We ventured to the town of Bury St Edmunds in search of the smallest pub in England however, we ended up discovering so much more! Bury St Edmunds is an incredible town, 50 minutes drive from Cambridge with so many amazing things to do.
7 ‘Must See’ Things to Do in Bury St Edmunds
We absolutely loved the quaint little town of Bury St Edmunds. We are actually convinced that Bury St Edmunds may be the most beautiful town in England.
Here are 7 Amazing ‘Must See’ Things to do in Bury St Edmunds to help you plan your stay.
1. Visit the Smallest Pub in England
As mentioned above, the reason we visited this town in the first place was to visit the smallest pub in England.
The Nutshell, is not only the smallest pub in Bury St Edmunds but the smallest pub in the whole of England, holding the Guinness Book of Records title.
The pub is well worth a visit while in Bury St Edmunds as it has oodles of charisma.
Only 15ft by 7ft large inside, the pub is tiny but very quaint. We were lucky enough to snag the only table in the whole pub!
Not only is the pub itself pretty darn cool but the bikie bartender who serves behind the bar is quirky and very knowledgable about the history of the small bar.
Hanging from the ceiling of the bar you will see a mummified cat. The bartender informed us that 4-500 years ago live cats were bricked into houses to ward off evil spirits in the town. This mummified cat was found by the bar owner.
Now if that isn’t spooky I don’t know what is!
2. Take a Greene King brewery tour
If you are a true beer lover and the Nutshell has not quite satisfied your ale thirst, you can take a tour at the Greene King brewery.
This brewery has been brewing ale for more than 200 years, making it one of the oldest operational brewery in England.
The tour includes a complete explanation as to the brewing process as well as a 30 minute tasting session at the end of the tour.
These tours are particularly popular so be sure to book in advance if you wish to go! Tickets are £18 each and can be booked via their website.
Cheers to that!
3. Stroll through the quaint laneways
The town is a series of very quaint winding laneways with pubs, tea houses and restaurants galore lining the streets.
If you walk a little further (just outside the city centre) you will stroll upon a pretty residential area with colourful pastel houses – perfect for Instagram shots!
An older man with a huge dog lives in the pink house so beware!
4. Visit the stunning Abbey Gardens
One simply cannot visit Bury St Edmunds without taking a stroll in the Abbey Gardens.
The Abbey Gardens are located right in the very heart of the town so you really can’t miss it!
The picture below shows the stunning Norman gateway used to enter the garden (which is entirely free to enter by the way!)
The Abbey gardens have a long and interesting history. It was once one of the most powerful Benedictine monasteries in England.
Interestingly, the gardens has association with the infamous Magna Carta. In 1214, King John’s discontented earls and barons insisted the King grant them a number of rights. This rebellion resulted in the sealing of the Magna Carta.
King Henry VIII seized the monastery in 1539 and stripped it of valuable building material.
Nowadays, you can walk through the beautiful gardens and admire the pretty flowers and ruins.
Many people take the opportunity to picnic in the garden. There is also a small cafe to buy snacks within the premises.
5. Moyse’s Hall Museum
Want to know more about the history of the city including crime, punishment and mummified cats? Then take a visit to Moyse’s Hall Museum.
This is not your usual, boring museum but something much more quirky and interesting.
The museum has a display devoted to witchcraft, crime and punishment which is very interesting. You can also learn about historical murders and other gory details related to the city.
If you would like to visit it is £12 entry.
6. Visit the St. Edmundsbury Cathedral
Arguably the highlight of the town is the incredible St. Edmundsbury Cathedral.
Despite the cathedral being small, it is certainly one of the most beautiful cathedrals in England and one not to be missed.
The stained glass inside the cathedral is absolutely amazing. Due to its beauty, locals often choose to get married in the cathedral.
There is no entrance fee to visit the St. Edmundsbury Cathedral.
Tip: You can get an amazing view of the cathedral from the Abbey Gardens.
7. Make your own gin experience
We have previously made our own gin at Daffy’s in Scotland so we opted out of this experience.
However, if you haven’t tried your hand at making gin before, we would highly recommend taking the highly rated Adnams ‘Make Your Own Gin’ Experience in Bury St Edmunds.
Getting to make a gin exactly to our individual palette was such a fun experience and one we will never forget.
Where to stay?
There are many great places to stay in Bury St Edmunds for all budgets. Here is where we would recommend to stay:
Want to stay in the most Instagrammable hotel in Bury St Edmunds? This is certainly the Angel Hotel.
As you approach the town of Bury St Edmunds you will be completely wow-ed by the grand exterior of The Angel Hotel.
Let us know if you have been or plan to visit the darling town of Bury St Edmunds in the comments below!