UK Travel Guide



Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk

A small cathedral town, Bury St. Emunds possesses an interesting history. In 870 AD, the Danes had killed Edmund, the last king of the East Angles. After his death he was hailed as a martyr and was laid to rest in Bury St. Edmund causing the town to become a religious place of pilgrimage.

Proclaimed an abbey in 1032 by King Cnut, the monastery in which St. Edmund was buried in was destroyed by fire in the fifteenth century leaving sparing only the massive gates of the abbey. Near the abbey gates stand St. Mary's Church and the Cathedral Church of St. James. The grave of Mary Tudor is inside St. Mary's where a stained glass window in the church illustrates her life.

Keeping its original eleventh century street plan, Bury St. Edmunds allows the visitor to walk through the streets of the town and experience an authentic atmosphere while admiring the Georgian houses still remaining on Angel Hill.