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The Abbey

Samson's Tower, Bury St. Edmunds, England
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Olympia, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The Abbey ruins and lovely surrounding gardens which border the River Lark are definitely worth a visit, particularly in the spring and summer when it is a riot of bloom. We were surprised that flower beds were still maintained when we visited in late October. The history of the Abbey is fascinating and there is a gift shop at the... More

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

just ruins, but somehow this adds to the atmosphere. It is still possible to see the footprint of this enormous building and one can use one's imagination. It holds such an important place in England's Christian and political history.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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269 reviews 269 reviews
64 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

A walk around the Cathedral, Abbey Gardens and the Abbey ruins is a must for anyone visiting this marvellous Suffolk Town, The Abbey ruins and what’s left of the medieval buildings gives an idea of how vast Bury St. Edmunds Abbey was in its day. The ruins are open to the public and can be walked around easily, numerous information... More

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Canvey Island, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

A donation was all that was required, which I thought was very good value for money. You can't visit Bury St Edmonds without visiting the Abbey. Had a spot of lunch in the restaurant which was a little bit like a school canteen, but the foot was tasty, and the price reasonable.

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London, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
45 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

It is only when you read about this place during your visit that you realise how recently it was built. The painted ceilings are quite marvelous to look at. Sadly, you only begin to wonder what marvels there would have been to see in the ancient abbey next door before its destruction. The treasury and refectory in the recently built... More

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Andover, United Kingdom
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113 reviews 113 reviews
32 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The Abbey ruins are well worth a visit, what’s left of the medieval buildings gives an idea of how vast Bury St. Edmunds Abbey was at its height. The Gateways are particularly impressive. This was one of the great ecclesiastical and political centres in the Middle Ages; Magna Carta was drafted here, before being forced on King John at Runnymede.... More

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Recently visited Bury St Edmunds on a beautiful sunny day so the gardens and the Abbey were looking at their best. Well worth a visit, easily accessible to everyone. The flower beds are the best arrangements i have seen for a long time. Also worth a look is the Cathedral next door to the Abbey. No admission costs, Although there... More

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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
25 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

There is lots of information around so you can work your way around the ruins and find out all the history. The setting is stunning the the colourful Abby Gardens and cathedral in the background. Well worth a visit.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

On a sunny afternoon in Bury St Edmunds there is no better place to be then sitting in the Abbey Gardens.

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London, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We took a walking tour (one and a half hours) from the information centre near the Abbey. Brian our guide was excellent and we learnt a lot about the history of the Abbey..

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