Bury St Edmunds
Centred on its famous Abbey and named after the Saxon king Edmund, Bury has roots deep in the past. Once a site of pilgrimage, the Abbey and the gardens that surround it are an ideal place to while away the hours, though you may little suspect that this was also the site of the world’s first ‘internet bench’, an outdoor, free internet connection installed in the 1990s. Other places of significance in this traditional, but nicely unconventional market town include the Theatre Royal, which is not only a good place to see theatre, but worth seeing in its own right (it was built by National Gallery architect William Wilkins in 1819 and now belongs to the National Trust). As you will discover at the Greene King Visitor Centre, there’s been a brewery here since the 18th century, with few signs that its products are going out of style. Bury also plays host to an annual spring festival, taking place at various venues throughout the town and featuring theatre, film, art, comedy and an incredibly eclectic programme of music ranging from classical to pop.