Full of history and fascinating architecture, Bury St Edmunds never fails to disappoint the passing visitor; plus there is plenty of shopping to be done here too. So close to both Newmarket and Cambridge, consider your visit as you read our Top 10 Things to Do in Bury St Edmunds.


1) Take them to new heights

Situated in Thetford Forest, Go Ape is a tree-top adventure complete with zip wires, obstacle courses and Tarzan swings to please all. Providing up to three hours of entertainment, everyone is welcome, under 10’s can try the Tree Top Juniors course, specifically designed for children. For the Adult course, a minimum height of 1.4m (4ft 7”) is required for safety reasons. Up for the challenge? Unleash your inner adventurer!

Prices start from £31 Adults, £25 Children. Tickets must be pre-booked via the website.

2) Taken them to an Anglo Saxon village

Built and lived in between 420 and 650AD, West Stow is one of England’s greatest archaeological sites. Fully re-created on the site of the original village, visitors have the chance to discover how their past generations lives. Take a tour around the houses, breathing in the smell of wood smoke as you learn about daily life as an Anglo-Saxon. An introductory video gives you a brief story before you are released to explore for yourselves.

Top tip: Allow up to three hours in order to enjoy the whole of the site; there is a lot to see!

3) Take them to the Theatre

A traditional working theatre in the heart of the market town, The Theatre Royal has a year round programme with something for everyone, including dance, pantomime, musicals and live music performances. Those with an interest in the performing arts may love to take part in a Guided Tour of the theatre, lasting an hour the enthusiastic guides are on board to answer questions and to give you an informative visit.

To see what is being shown in the near future, contact the box office on 01284 769505.

4) Take them to a Brewery

Famous for its beer and their passion for quality brewing, Greene King Brewery takes residence in Bury St Edmunds. There’s been a brewery on site since 1700, learn more about it in the Greene King Visitor Centre. For those passionate for beer, take the tour of the art deco Brew House, watching how real beer is brewed, stored and bottled. You can even see Bury St Edmunds from the roof (weather permitting of course!). Children under 12 are not permitted on the tour. Those aged between 12-18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Tours start at £10 per person, lasting around 1 hour and 45 minutes. For more information please call 01284 714297.

5) Take them to the Cathedral

The stunning building of St Edmundsbury Cathedral stands proud in the centre of the town. Stand inside and marvel at the decoration, particularly the intricate stained glass windows. Oozing history, the building still hold over 100 special services a year as well as 960 regular services, all open to the public. Guided tours run 6 days a week at 11.30am, a valuable experience to learn the religious and architectural background of this area of Suffolk.

The Cathedral is open daily from 8.30am – 6pm. Admission is free but donations are always gratefully received.

6) Take them to a Cookery School

ICE Cookery School on the outskirts of Bury offers a modern cookery experience. The skilled staff, including two Great British Masterchefs, use state of the art equipment and 21st Century techniques to give you a fun, informative and educational course. From evening courses to weekend one’s, cook your way around the world with ICE.

To see a full range of courses, please visit the website. To discuss courses over the phone call 01359 270102.

7) Take them Bowling

A family classic is a trip to the Bowling Alley! Try your luck at 10-Pin Bowling at Bury Bowl as you challenge your family and friends. The 12 lane centre is complete with diner, bar and arcade centre, plenty to do for an afternoon or evening.

Prices start at £6.10 Adults, £4.25 Children. To book a lane please call 01284 750704.

8) Take them on a Hovercraft

Yes you read that correctly! Flo Ridaz Hovercraftoffer an almost futuristic experience for all. Travel along the ground as you glide along in one of the craft, reaching speeds of up to 35 mph, the fastest you will ever do! Work your way around the course, going up hills, round U-bends and around obstacles. Set at Rougham Airfield, there is plenty of space in case you stray off course. Riders must be over the age of 4 years old.

Please note, this activity cannot take place in high winds or rain. Prices start from £20. To check availability and weather conditions, please call 07711 511851.

9) Take them to a Georgian Palace

Set in idyllic English landscape, Ickworth House is a grand and impressive building. Most well known for its Rotunda, the Palace is open to the public for the majority of the year. Stroll the halls and rooms as you step back in time. Experience the 1930’s domestic service in the restored servants’ basement, listening to real stories of former staff. The gardens too are a delight, landscaped to perfection you can easily spend a day here.

Prices start from £12.60 Adults, £6.35 Children. Check the website for opening dates.

10) Take them to a Spa

Who doesn’t deserve a Spa trip once in a while? Clarice House Spa is tucked away from the hubbub of the town, surrounded by tranquil woodland. A variety of treatments are available for all, from massages to facials. Of course you can also enjoy the sauna, steam rooms and 20 metre swimming pool. Be sure to book your lunch, a real treat.

For a full list of treatments and prices please call 01284 705550 or visit the website.

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