Tour Calendar 2019
Every day, April-October
Join one of our ever-popular daily tours of the ancient abbey and historic town of Bury St Edmunds.
Discover 1,000 years of history – from monks and martyrs to Saxon kings and Tudor queens, from talking wolves and Magna Carta to Georgian chic and Mr Pickwick - you’ll find them all in Bury St Edmunds.
Our 2.00pm daily tour runs every day from April to October, with an additional 11.00am tour in July, August and September.
Tours start outside the Cathedral Tourist Information Point on Angel Hill, and last 90 minutes. They are in English and are suitable for all ages and abilities.
Tickets are £6 for Adults (0-16 free) and may be booked online or bought at the Cathedral Tourist Information Point.
A Living Memory of Abbeygate Street
Meet outside the Nutshell public house to explore how the character of Abbeygate Street has changed over the past century. How far does your memory take you back? Our guides have put together a comprehensive record of past shops and the characters who worked in them and will bring the tour to life with pictures that evoke nostalgia. Make sure you contribute your own recollections, so that we can all turn back the clock. You will spend many hours afterwards sharing the stories with your friends.
The weekday tours will appeal to everyone, but those on Sunday will be especially suitable for you if you would not normally undertake a town tour, or if you have challenges arising from mobility, age, isolation or dementia. You can also book to be accompanied by a carer, friend or members of your family. Those with restricted mobility will need to ensure that they can manage to negotiate the non-pedestrianised areas of Abbeygate Street.
Please wear suitable clothing and, in the event of hot weather, make sure you bring water and safeguard against the sun. The tour is suitable for all ages, though children must be accompanied by an adult. If you find 90 minutes too long, you may wish to experience just part of the tour. Adults £6, 0-16 Free.
6pm Weekday Tour
The Ancient Town of Bury St Edmunds
Friday, 9 August
Join us at the Pillar of Salt on Angel Hill for a leisurely summer evening’s stroll through the medieval town of Bury St Edmunds.
When Abbot Baldwin first set about building the abbey church and Benedictine abbey nearly 1000 years ago, he also designed the town to support and enhance it.
We will walk through the ‘medieval grid’, discover some hidden gems, and learn about the relationship between town and abbey.
What happened with the poor after the dissolution of the abbey? Where was the old Saxon town located? Why are there so many Protestant chapels in Bury? These are only some of the many questions that will be answered.
The route is suitable for wheelchair-users (with some narrow pavements) and for all aged 12 and over. 12-16s must be accompanied by an adult. Adults £6/12-16 free.
Bury Ale Trail
Historic Bury St Edmunds is the perfect place to experience delicious real ale and unique craft beer.
When you raise a glass in Bury you become part of an incredible and unrivalled brewing history dating back 1,000 years. In 1086, monks were brewing ale on the site of the Great Abbey using water from Bury’s chalk wells which are still used today by Greene King, one of the UK’s largest ale breweries.
From award-winning public houses to unique bars, there is a great choice of real ale and craft beer as well as live music, beer festivals and quiz nights throughout the year providing something for everyone!
Join us on a 90-minute walking tour to explore the watering holes and history of Bury St Edmunds. We plan to stop for a beer along the way, but please note this is not a pub crawl!
If you wish to arrange a private group tour, at a date and time especially for you, please contact us.
Mark your place in history, share your experience, tell others about your favourite pub, bar or speciality shop on Twitter using #BuryAleTrail.
Tours will run with a minimum of six adults and a maximum of 20. Tickets are £6 each. Meet at the Greene King Beer Café, opposite Theatre Royal, Westgate.
Ghostly and Macabre
Every other Friday, October-March
Join our Ghostly and Macabre Tours, at 6.30pm every other Friday, October-March, to explore the darker side of Bury St Edmunds.
Come with us as we venture out on a dark winter’s night to chill you with tales of ghostly apparitions, foul murders, witchcraft and spooky sights and sounds.
Dare to walk through the haunted churchyard and hear of the dastardly deeds committed there.
Not for the faint-hearted! Adults £6, minimum age 14.