One of Suffolk’s most prized jewels, Bury St Edmunds is surrounded by countryside and celebrates more than 1000 years of heritage through its sights and attractions.
For those on a spa day or break in the area, there’s plenty to explore, whilst also being within easy reach of other popular spa destinations (it’s 20 minutes from Newmarket and 35 minutes from Cambridge).
Perhaps most famous for its Abbey ruins and surrounding, award-winning, gardens, built as a shrine to Saint Edmund, Saxon King, the celebrated location gives you a hint of just how much history there is here. A superbly pretty part of the UK, Bury St Edmunds invites you to explore the past, as well as enjoy the present. For example, families delight in the West Stow Anglo Saxon Centre and Country Park on the site of an old settlement that was inhabited from 420 – 650 AD.
Alternatively, you can visit the Greene King Brewery, which has been a working brewery for over 200 years, visit the smallest pub in the UK – The Nutshell, head to the Grade 1 listed Theatre Royal or go to The Gallery for a spot of contemporary art.
Bury St Edmunds is perfect for a romantic spa break or celebrating special occasions, especially if you stay at The Ickworth, a luxurious location within the grounds of the magnificent Ickworth House, Park and Gardens, built by the 4th Earl of Bristol and surrounded by 1800 acres of National Trust parkland. Alternatively, you may prefer Bannatyne Spa Bury St Edmunds, which is ideal for a spa day with friends.