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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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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

My husband and I went to The Abby for our Anniversary. It was a nice quiet time Sunday-Tuesday. We basically had the resort to ourselves. They had renovations going on but we didn't hear anything! The staff their were wonderful! We had dinner at the resort and the hostess treated us to desert for our Anniversary. We were full from... More

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Elma, Washington
19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Gorgeous untouched ruins, beautiful gardens, a cemetery that bears wandering (carefully along the paths), and a fully functional abbey - all contribute to make this a must see. There is also a meandering small river/stream and a well marked location where it is believed the Magna Carte was first agreed upon. The bells that ring periodically are lovely and evocative.

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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75 attraction reviews
265 helpful votes 265 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

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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14 attraction reviews
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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20 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
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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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32 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
71 helpful votes 71 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
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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