Bury St Edmunds
Butterfly Hotel isn’t only one of the oldest hotels in Bury St Edmunds but it is also one of the most popular ones. Our guests - both leisure and business travellers - can always count on top quality service, comfortable and well equipped rooms, and fantastic location as the hotel is just a short walk from the historic town centre.
Bury St Edmunds is also referred to as the ‘Crossroads of East Anglia’ because it is literally located in the centre of the road network that connects major towns and cities in this part of England. Cambridge is 25 miles west, Ipswich is 26 miles south-east, while Norwich is 42 miles north-east. London is 82 miles south-west which translates into less than a two hour drive (via M11). Due to its central location, Bury St Edmunds is also an ideal base for exploring the wider East Anglia region.
A Brief History
There are indications of Roman presence in the area but the settlement that would eventually grow into Bury St Edmunds dates only from the Saxon era. In the early 7th century, Sigeberht of East Anglia or Saint Sigebert (ruled c. 629-634) founded a monastery which would become the final resting place of Edmund the Martyr (r. 855-869), King of East Anglia who was killed in the battle against the invading Danes in 869. Edmund’s shrine soon became a place of pilgrimage and the town that developed around the monastery was renamed as Bury St Edmunds.
The Benedictine abbey and the surrounding town flourished until 1539 when the abbey was dissolved. The monks were expelled and Edward’s shrine destroyed - his remains, however, were previously taken from the shrine and hidden. After the dissolution of the abbey, one of the most significant pilgrimage places in England fell into ruins. With the exception of two gatehouses and two churches within the abbey that somehow managed to survive, most of the buildings in the complex became a source of stone for the local masons.
Attractions and Things to See/Do
Bury St Edmunds may not be a large town but it is home to great attractions. The prime attractions are the ruins of the former Abbey of Bury St Edmunds which are now a part of the so-called Abbey Garden. Then there is the British Sugar, Green King Brewery, St Edmundsbury Cathedral and Moyse’s Hall, to mention just a few of the most popular sights in the town which also offers unique shopping experience, fine dining, highly varied entertainment and more.