St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds

St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds

For over 1000 years, St Edmundsbury Cathedral has been a site of worship and pilgrimage. Today, Morning and Evening Prayer is still held in the Cathedral throughout the year, and thousands of people flock to Bury to take part in the special services, or to explore the amazing history of this historic building. 

The death of Edmund, King of the East Angles, at the hands of the Danes in 869 led to the building of an abbey to house his remains. St James’s Church was built within the precincts of the Abbey, becoming a Cathedral in 1914.

There are approximately 100 special services in addition to 960 regular services every year. 


The monks in the mediaeval Abbey were replaced after its closure in the sixteenth century by choirs of men and boys. Today, that tradition continues at St Edmundsbury Cathedral and has been expanded to include several choirs numbering over 100 young people and nearly 50 adults. 

The Cathedral is open daily from 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. There is no charge for admission but donations are always welcome.

Regular Public Guided Tours (11.30 a.m. daily except Sundays) run from April until end September. 


The Treasury Crypt is open Monday to Saturday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm and Sunday 12.30 pm to 3.00 pm. The treasury exhibition traces the development of church plate over the centuries.The present exhibition from the Ancient Library in the Treasury is 'Mr Baxter's Bequest'. More information can be found here.

Of particular note in the Cathedral itself is the sculpture of the Crucified Christ by Dame Elisabeth Frink, the statue of the Madonna and Child by Leonard Goff, the Martyrdom of St Edmund: a painting by Brian Whelan, the tapestry depicting the visit of King Henry VI to the Shrine of St Edmund, and the gold and silver candlesticks and cross on the High Altar.

For more information on worship at the Cathedral, musical events and festivals, the history of the bulding and visiting, please see the website, 

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