Bury St. Edmunds by day, by night and by morning fog

We were in Bury St. Edmunds to see Bow and Sandra, but didn’t know what to expect of the market town in Suffolk.

Mummy looked at several dog-friendly hotels but thought it was best to stay at The Angel img_0846which is right in the middle of the town centre – across the street from the Benedictine Abbey.
img_0727With Sandra and Bow, we walked across the street and entered the The Abbey Gate img_0880The gate led us into the Abbey Gardens, img_0738where lies the remains of a former Benedictine Abbeyimg_0749The abbey was a shrine to Saint Edmund, the Saxon King of the East Angles.img_0744The abbey was first destroyed by the townspeople in the 14th century img_0881and then largely destroyed during the 16th century.img_0743So much history …img_0740We walked through the Abbey garden and within it are many different gardens – there was the memorial garden and we came across this –img_0877“Teardrop” sculpture img_0879To remember more recent atrocities.

We could see the St Edmundsbury Cathedral from the Abbey gardensimg_0818 So we walked over to look inside.  img_0787 img_0793Oh my, what’s this?  Do I really have to take a photo here?img_0819Why? Because this has something to do with my ancestry? Really, we look nothing alike except that we walk on four legs. Even our tails are different, and my ears are floppy. And I am much smaller.

Sandra told us that this was one of the sculptures from the Bury Wolf Trailimg_0790As we went inside the cathedral – at first Bow and I were being carried but the caretakers of the cathedral told Sandra and Mummy that doggies need to exercise too – that we should walk.img_0817 And so we did, and we posed for a photo.
img_0800And we both lit a candle each and said a prayer for our fellow poo, Izzy who has not found her way home yet.  Always thinking of you, Izzy.  We will always, whenever we can, light a candle in your path to lead you home.

There was so much to look at – but we had just one dayimg_0805We walked over to St Mary’s Church, the civic church of Bury St Edmunds and the third largest parish church in England. img_0808It was part of the abbey complex and is renowned for it being the final resting place of Mary Tudor, Queen of France,  sister of Henry VIII.

There was a lot more we haven’t seen and if we had known, we would have planned to spend more time here, especially if we had known there was going to be a Christmas Carol concert at St. Mary’s the next day.

We returned to the hotel across from the gardens for some rest before dinner
img_0884And we saw this plaque – img_0728 Charles Dickens was at The Angel while giving readings in the nearby Athenaeum and the hotel was also mentioned in The Pickwick Papers.

And just outside that dog friendly cafe, img_0844We met Daisy, the cavapoo!  And we had to say hello!img_0731She’s taller than me!

Bow and I took our Christmas tree photo  inside the hotelimg_0810 And Mummy and I retired to our roomimg_0821While she sat at the computer and recalled the events of the day, I had a look around at the decor of the room.

We had supper in the hotel but we were not allowed in the dining room, so they set up a table for us in the lounge where we also had breakfast.img_0886When Sandra and Mummy finally called it a night, we went out for a last walk – and we got to see the pretty Christmas lights.img_0834 There was a Nativity Scene by the Abbey Gate which we had not seen earlier. Maybe it’s because the traffic had lessened and the town centre much quieter that we saw this display.img_0835 The Abbey gates were closed so we couldn’t go into the gardensimg_0841Instead Mummy walked to the back of the Cathedral – where there was a grassy area and Mummy let me 0ff the lead and I was so happy to be able to go off lead, I ran like crazy for a few minutes!img_0827 And did what I had to do!img_0824The next morning, it was foggyimg_0861as we went out for my walk.img_0857 What a treat it was img_0864img_0853To be able to walk through the abbey gardens and see it in this lightimg_0866Mummy loved walking through the cemetery
img_0869 img_0862img_0871The sun came out much later only as we were walking to the train station on our way back to London.

We’re coming home George! See you soon!img_0893

May’s comment: A one day trip to Bury St. Edmunds – another lovely English town to discover.

I may like to travel far and wide in search of some of the world’s treasures, but I also know and appreciate how much we have on our very own door step.  A lot of things to marvel at, and often very pretty and well-preserved. And it is really because of the dogs that had made me explore the country for our doggy vacation.

Since I had them, I have been in search for beaches, interesting places for them to run – and in the process I am discovering the British Isles!  And because of them, I have met people from different parts of the country as well!


  1. Cheryl

    What a wonderful place to visit, the Abbey gardens seem very intriguing. I’ve just added this to our list of places to visit when we come in June.
    It’s so nice that Darcy gets to share so many adventures with you.

  2. Marzi

    Thank you for sharing your Bury St Edmunds adventure – it is a lovely place. The wolf looks very much to me like Black Shuck, the ghostly back dog of East Anglian folk lore… I’d keep well away from him, Miss Darcy.

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