Fancy a Suffolk mini break? Book yourself into one of Bury St Edmund’s refurbished hotels
Hotels in Bury St Edmunds have invested nearly £10million in their properties in the past year confident that the Suffolk cathedral town is set for greater recognition on the UK tourism map and an upsurge in visitor numbers.
A former coaching inn, the ivy clad Angel Hotel started an extensive £750,000 refurbishment of its ground floor in January. Opening this month (April 2019), the new look will draw on the building’s Georgian roots, local history and characters from the past including Charles Dickens, who stayed at the hotel and included a mention in The Pickwick Papers.
The Best Western Priory Hotel has also invested £750,000 in the first phase of its redevelopment programme which is now complete. This includes a new extension housing a bar and lounge as well as the AA rosette Garden Restaurant; the second phase will add a further six bedrooms bringing the total up to 55.
Surya Hotels have invested in the region of £250,000 in their Dragonfly Hotel in Bury St Edmunds, which they acquired two years ago. All 71 bedrooms have been redesigned with stylish décor in shades of rust, copper and burnt orange and the communal areas restyled, while the new conservatory restaurant, Barley + Graze, is offering all day dining from breakfast through to dinner.
Bury St Edmunds first Travelodge, which opened last month, represents an investment of £8 million for third party investors and boasts a drive-through Starbucks bar café just off the A14. Other accommodation providers with plans to upgrade and extend include the All Saints Hotel Spa and Golf Resort on the edge of Bury St Edmunds, which has submitted plans for 70 holiday lodges. The All Saints Hotel site has had a £5 million refurbishment over the past three years.
With over a 1,000 years of history, visitors to Bury St Edmunds have lots to discover. Find out about the town’s role in the Magna Carta, the legend of Saint Edmund, England’s former Patron Saint, and the final resting place of Henry VIII’s sister Mary Tudor, Queen of France.
Admire the magnificent St Edmundsbury Cathedral and stand among the ruins of the 11thcentury Abbey of St Edmund, once one of the most important monasteries in medieval Europe, set in the stunning Abbey Gardens. Explore medieval architecture, Georgian squares, Britain’s last remaining Regency theatre, and discover the town’s literary links to Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Norah Lofts, plus its US connections.
Eat and drink at award-winning restaurants, gastropubs and cafés and shop at independent boutiques, markets and leading high street stores. Bury St Edmunds is also a great base from which to explore Suffolk’s medieval wool towns and Newmarket, the home of British horse racing.
The historic market town currently hosts 829,000 trips annually bringing £49 million to the local economy.
For more information about where to stay and things to see and do in Bury St Edmunds visitwww.burystedmundsandbeyond.co.uk.