Bury St Edmunds
Once described as "the nicest town in the world" by historical traveller and politician William Cobbett - Bury St Edmunds today remains a picturesque market town with a warm and welcoming sense.
Eat, drink and be Bury...
There's lots to explore in this Suffolk town. From award-winning restaurants, to a range of shops, culture and green open spaces.
Perhaps most famously for this town, known locally simply as Bury, is The Abbey. Founded more than 1,000 years ago it was once one of the largest and most powerful Benedictine monastaries in England. Now its ruins lay in the heart of the town, destroyed by Henry VIII in 1539 to demonstrate the power and control of the king.
At the opposite ends of the town is the The arc Shopping Centre, opened in 2009. It has a range of high street chains, whether that be shops or eateries. There's also an outside space here which sometimes has public entertainment or attractions.
Heading back towards The Abbey is the town's market square, which a large range of shops, local businesses and restaurants.
The town mixes its history with its cultuure. A Christmas Fayre takes place each year, with a Christmas market at the St Edmundsbury Cathedral. The town also has a cinema and theatres, making it a fantastic spot for an evening out.
Fancy culminating your day in Bury St Edmunds with a taste of the country? Ickworth, part of the National Trust, is less than five miles from the town and offers a neoclassic building in gorgeous parklands.