey Gate and the Norman Tower, and have a stroll through the picturesque Abbey Gardens for a little quiet contemplation.
Bury St. Edmunds' St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, which also dates back to medieval times, was originally occupied by 11th-century St. Denis' Church. Since the 15th century it has been altered on multiple occasions, and today it is a fine example of Gothic Revival architecture.
Book a Show at the Theatre Royal
This charismatic Regency theatre is one of Suffolk's leading entertainment venues, having remained largely unchanged since its opening. Well within reach of Bury St. Edmunds' hotels, it organises numerous theatre shows, concerts, comedic performances, pantomimes, and other fantastic live events from some of Britain's leading performers.
Other Places of Interest in Bury St. Edmunds
See quaint St. Mary's Church, which has stood for more than 800 years and is one of England's largest parish churches. On a warm, sunny day, have a relaxing picnic at nearby Bradfield Woods, a glorious ancient woodland with hundreds of flower species.
Further Afield in Suffolk
Hotels in Bury St. Edmunds make a great base for day trips to the historic racing centre of Newmarket, where you can visit the National Horseracing Museum, a superb exhibition of horse-racing memorabilia. You could also take a short drive southwest to Stowmarket, another fine market town that is home to the Museum of East Anglian Life and the impressive Gothic St. Peter's and St. Mary's Church.
Don't forget, with WiFi access available at all Bury St. Edmunds hotels, you will have no trouble researching local places to eat out and other attractions online from the comfort of your accommodation.