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The Abbey

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Address: Samson's Tower, Bury St Edmunds, England
Phone Number: +44 1284 757490
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Wander round the ruins

Nicely preserved gate house, leading to ruins surrounded by a public park, some lovely views of Abbey and Cathedral. No entry fee.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nicely preserved gate house, leading to ruins surrounded by a public park, some lovely views of Abbey and Cathedral. No entry fee.

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In it's day the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds was among the richest Benedictine monasteries in England, until the Dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. Now all that's left are the abbey ruins after much of the remaining materials were left as a convenient quarry for local builders. Very interesting piece of history and well worth a visit, not to... More 

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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The preservation and upkeep of this ruined abbey is of a really high standard and St Edmundsbury County Council who are responsible for it are to be congratulated. In its day the Abbey Complex was massive, sadly we can now only surmise at what would have been awe-inspiring. If you have a spare afternoon, it is well worth a visit... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took my girls here for a little history. Kids were getting out of school and it was fun to see all the students in the park playing. The structures are amazing and historic. It was a fun way to walk around and enjoy some old time culture. There is a little ice cream parlor if you need something.

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Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

During the Dissolution of the Monasteries the Abbey was surrendered to Henry VIII. The abbey precinct became a quarry for building material for the townsfolk. Today various buildings and boundary walls in the town still show evidence of this plundered stone.

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Thank Felixstowe2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

The abbey grounds although very much a ruin give a deep feel for the power and prowess this place once held in the country. The abbey ground gates are very impressive as are the churches in the grounds.

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Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Ticks pretty much all the boxes. Nicely kept gardens and green spaces, a bit of the river, some impressive ruins scattered over a wide area, delightful surroundings and architecture especially to the town end, public conveniences and even room for an aviary and café. Gives a pleasant route avoiding the roadways too with many outlets allowing short cuts that are... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

A most beautiful and relaxing place to visit. Very popular gardens, well laid out and well kept with significant ruins of the Abbey and some modern art. Plenty of seating available too. Delightful.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Well kept gardens - good for a walk after lunch! The ruins are quite large and well maintained. Plenty green open spaces for the kids to play and great for a picnic. Visited on several occasions and never seems overcrowded.

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St Neots, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Splendid ruins showing just how much money the monasteries had, stolen and extorted from the medieval workers. Now they are quiet and a great place to stroll and enjoy a pretty setting. Large area, signs from several areas help you to interpret the ruins. The monks and their masters would hate that and it makes me happy. Easy to navigate... More 

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