The Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds is a popular place for people to enjoy. There are open spaces and well tended flowerbeds, as well as tennis courts, a play area, bowling green and museum. Interspersed between all these are the ruins of the Abbey that once stood here and ruled the surrounding area.
They vary from small mounds of rock to complete archways, but the most astonishing thing is the overall size of the Abbey. It measured more than 500 feet long and 246 wide. (To give that some context of scale, Westminster Abbey, including Lady Chapel, is 530 feet long with a nave that is 85 feet wide.)
The story of the Abbey’s rise and fall is a long and bloody one, and you can find out more here.
Plan a visit to Bury St Edmunds using the Visit Suffolk website.