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Bury St Edmunds Abbey

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Address: 30 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1UZ, England
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+44 1284 757490

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Wonderful abbey ruins in an attractive setting

The abbey ruins are a great place to visit for the family. The garden setting makes for an enjoyable family stroll while the children can , run, climb and play in th efardens and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The abbey ruins are a great place to visit for the family. The garden setting makes for an enjoyable family stroll while the children can , run, climb and play in th efardens and on the apparatus in the children's playground area. There is also an enjoyable walk along by the river. Bury cathedral is nearby for another interesting visit... More 

Thank AthenaSuffolk
Newmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

lovely historic piece of Bury St Edmunds history. Lovely to walk round aswell as visiting the Cathedral.

Thank 457margaret
Suffolk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a lovely place, very tranquil you can wander around the ruins for ages reading the signs but I think it would be more interesting to have one of the guided tours they do in the summer.

Thank Val M
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Nicely preserved gate house, leading to ruins surrounded by a public park, some lovely views of Abbey and Cathedral. No entry fee.

Thank KAW687
Crawley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

In it's day the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds was among the richest Benedictine monasteries in England, until the Dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. Now all that's left are the abbey ruins after much of the remaining materials were left as a convenient quarry for local builders. Very interesting piece of history and well worth a visit, not to... More 

Thank Marty B
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The preservation and upkeep of this ruined abbey is of a really high standard and St Edmundsbury County Council who are responsible for it are to be congratulated. In its day the Abbey Complex was massive, sadly we can now only surmise at what would have been awe-inspiring. If you have a spare afternoon, it is well worth a visit... More 

Thank Stevieboy2013
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

I took my girls here for a little history. Kids were getting out of school and it was fun to see all the students in the park playing. The structures are amazing and historic. It was a fun way to walk around and enjoy some old time culture. There is a little ice cream parlor if you need something.

Thank Karol O
Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

During the Dissolution of the Monasteries the Abbey was surrendered to Henry VIII. The abbey precinct became a quarry for building material for the townsfolk. Today various buildings and boundary walls in the town still show evidence of this plundered stone.

Thank Felixstowe2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

The abbey grounds although very much a ruin give a deep feel for the power and prowess this place once held in the country. The abbey ground gates are very impressive as are the churches in the grounds.

Thank copletuna
Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Ticks pretty much all the boxes. Nicely kept gardens and green spaces, a bit of the river, some impressive ruins scattered over a wide area, delightful surroundings and architecture especially to the town end, public conveniences and even room for an aviary and café. Gives a pleasant route avoiding the roadways too with many outlets allowing short cuts that are... More 

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