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East Anglia Sights

Abbey Ruins and Botanical Gardens

  • Angel Hill Map It
  • Bury St. Edmunds
  • Garden/Arboretum

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This is all that remains of the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, which fell during Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries. The Benedictine abbey's enormous scale is evident in the surviving Norman Gate Tower on Angel Hill, (incongruously, but quite appealingly, overlooked by a row of Georgian houses). Besides this, only the fortified Abbot's Bridge over the River Lark and a few ruins are left standing. There are explanatory plaques amid the ruins, which are now the site of the Abbey Botanical Gardens, with roses, elegant hedges, and rare trees, including a Chinese tree of heaven planted in the 1830s. There's also an aviary, a putting green, and a children's play area.

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Angel Hill, Bury St. Edmunds, IP33 1XL, England

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  • Daily dawn–dusk


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