Day Trip | Bury St. Edmunds


I'm just loving my day trips by train lately. The weather is getting much better, the daffodils are beginning to bloom and it's always fun to explore a new town. Bury St. Edmunds was actually on our list of towns to live in, but due to the drive to work, we decided against it. Nevertheless, it is a fun little town, filled with interesting shops, yummy food spots and of course, a set of gorgeous churches. 

Today, I will show you Bury St. Edmunds mostly in photos and less in words....Van just returned after a long 16 days away and my mind is somewhere in the clouds :)

The Streets of Bury





Bury Abbey Gardens and Ruins
To take a walk through the Bury Abbey Ruins is lovely and guess what, it's free! I can only imagine how stunning this place is in full bloom. The Abbey was once one of the richest monasteries in England until the Dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. It was also the burial place of the Anglo-Saxon king St. Edmund, who was killed in 869 (hence Bury St. Edmund). Mostly rubble remains of the abbey, however the gate tower below is one of two that survived. 




Doesn't this look like two hands pointing toward the sky????


The grounds around the St. Edmund Cathedral are also beautiful. I have always loved old cemeteries..





Next to the St. Edmund Cathedral is St. Mary's Church. I walked in on a whim just to check it out, only to find out that Mary Tudor is buried there! What a nice tourist surprise. I've learned a lot about Mary Tudor since living in England and have now visited two historic Mary Tudor places, the other being Framlingham Castle. Yay me!!

Seems quite simple for a queen
And now for the best part of Bury St. Edmunds....

The Nutshell Pub

I am the world's biggest photographer goof for not getting a horizontal picture of the pub, but it is only as wide as the photo above. The Nutshell claims to be England's smallest pub. The pub measures 15ft x 7ft and is full of oddities that keep your eyes moving the whole pint through. These oddities include currency from all over the world, a dead cat hanging from the ceiling and random works of "art" on the walls. Apparently the pub record stands at 102 people as the most people to fit in the pub. Crazy.
Catherine and I in the corner, pic taken by a fellow patron from the other end of the pub




Well, there's a little taste of Bury St. Edmunds! I actually really adore Bury, except for the smell (I still haven't figured out what it is), and plan on visiting quite often for shopping :)

So what do you think about the dead, dusty cat?

Travel Tuesday
-Jamie

23 comments

  1. I love the "hands" picture! x

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  2. The smell maybe from the Greene King brewery

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    1. Or the sugar factory?? Not quite sure...

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    2. Wiki suggests it's the sugar factory

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  3. In my opinion, no one can do a pub better than the United Kingdom but... that cat is so disturbing and I can only imagine my drunken self looking up at it and having a mini freak out!

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    1. I know right? Although I'm not sure I could hang out and drink for too long on the Nutshell...it's so tiny!!

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  4. Wow that pub looks like my kind of place - love the ceiling of dollars! I do miss proper pubs (especially their food) now I live in the US, even British themed pubs don't hit the mark!

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    1. Oh I bet! I will totally miss British pub food whenever we return to the states :(

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  5. This looks like such a lovely town! I love the houses with the bright red doors, so cute! And that pub looks very interesting, although I'm not so sure about the cat!

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    1. The cat was sooo creepy!! And it needed dusting haha!

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  6. such a charming town! greats shots, dear!

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  7. Looks adorable, I would love to visit that pub!

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    1. It's definitely a must see if you are in the area!

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  8. Okay, the cat is kind of creepy! ;) Glad you're making the most of the mild weather - England's train system definitely makes it easy to go on some great day trips! :)

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    1. This weather has been amazing!! I am definitely learning my way around the trains this spring :)

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    1. It's really lovely and I can only imagine it will become more beautiful as it keeps getting warmer :)

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  10. I love that you are getting out so much by train! I want to be able to eventually get my family a year train pass so that we can just get out there so easily. I have to agree Mary Tudor's final resting space seems quite simple, but how cool to see it in person. Thank you for linking up for Travel Tuesday, and I hope to see your travel post today! x

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    1. I am just loving the trains!! It's so nice just to be able to pick a random town and go visit for the day :)

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  11. Tanja Domijan BlasichFebruary 21, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Hi, i used to work nearby Bury!it's an amazingly charming little town!I see you are in Ely and that you've visited pretty much the same towns in Suffolk as I did!:) I recommend Southwold if you already haven't been!it's a seaside town with stunning&colourful beach huts!I also saw that you are visiting Croatia this summer! I hope you will enjoy your stay since I'm from Croatia!:)bye and good luck with your next trips
    ps. I'm glad I stumbled upon your blog and relieved memories from my time in Suffolk

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  12. Thanks for the recommendation! I'm glad you were able to relive some memories through these pictures :) And yes, hopefully we will be able to make it to Croatia....as long as our moving plans stay the same!!

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