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Living in Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds Cathedral

In this guide we go over everything you’ll ever need to know about living in Bury St Edmunds; from discussing the beautiful Abbey Gardens to the ratings of the schools to where to get some retail therapy, this guide holds all the answers to you questions and more!

Getting to Know Bury St Edmunds
Property Prices in Bury St Edmunds
Bury St Edmunds Crime Rates
Neighborhoods in Bury St Edmunds
Living and Leisure in Bury St Edmunds
Where to Stay in Bury St Edmunds
Flying from Bury St Edmunds
Hospitals in Bury St Edmunds
Top 10 Things to do Whilst in Bury St Edmunds

 

What and where is Bury St Edmunds?

In the countryside rich with over 1,000 years of history sits Bury St Edmunds, the home of the original patron Saint of England, Saint Edmund. A once magnificent and famous pilgrimage for all to visit is now better known for its historic market town, glorious St Edmundsabury Cathedral and stunning surrounding Abbey Gardens in which stands the ruins of the Abbey of St Edmund.

More locally referred to as ‘Bury’, Bury St Edmunds is located in the West Suffolk and is strongly associated with brewing, malting and a British Sugar production factory which produces Silver Spoon Sugar.

 

What is the population of Bury St Edmunds?

With an estimated population of over 41,000, Bury St Edmunds is definitely a popular place to reside. With an estimated 77% of the population consisting of those under 65, Bury St Edmunds is definitely a place for young families, young adults and those looking to settle down in a quieter setting.

 

What is the average house price in Bury St Edmunds?

The overall average value for a property in Bury St Edmunds is currently an estimated £332,489 however the average price paid for properties is an estimated £303.904. This is an overall -2.34% (£7,965) decrease in market value for properties in this area over the last 12 months.

Detached Houses

The average market value for a detached house in Bury St Edmunds is currently £438,406 whereas the average price paid was only £397,878, overall the current market change was a +2.50% (£10,712) increase in market value over the last 12 months.

Semi-detached Houses

The average market value for a semi-detached house in Bury St Edmunds is currently £274,811 whereas the average price paid was only £260,976, overall the current market change was a +5.43% (£14,149) increase in market value over the last 12 months.

Terraced Houses

The average market value for a terraced house in Bury St Edmunds is currently £238,815 whereas the average price paid was only £249,939, overall the current market change was a +0.54% (£1,353) increase in market value over the last 12 months.

Flats

The average market value for a flat in Bury St Edmunds is currently £185,908 whereas the average price paid was only £176,137, overall the current market change was a +3.18% (£5,723) increase in market value over the last 12 months.

 

What is the average rent in Bury St Edmunds?

The average overall rent for a property in Burt St Edmunds is £1,066pcm. More specifically, the average rent for a single room is £557pcm, the average rent for a flat is £944pcm and the average rent of a house is £1,815pcm.

Average Rent Prices by Room

Number of RoomsAverage Rent (pcm)
One Bedroom£764
Two Bedroom£986
Three Bedroom£1,171
Four Bedroom£1,815

 

Is Bury St Edmunds a nice place to live?

A survey by Rightmove in 2019, named Bury St Edmunds the ‘Happiest Place to live in the East of England’. After conducting a survey of the population that assessed factors such as: safety, neighbour friendliness, local services and community spirit, Bury St Edmunds claimed the title.

Is Bury St Edmunds a safe place to live?

Throughout the year of 2019 5,620 crimes were reported to local Bury St Edmunds authorities. This was a +1.35% increase in crime reported from 2018 (5,545), this shows that although there is a higher crime rate over the last 2 years there has not been a drastic rise in crime, but rather has stayed somewhat consistent.

However, from the survey conducted by Rightmove suggests that the residents of Bury St Edmunds do not feel that the town is unsafe or crime ridden but in fact the opposite.

YearNumber of Crimes reportedPercentage change from previous year
20195,620+1.35%
20185,545+1.2%
20175,479

 

What are the Best Neighbourhoods in Bury St Edmunds to Live In?

The heart of the town is home to most of the homes that resemble another period, so if you are looking for character and little quirks then have a wonder round the town centre. For every type of home possible and in every size, take a look down streets such as College or Whiting street. This might be where you find your perfect family home.

If you are looking for those Victorian streets there’s a great neighbourhood south of Newmarket Road and on the west side of town, here you’ll find all the classic Victorian influences possible and might discover a real gem.

 

Living in Bury St Edmunds

Getting around

By Rail

There is a central train station in Bury St Edmunds within walking distance of the town centre, with smaller stations dotted around for access across the whole town. From the central station you can catch trains to all of the biggest cities and towns in the area. Ipswich takes only 40 minutes, with places such as Cambridge and Colchester taking around 85 minutes.

By Car

The A14 allows you to reach Ipswich, Colchester and Cambridge within the hour, or if you fancy a trip to London by taking the M11 you shall reach your destination in just under 2 hours.

By plane

The closest commercial airport to Bury St Edmunds is London Stanstead, which will take you just under the hour to reach by car or a little over two hours by train. This airport flies to most major cities in Britain and Ireland and caters to many different holiday goers with a vast array of holiday destinations. For the full list of flight destinations out of London Stanstead, click here.

Schools

There is a vast range of different schools within the radius of Bury St Edmunds, 47 primary schools, 15 secondary schools and 12 schools/colleges that cater for 16 to 18 year olds. The schools range from privately funded, religious and public schools so there is something that will suit every family and child.

6 of these schools received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted, 30 of which receive a ‘Good’ rating, 7 received a ‘Requires Improvement’ rating, and 1 received an ‘Inadequate’ rating.

Landmarks and History

One of the best known features of Bury St Edmunds is The Abbey Ruins. The Abbey of St Edmund was one of the richest, largest and most powerful Benedictine monasteries in England during Medieval times. Inside this grand Abbey was the shrine of St Edmund, the first patron saint of England. This shine became one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in England and was often visited by the wealthy and even royalty.

Another centrepiece of Suffolk also is found here, Bury St Edmunds is home to Suffolk’s only Cathedral. 2020 has marked 1,000 years of history for the cathedral. The Abbey of St Edmund was built to house the remains of Edmund, King of the East Angles (St Edmund) after his death in 869 at the hands of the Vikings. St James’s Church was built in the precincts of the Abbey at a similar time, becoming a cathedral in 1914.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Like any well-established town Bury St Edmunds has array of dining experiences ranging from pub grub to fine dining and everything in between. There are many different establishments to suit every visitor’s needs and wants.

Bury St Edmunds are not only famous for their beautiful Abbey and Cathedral but are also well known for their many festivals year around.

Named the best Christmas Market in the UK by TripAdivsor’s Holiday Lettings, the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre is surely a sight to behold. With over 300 stalls encasing the town centre and abbey gardens, it is the perfect location to pick out the perfect gift whilst listing to live music and watching street entertainment.

Looking for an explosion of taste, foodies might prefer to visit Bury St Edmunds during the August Bank Holiday. With over 100 stalls, farmer’s market and demonstrations from top chefs the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival is absolute paradise.

If you have more of a green thumb, then the Whitsun Fayre may be right up your street. During the last bank holiday in May the town centre is turned into a utopia of colour with plants, flowers, produce stalls and even an urban beach! Filled with fun events such as a mini farm, Punch and Judy shows, fairground rides and even an astronomy workshop – there is enough to occupy the whole family!

Shopping

Nestled within the picturesque medieval streets and exquisite Georgian squares, lays the modern luxury of retail therapy. Lined with over 200 well-known stores and brands you could easily spend the day having a leisurely stroll through whilst discovering an abundance of independent and individual shops that can’t be found anywhere else!

 

Where to Stay in Bury St Edmunds

All Saints Hotel

4.5 stars on trip advisor with 603 reviews

2 miles away from the centre of historic Bury St Edmunds, sits the All Saints Hotel. A perfect location for whatever the occasion, this hotel features a recently opened U Thyme Spa with seven treatment rooms, a spa lounge and exclusion relaxation room allows for a quiet tranquillity whilst only a short journey away from the hustle and bustle of the town.

All the rooms are equipped with modern décor, blackout curtains, walk-in-shower and bed of all a comfortable king-sized bed.

 

Premier Inn Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Hotel

4.5 stars on Trip Advisor with 885 reviews

  • 34 Restaurants within 0.3 miles
  • 13 Attractions within 0.3 miles
  • Great spot for walkers with a Trip Advisor walking score of 88 out of 100, meaning that you can easily reach all many attractions by a short walk.

Ideally placed for those who loved to be completely immersed, restaurants, bars and location attractions are never more than a couple of minutes away, making your holiday a breeze. And after your long day of exploring the town and culture, you can relax in the standard super-comfy Hypnos bed watching your favourite shows on the Smart TV.

The Angel Hotel

4 stars on Trip Advisor with 1,514 reviews

  • 89 Restaurants within a 0.3 miles radius
  • 31 Attractions within a 0.3mile radius
  • Perfect place for walkers with a Trip Advisor walking score of 100 out of 100, meaning that you can easily reach all many attractions by a short walk.

Situated in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, this Georgian ivy clad 4 star hotel and restaurant brings an urban chic twist to this historical town. After a long day of exploring the cobbled streets and ancient architecture, you can relax in a place of exotic grandeur that mirrors the eccentric oddities and vintage touch that the rest of the town revels in.

 

What’s the Closest Airport to Bury St Edmunds?

The closest airport to Bury St Edmunds is London Stansted. Take the A14 slip road to Newmark and merge onto the A14 westbound, from there continue onto the M11 and continue to follow the signs until you reach your destination. This journey should take an estimated 55 minutes.

 

What’s the Closest Hospital to Bury St Edmunds?

The closest hospital to Bury St Edmunds is the West Suffolk Hospital. This public hospital provides accident and emergency services, maternity care, oncology and palliative care services.

 

Top 10 Things to do in Bury St Edmunds

  • Greene King Brewery
  • Abbey Gardens
  • St Edmundsbury Cathedral
  • Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
  • West Stow Country Park and Anglo-Saxon Village
  • The Apex
  • Nowton Park
  • Abbeygate Cinema
  • Bury St Edmunds Market
  • The Abbey

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