St Edmundsbury Cathedral



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St Edmundsbury Cathedral began life as the parish church of St James and was upgraded when the diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich was created in 1914. Tours are available from just inside the entrance at 11am, May to September, Monday to Saturday. The are also Tower Tours; climb 202 steps to see fantastic views across the town and countryside. Also inside are an exhibition area displaying some of the cathedral’s treasures, and a LEGO recreation of the Cathedral.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Abbey House, Angel Hill, BURY ST EDMONDS, IP33 1LS
Phone : 01284 748720


  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Some parts of the Cathedral have steps so a temporary ramp is required
  • Facilities: Chair lift to Treasury
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, daily 8–6

About the area

Discover Suffolk

Suffolk is Constable country, where the county’s crumbling, time-ravaged coastline spreads itself under wide skies to convey a wonderful sense of remoteness and solitude. Highly evocative and atmospheric, this is where rivers wind lazily to the sea and notorious 18th-century smugglers hid from the excise men. John Constable immortalised these expansive flatlands in his paintings in the 18th century, and his artwork raises the region’s profile to this day.

Walking is one of Suffolk’s most popular recreational activities. It may be flat but the county has much to discover on foot – not least the isolated Heritage Coast, which can be accessed via the Suffolk Coast Path. Southwold, with its distinctive, white-walled lighthouse standing sentinel above the town and its colourful beach huts and attractive pier features on many a promotional brochure. Much of Suffolk’s coastal heathland is protected as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and shelters several rare creatures including the adder, the heath butterfly and the nightjar. In addition to walking, there is a good choice of cycling routes but for something less demanding, visit some of Suffolk’s charming old towns, with streets of handsome, period buildings and picturesque, timber-framed houses.

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