Bury St Edmunds Info
The market town of Bury St Edmunds has a strong history and heritage providing many attractions for visitors. The town is also a retail and cultural centre for the West Suffolk area with great shopping and a strong art scene.
Just two hours from London, the town's centre combines medieval architecture with large Georgian squares and gardens. The remains of the abbey and the beautiful gardens surrounding it are a popular attraction, along with the large cathedral. As well as the Moyse's Hall Museum, the oldest building in East Anglia, built in 1180, Bury St Edmunds also has the last remaining Regency theatre in England, the Theatre Royal, built in 1819. Meanwhile the award winning market and shopping centre provides some of the best shopping in West Suffolk.
Bury St Edmund's history extends into sport with the town being home to Bury Town FC, the fourth oldest football team in the UK, currently playing in the premier division of the Isthmian League. A second football team, Team Bury, also represents the town in the Eastern Counties League and the Suffolk County Cricket team often plays home games at the Bury Cricket Club. Abbeycroft Leisure Centre has an athletics arena and facilities for most sports.
Bury St Edmunds oldest industry is still the main industry: brewing beer. The town is home to three breweries including Greene King, the largest British brewery. Additionally the town still nods to its manufacturing past in the form of the British Sugar factory which processes the majority of sugar for the United Kingdom under the Silver Spoon brand. Tourism also plays an increasingly important part in the local economy.