Visiting Bury St Edmunds

As well as the 300-plus stalls at our Christmas market you will find a typical Christmas bazaar in St Edmundsbury Cathedral and a traditional street market in the town centre. put this together with the unique shopping experience Bury St Edmunds offers, and you have a shoppers’ paradise.

Eating and drinking is easy – delicious street food and mulled wine to enjoy while you browse the stalls, quaint cafes and tearooms for home made cakes, award winning restaurants for something more substantial and traditional pubs given a warm Suffolk welcome. Many places are open specially to provide refreshments, seating and toilets during the Fayre.

For further information on what to eat visit ourburystedmunds

Why not extend your visit and stay? Sample an overnight stay at one of our excellent hotels or friendly guest houses in the area. For further details on our wide range of accommodation, Click Here.

For further information about Bury St Edmunds discover Bury St Edmunds and Beyond

For more information and to plan your next trip to Bury St Edmunds, including information on where to stay and what’s on, visit the official tourism website for the Bury St Edmunds area

Surrounded by countryside with 1,000 years of history to explore, Bury St Edmunds offers visitors award-winning restaurants, fantastic shopping, art and culture, and stunning parks.

Take in the views at the only cathedral in Suffolk, the magnificent St Edmundsbury Cathedral, and stand among the ruins of the 11th Century Abbey of St Edmund, once one of the most important monasteries in medieval Europe. Discover the Legend of St Edmund – England’s original Patron Saint, visit the final resting place of Henry VIII’s sister Mary Tudor, Queen of France, and discover the town’s connections with Charles Dickens.

From the story of Saint Edmund and the Abbey to the town’s role in the Magna Carta, uncover a wealth of history and stories on a walking tour with our fun and knowledgeable tour guides. Then visit the town’s museum at Medieval Moyse’s Hall, see the only surviving Royal Observer Corps WWII Control Centre at Bury St Edmunds Guildhall and then find out all about the Suffolk Regiment at their museum. Love shopping? While away, a day exploring the 200 stores that line the picturesque medieval streets and elegant Georgian squares – all within an easy and short walking distance. As well as favourite High Street brands, Bury St Edmunds has a host of individual shops that you won’t find anywhere else. All this plus the modern open street-scape arc shopping centre with its futuristic curved flagship store.

If you love fresh produce and unique gifts, Bury St Edmunds has a twice-weekly award-winning vibrant and bustling market, which is almost as old as the town’s Abbey, and attracts thousands of shoppers every week. Take a break in the award-winning Abbey Gardens in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, a peaceful haven set among the ruins of the historic medieval abbey. The gardens are internationally renowned for colourful and attractive displays and visitors come from all over the world to see it. Feeling hungry? Foodies will love the mouth-watering and wide selection of restaurants and cafes each with their own unique atmosphere, and with tasty treats that cater to all budgets you will not be leaving Bury St Edmunds hungry! From fine dining to quality Suffolk home-cooked pub grub, many of the town’s restaurants have awards to their name and use fresh local produce.

For beer lovers, Bury St Edmunds is the home of Greene King which has been brewing beer here for more than 200 years. Take a tour of their brewery and stop by the Greene King Beer Café. Bury St Edmunds is the perfect place to experience delicious real ale and unique craft beer with the Bury Ale Trail. Don’t forget to visit The Nutshell pub, which proudly holds the title of smallest pub in Britain in the Guinness Book of Records.

The town also has some fantastic intimate venues to enjoy theatre, music, dance and anything in between. From the award-winning entertainment venue The Apex , known for its acoustic excellence, to The Theatre Royal, the last surviving Regency playhouse in the country and one of the most beautiful, unique and historic theatres in the world.

Bury St Edmunds bursts with activity all year round. Foodies will love the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival in August, with its top celebrity chef cookery displays, while the Bury St Edmunds Festival in May attracts top artists. With the beautiful medieval wool towns of Lavenham, Long Melford  and Clare , on its doorstep, Bury St Edmunds is truly ‘a jewel in the crown of Suffolk’.

Why not stay longer and enjoy all that the Bury St Edmunds area has to offer? A wide range of places to stay is available for all tastes and budgets, from historic coaching inns and country estates to idyllic cottages and woodland lodges.


For details of what’s on over the Christmas period please visit our What’s On in West Suffolk website

Whats On
Explore Bury St Edmunds

Hatter Street/Whiting Street and Langton Place

Langton Place will be transformed into the St Edmundsbaby Street Fayre with stalls, animals and children’s activities - a great place to relax with your little ones. Many of the shops will be taking part and offering special offers. Shops in this area include bridal wear, designer shoes and independent sportswear. You will also find an independent cinema with special showing during the Fayre

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Risbygate Street

Just a step from the Arc Shopping Centre this street offers a wide variety of specialised businesses including a wine merchant and a specialist craft shops. There is also a number of eating places to be found including Indian, Chinese and Mediterranean.

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St Johns Street

This street will be pedestrianised on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Shops will have special
offers and have ‘pop up shops’ on the pavement. A stage will have entertainment throughout the day.
This street offers everything from bespoke jewellery, real ale, antiques, records and vintage clothes, St Johns Street
is also home to great eating places including traditional pubs, tearooms, and a Fairtrade Café. St Johns Church will be opening for refreshments, left luggage and toilet facilities.

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The Traverse

Here you will find the smallest pub in Britain - The Nutshell, although it may be a little crowded during
the Fayre! The Traverse offers lovely independent stores, including designer fashion, quaint tearooms, traditional
chemist and old fashioned sweets. Performances of music and dance will also take place throughout the Fayre.

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Guildhall/Churchgate Street

A quiet street with medieval buildings and a wide range of businesses. You will find a great coffee and cocktail bar and a traditional pub along with a wide range of service industry businesses

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Abbeygate Street and Town Centre

A street with a cosmopolitan feel – restaurants, coffee shops and eateries galore along with a wonderful array of independent stores including designer clothing, gifts, toys and cards and an Palmers Bury’s oldest department store

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