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Address: Samson's Tower, Bury St. Edmunds, England

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The ruins of the Abbey are set in very attractive gardens. Overall the area is very well kept and the ruins are being well maintained. The Abbey in its heyday must have been a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Aspley Guise, England, United Kingdom
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Aspley Guise, England, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

The ruins of the Abbey are set in very attractive gardens. Overall the area is very well kept and the ruins are being well maintained. The Abbey in its heyday must have been a remarkably large and impressive construction. Today it's very pleasant to stroll around the gardens and ruins. There's also a cafe in the grounds attached to the... More 

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York, South Carolina
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21 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

To see the old ruins of the Abbey compared to the new Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds is a very interesting contrast. The English gardens surrounding the Abbey's grounds are gorgeous and quite extensive and even I include a children's playground. The grounds of the Abbey are quite spacious and are lovely to stroll about in and are only minutes... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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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
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11 helpful votes 11 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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Kesgrave, United Kingdom
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219 helpful votes 219 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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Andover, United Kingdom
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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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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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52 helpful votes 52 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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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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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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