AROUND AND ABOUT
You will no doubt wish to explore the local area during your stay
with us and below are some suggestions to guide you.
Bury St Edmunds is known as ‘The Jewel in Suffolk’s Crown’. It has an interesting mix of Medieval and Georgian architecture and is home to Suffolk’s only Cathedral.
The central Abbey Gardens contain the ruins of the once vast 11th Century Benedictine Abbey. The Theatre Royal is the only surviving Regency Theatre in England whilst the modern ‘Apex’ is a great new venue for music and entertainment. In addition to the Cineworld Complex there is also the Abbeygate Cinema which is independently owned and offers
a great choice of food, film and drink.
The town hosts many Fairs and Festivals including the Bury St Edmunds festival in May, the well-known Christmas Fayre at the end of November and the East Anglia Beer Festival in April to name but a few. It is also the home of the Greene King Brewery.
The old part of the town has smaller, independent shops and hosts a traditional street market twice a week, dating back to the days of William the Conqueror. The modern Arc Shopping Centre is a magnet for many.
The beautiful Suffolk Coast can be accessed for the day and includes Dunwich
(with the RSPB reserve, Minsmere), Orford, Aldeburgh (and Snape Maltings), Thorpeness, Woodbridge, Southwold and Walberswick. There are also some pretty inland towns including the mediaeval towns of Lavenham with its famous Guildhall and Long Melford. Parts of Norfolk and Essex (Constable Country) are readily accessible. Thetford Forest and High Lodge with its outdoor activity programme and forest trails are within easy distance. The University town of Cambridge is a distance of 32 miles (45 minute drive) and hosts a wealth of wonderful architectural buildings and art galleries including the Fitzwilliam Museum. Ely with its
famous cathedral is just north of Cambridge. The famous horse racing town of Newmarket
is 17 miles down the road for those wishing to attend race days and evening meetings.
There are many Historic Houses in East Anglia and those within easy reach include:
Ickworth House, Melford Hall, Kentwell Hall, Euston Hall, Oxburgh Hall and Wimpole
Hall to name a few.
For those interested in visiting gardens we can suggest Helmingham Hall, Beth Chattos Garden, RHS Hyde Hall, Wyken Vineyards and Angelsey Abbey famous for its winter garden.
Places to eat out are many and varied. Excellent independent restaurants and pubs in Bury St Edmunds include 1921, The Angel Hotel, Maison Bleu, Pea Porridge, The Northgate, Mings Oriental, Voujons, CASA, Zen Noodle Bar, The One Bull and The Old Canon Brewery.
Further afield there is The Leaping Hare at Wyken Vineyards, The Great House in Lavenham and the Coach House in Onehouse. Local pubs include The Dog in Norton, The Fox and Hounds in Thurston, The White Horse in Whepstead, the Cadogan Arms in Ingham and The Packhorse in Moulton. Further recommendations
are available on arrival.