Visit to the St. Edmundsbury Cathedral

Thursday 26 March 2020

All places for this event have now been taken. If you are interested in attending, please contact the SCS Secretary, David Smith (email:, who will contact you if there are any late cancellations. Thank you.



This is a significant year for Bury St Edmunds as it is the 1000th year anniversary of the foundation of the Abbey of St. Edmundsbury by King Canute. Many events and celebrations have been planned and our visit is at the start of several varied commemorations. We are delighted to welcome Dr Richard Hoggett as our speaker and guide for the visit. Dr Hoggett is an acknowledged heritage consultant and archaeologist who was commissioned a few years ago to research the history and national importance of the Abbey Church. This he has done splendidly and he must now be the leading expert on this Mediaeval shrine. He is a fine speaker and we are lucky to have him talk to us before lunch. After lunch he will guide us around the Abbey ruins. It promises to be a fascinating few hours. If you are unhappy about walking outside around the ruins, a gentler tour of the more modern Cathedral can also be arranged


The programme for the visit is;

10.30am: Meet for tea/coffee in Edmunds Room which is in the Cathedral Centre (access is via the Cloisters and take the lift or stairs to the first floor). There is a large car park at Ram Meadow (Cotton Lane, IP33 1XP – charge £2.30). The car park is ~700m walk from the Cathedral and takes about 10 minutes.

11.00am: Talk in Edmunds Room by Dr Richard Hoggett on the history of the Abbey of St Edmundsbury.


12.30pm: Soup and sandwich lunch with glass of wine or soft drink.


After lunch: Guided tour of the Abbey ruins (sensible walking shoes recommended).

The cost is £25 per person. To attend, please download the Invitation Notice or alternatively complete and submit our simple and secure online form below.