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Bury St Edmunds named as one of six ‘most underrated’ towns in the UK

A Suffolk town has been named was one of the ‘most underrated’ in the UK.

The ‘pretty town’ could lay claim to the title, says the Daily Express – but once you have visited the historic cathedral and ‘charming streets’, it’s likely to ‘you won’t want to leave’.

The newspaper article is based on research by travel site World Atlas, which lists Bury St Edmunds as one of the six most underrated in The UK.

Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds. Picture Mecha Morton
Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds. Picture Mecha Morton

It says visitors should discover the ‘town also hosts a traditional market, held regularly in the historic market square, with vendors selling local produce and crafts’ and that it ‘is undoubtedly one of England's more unusually named small towns".

According to the Express, sights to see in Bury include 11th Century St. Edmundsbury Cathedral and Bury St Edmunds Abbey.

For some light refreshment after the pilgrimage to the holy buildings, visitors could take in a tour of the famous Greene King brewery, the newspaper says.

It adds: ‘Bury St Edmunds' tourist website describes the town as a ‘jewel in the crown of Suffolk’ and boasts being the home of Saint Edmund, ‘the original patron Saint of England’.

The abbey here is the final resting place of King Edmund the Martyr, who was killed by the Danes in 869.

It adds: "Bury St Edmunds is known as Suffolk's Foodie Capital with everything from award-winning fine dining to quality Suffolk home-cooked pub grub each with their own unique atmosphere.

"Shopping in Bury St Edmunds offers plenty of choice with a great mix of fantastic independents and High Street favourites. There are beautiful outdoor places to explore and a plentiful arts scene including theatre, live music, film and art.

In 2019 and 2020 The Times voted Bury St. Edmunds one of the best places to live in the UK, and last year it was ranked by TimeOut as the best ‘hidden’ place for food in the UK.

The newspaper cites Pea Porridge and Maison Bleu as restaurants to visit.

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