St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds
For over 1000 years, St Edmundsbury Cathedral has been a site of worship and pilgrimage. Today, Morning and Evening Prayer is still held in the Cathedral throughout the year, and thousands of people flock to Bury to take part in the special services, or to explore the amazing history of this historic building.
The death of Edmund, King of the East Angles, at the hands of the Danes in 869 led to the building of an abbey to house his remains. St James’s Church was built within the precincts of the Abbey, becoming a Cathedral in 1914.
There are approximately 100 special services in addition to 960 regular services every year.
The monks in the mediaeval Abbey were replaced after its closure in the sixteenth century by choirs of men and boys. Today, that tradition continues at St Edmundsbury Cathedral and has been expanded to include several choirs numbering over 100 young people and nearly 50 adults.
The Cathedral is open daily from 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. There is no charge for admission but donations are always welcome.
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Bury St Edmunds