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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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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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56 reviews 56 reviews
25 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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
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7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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358 reviews 358 reviews
81 attraction reviews
296 helpful votes 296 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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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
44 helpful votes 44 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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