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The Abbey

Samson's Tower, Bury St. Edmunds, England
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Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: The Abbey Gardens is a peaceful haven, just a short walk from the town centre.  The gardens have glorious floral bedding displays and the ruins of... more »
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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319 reviews 319 reviews
69 attraction reviews
237 helpful votes 237 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 NEW

The Abbey is in ruins, carefully protected ruins set amongst wonderful gardens. It was here in 1214 that the Barons met to give agreement to the Magna Carta already endorsed by King John. The Magna Carta laid the ground rules for today's British judicial system. I don't think there is an easy answer as to how you protect history. Stonehenge,... More

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Thetford, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Just a lovely place to visit especially first thing in the morning when there is nobody about. There is still something about these lovely ruins which says peace, quiet and calm

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Desborough, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
20 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This was immaculately preserved and lots of signage explaining what everything was. Well worth seeing.

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Southampton
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

It makes a pleasant change not to have to pay for admission up front and thereby make up for it in voluntary donations. We were very impressed with the interior which features beautiful ceilings and stained glass. It was awe-inspiring and very convenient to the gardens in the centre of Bury St Edmunds which are also free and well worth... More

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London, England
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32 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Highlight of Bury and right in the centre near the shops. The abbey gardens have everything in a compact space: formal flower beds, fascinating ruins to look at of the 12th church with information boards, a sweet river called the Lark, exotic birds and a refreshment point. Highly recommend and it's free of charge!

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worcester
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Occupying central Bury, these remains now incorporate lovely gardens and the Cathedral of St Edmund with its middle ages `church` complemented by its new tower completed 2005. A Guide is a must to explain the abbey ruins, and preferably one for the actual `new` cathedral

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London, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

I think the abbey ruins and surrounding grounds are a magnificent attraction and made even better when accompanied by a guide on one of the 2pm tours that start from the tourist information office ,which is situated just opposite of the abbey gate.I say this because the guide brings it alive by explaining what it is you're looking at and... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

This is a very interesting, historical abbey complex, get a free leaflet from the tourist office, lovely gardens/park with ruins to walk round then visit the cathedral and church all within the boundary of the old monastery

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Lovely place in Bury. Perfect for a lazy walk and a picnic. We will come back with our doggies to enjoy the park.

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Ask anyone from Bury St Edmunds what their favourite place in Bury is and i bet they say the Abbey Gardens. I am fortunate to have travelled a fair bit but this place will always be special. Its pretty big so even in summer you can find a quiet spot to eat some lunch and chill out.

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