Our Favourite Archaeology in Suffolk – Abbey ruins in Bury St Edmunds

stone ruins surrounded by trees

Greg is an Assistant Historic Environment Record Officer and has been part of the team for the past 6 years. Day-to-day they carry out HER searches and take part in project work.


My favourite site is the ruins of the Abbey in Bury St Edmunds. It represents a tangible connection to the history of the people of Bury St Edmunds and the wider Suffolk community. There is always something new to find, like the stone skull inserted into the wall just inside the abbey gate on Angel Hill.

Built in the 11th century, the abbey became one of the most influential in medieval Europe until its suppression in 1539. The extensive remains of the abbey precinct still survive today, enclosed mostly by its original wall and with the magnificent Abbey Gate built later in the 14th century. 

View of some of the remains of the abbey precinct
Extensive remains of the abbey precinct. Source: Suffolk County Council

Find Out More:

For further information about the Abbey read our blog from rise to ruins.

You can also visit English Heritage for more details.

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