St Edmundsbury Cathedral Ickworth House, Park & Gardens The arc shopping centre The Theatre Royal West Stow Country Park & Anglo Saxon Village

Helpful Hints for your visit to Bury St Edmunds


Places to see

Bury St Edmunds Market
Bury St Edmunds Market
Every Wednesday & Saturday More info>>>

St Johns Street , Bury St Edmunds
St Johns Street

Bury St Edmunds Cathedral
Bury St Edmunds Cathedral

Gardner tending the Abbey Gardens
Abbey Gardens

Debenhams store in the arc complex
Debenhams at the arc

Bury St EDmunds Cathedral
Bury St Edmunds Cathedral

The Nutshell , smallest pub in Britain
Nutshell Public House
The smallest pub in Britain

View of Abbeygate Street
Abbeygate Street

When visiting somewhere new there is always something you wished you had known, visited or seen!
Below you will find a list of helpful hints which will help plan your visit to Bury St Edmunds and make your stay more enjoyable.

  1. Parking is free in all our short term car parks after 3pm every Tuesday and the Lower Baxter Street car park is free from 8am – 10am every Wednesday, ideal for picking up bargains from our street market.

  2. Coaches can drop off and pick up on Angel Hill, close to the Cathedral & Abbey Gardens. Coaches must then park at the Lorry Park on Rougham Hill near the A14 Bury East exit postcode IP33 2RU

  3.  Our street market is one of the largest in East Anglia and is on every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year. We have over 70 stalls selling everything from local produce, fresh bread, cheese, kitchenware, clothing and much more.

  4. The town is famous for its floral displays and judging for the ‘In Bloom’ competition takes place in July so you know that the gardens will look their best. The Abbey Gardeners are always busily working on the flower beds and love to answer your questions so don’t be afraid to ask what that plant is!

  5. Bury St Edmunds Tourist Information Centre

    Charter Square
    Bury St Edmunds
    IP33 3FD

    Sat Nav IP33 3DG
    01284 764667
    email link
    web link
    Opening times:
    Monday-Saturday:10.00am 5.00pm

    Bury St EdmundsTourist Information Points

    Moyse’s Hall Museum
    Bury St Edmunds
    IP33 1DX
    01284 706183

    web link
    Opening times:
    Mondays-Saturdays 10am-5pm
    Sunday 12pm-4pm
    Cathedral TIP
    Angel Hill
    Bury St Edmunds
    IIP33 1LS

    web link
    Opening times:
    Monday-Saturday:10.00-5.00 pm,
    Sunday 11.30 am to 4.00 pm
    Bury Town Council
    Town Council Offices
    7 Angel Hill
    Bury St Edmunds
    IP33 1UZ

    web link
    The office is normally staffed between 9am and 4pm Mondays to Fridays but commitments may mean that the office is unattended during these periods
    Bury St Edmunds Library
    Sergeants Walk,
    St Andrews Street North
    Bury St Edmunds
    IP33 1TZ

    web link
    Opening times:
    Monday 8.30am – 5.30pm
    Tuesday 8.30am – 7.30pm
    Wednesday 8.30am – 5.30pm
    Thursday 8.30am  – 5.30pm
    Friday 8.30am  – 7.30pm
    Saturday 08.30am  – 5.00pm
    Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm

    Tourist Information Centres/Points closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day

  6. If you are short on time and do not want to miss anything why not take one of our guided tours. The walking tour leaves the Tourist Information Centre at 2pm daily from May to September. No need to book, just turn up beforehand. Excellent value at £5 for adults, £4 concessions and accompanying children are free.

  7. The Cathedral has regular free lunchtime recitals on Fridays during the summer – a great place to relax and listen to some excellent music.

  8. Bury St Edmunds is great for shopping and has a mix of independent traders and high street names. Visit St John’s Street for over 40 different independent shops, Hatter Street for excellent cafes and the Abbeygate Picturehouse Cinema, the arc for big name stores and the award winning apex concert venue. Finally don’t forget about Abbeygate Street with over 15 different cafes, bars, restaurants and tearooms to choose from there is something for everyone’s taste and pocket.

  9. Once you have visited the Cathedral don’t forget to walk a little further along and see St Mary’s Church. This Church is the third largest Parish Church in England and has an amazing Hammer beam roof. Henry VIII favourite Sister – Mary Tudor is buried here and her tomb is directly in front of the high altar. There is usually a volunteer on duty between 10am – 3pm who will impress you with their wealth of knowledge.

  10.  When visiting the Abbey ruins you will see the remains of the High Altar. This is where the Barons met in 1214 and took an oath to force King John to accept the Charter of Liberties later known as the Magna Carta. In 2014 Bury St Edmunds will celebrate its 800th anniversary with many exiting events planned.

  11. No visit to Bury would be complete without finding and trying to get in the Nutshell. With a bar that measure just 15ft x 7ft the Nutshell proudly holds the title of smallest pub in Britain as confirmed in the Guinness Book of Records. Now a major tourist attraction for local and worldwide visitors, The Nutshell continues the tradition of serving some of the regions finest ales, and providing a bar not just full of customers, but interesting historical items, photos and memorabilia. I hope you have found this hints and tips helpful but if you discover anything we have missed please let us know as we would love to add it to our list. Email

Bury St Edmunds Tourism Group :  The Apex : Charter Square :  Bury St Edmunds: Suffolk : IP33 3FD - Sat Nav Code IP33 3DG