Bury St. Edmonds is a beautiful town that has lots of shopping options without being too big or busy like Cambridge or London. The Abbey is here which has links to the Manga Carta. Charles Dickens spent a lot of time in this town. He frequently stayed at the Angel Hotel pictured below. Let’s find out more about this town.
There is every major store you can thing of besides Primark. There is H & M, TopShop and all of the major grocery stores like Tesco, Waitrose and Aldi’s. Most of the shopping is in the town centre. There are also two other areas where the “superstores” are. There is a PC Curry’s for electronics, The Range which is the closest thing to Walmart and B & M which I’m not really sure what it’s like but it’s awesome and you should check it out! There are also Farmer’s Markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
There is a Laser Tag arena, trampoline park, parks and beautiful walking paths such as in the Abbey Gardens. Of course every town has a recreation centre. There are also many events in Bury like the Christmas Market, festivals, or a pantomime at the Theatre Royal. You can also watch the latest films then have a late dinner. Most eateries close at 10pm. As I touched on a bit earlier, there is some history in this town to explore. There is the Ickworth House and various spots in town that have historical gems such as a bench given to the town by the bases to show appreciation to Bury during the war.
There is a bus and train station. Find out details here. The buses pretty much can get you anywhere however. If you are fairly close to town centre it is pretty easy to walk where you need to. As far as driving, it can get busy in the mornings, during school pick up times and around 5pm as people are getting off of work. I have found there are not very many cyclists or buses on the road which makes it easier to navigate around in my opinion.
There are a wide selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants in Bury St. Edmunds. They have the smallest pub in the UK called The Nutshell. All of their pubs serve Greene King beer from their distillery right in Bury. If tea is your drink of choice there is the world famous Harriet’s Tea House or the Angel Hotel for a proper English tea (imagine that said in the world’s worst English accent of course). Both have a wide selection of teas and good food. However, my all time favorite is Bailey’s 2 though not as elegant or had Charles Dickens grace them with his presence. I’m talking about you Angel Hotel. There are several cafes such as Really Rather Good or Lotties Artisan Waffles & Coffee. If you you’re just wanting a nice lunch or dinner you can go to one of the various restaurants like Ming’s if you’re wanting Chinese, Amigos for Mexican or Francela for Greek or Byron’s for a proper burger. There are also several food trucks on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There are lots of takeaway or delivery options as well such as Pizza Hut. There is no lack of food options in this town.
There is no shortage of things to do in Bury St. Edmunds! Consider this town to be your home for your stay here if you love the bustling city life with a small town feel. Please share your thoughts on Bury and what hidden gems you have found if you’re in or have been in the UK.