"BURY ST EDMUNDS" Bury Saint Edmunds by GandalfOnTour
Bury Saint Edmunds Travel Guide: 67 reviews and 165 photos
Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is probably most famous for the magnificent abbey that once used to dominate the landscape in this picturesque area before it was destroyed in the 16th century. It was here where the barons of England met to swear to adhere to the conditions of the Magna Carta. Apart from the ruins there are many super sights to see around the town, many of which are in the historic centre.
The gardens around the ruins of the Abbey are beautifully maintained and it is definitely worth a walk around. The main entrance to the gardens and the ruins is through the famous Abbeygate which once used to open onto the Great Courtyard and was the secular entrance to the Abbey.
The vast ruins of the abbey give you an impression of just how big the Abbey once was, apparently it was the largest Abbey in Europe at some 500 feet long and 200 feet wide. It is of similar proportions to the famous Ely Catherdral. Wandering through the ruins is probably the best way to appreciate what once was.
- Pros:interesting, striking and charming
Of all the things in Bury St Edmunds I was most taken with the ruins of the old Abbey. Just walking among the broken... more travel advice
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