Ickworth House, Park & Gardens is just a few miles outside of the town centre. A taste of Italy in Suffolk, this neo-classical mansion was created for Frederick Augustus Hervey, the 4th Earl of Bristol. Set within four square miles of parkland dotted with ancient oak trees, the grand central Rotunda building dominates the landscape. Inside, you can explore the Hervey family’s collection of Georgian silver, Regency furniture, Old Masters and family portraits by Gainsborough and Hogarth.
Greene King Brewery Tour
Greene King has been brewing in Bury St Edmunds since 1799. Join one of the daily brewery tours to take a look behind the scenes of the Georgian building and learn about the company’s rich. With six consecutive Trip Advisor ‘certificates of excellence’ to its name, it’s worth a visit. The tour includes a trip up to the brewery roof, which offers one of the best panoramic views of the town.
Abbey Gardens is a 14-acre park on the site of a former Benedictine abbey. With approximately 12,000 plants and 20,000 bulbs forming the spring display, it isn’t difficult to see why they’ve won the prestigious Green Flag Award on numerous occasions. Highlights include the Appleby Rose Garden, Pilgrim’s Herb Garden and the Water Garden. With the abbey ruins still standing, forming an impressive backdrop, it’s a perfect spot for a picnic on warm days.
The Bury Festival is an important part of Suffolk’s cultural calendar. Now in its 33rd year, it runs between the 18th and 27th May. Spread across various venues throughout the town, this year promises a varied mix of music ranging from symphonies to reggae, as well as comedy, photography, poetry and a mini film festival marking the centenary of women’s suffrage.