West Suffolk offers a snapshot of England through the ages; from the first English settlers at West Stow to the stunning Georgian architecture of Bury St Edmunds.
There are so many fantastic guided walks and tours that will help you to explore the area. We’ve offered a selection below, but you can also head to Visit Suffolk and Walking in Suffolk for more information.
From April to October you can join one of the daily tours taking place in Bury St Edmunds. Discover 1000 years of history as you are shown around the ancient abbey and historic town. These tours run daily at 2pm from outside the Cathedral Tourist Information Centre and an additional tour is added at 11am in July, August and September.
Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides also host a number of other tours throughout the year including the Bury Ale Trail – a 90 minute walking tour exploring the watering holes of the town (stopping for pints along the way!). The guides offer seasonal tours to coincide with the Bury St Edmunds Festival and Suffolk Day.
The Ghostly and Macabre Tours run every other Friday at 6.30pm from October to March. You’ll be chilled to your bones by the tales of murders, witchcraft, ghostly apparitions and spooky sights.
The Theatre Royal is the last surviving example of a working Regency playhouse in the country, and we are lucky enough to have it on our doorstep! The National Trust allows the public to explore behind-the-scenes during fascinating and lively guided tours. The tours run from February to November on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11am, and last approximately 75 minutes.
The annual Suffolk Walking Festival takes place between May and June each year and hosts over 100 guided walks. Check the Suffolk Walking Festival website for forthcoming festival events.