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|
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?