Historic Bury St Edmunds is the perfect place to experience delicious real ale and unique craft beer

Raise a glass in the Beer Capital of Suffolk and become part of a brewing history dating back 1,000 years. In 1086, monks were brewing ale on the site of the Great Abbey using water from Bury’s chalk wells which are still used today by Greene King, one of the UK’s largest breweries

From award-winning public houses to unique bars, there is a great choice of real ale and craft beer as well as live music, beer festivalsand quiz nights throughout the year providing something for everyone!

Mark your place in history, share your experience, tell others about your favourite pub, bar or speciality shop on Twitter using #BuryAleTrail


At 15ft by 7ft, The Nutshell Pub in Bury St Edmunds is officially Britain’s Smallest Pub 

The word Beer comes from ‘Bibere’, which means ‘To drink’ in Latin

During the Middle Ages, beer-brewing monks drank up to five quarts each day

Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass… a terrifying phobia indeed!


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Our Bury St Edmunds events are unique and a great way to enjoy and discover the town centre. Experience a fabulous range of food and drink with local award-winning chefs and wine specialists as well as a great range of entertainment including a beach, fairground rides, street entertainers, an astronomy display, plant, and flower stalls, and much more…..

Whitsun Fayre

Sun 28th May – Mon 29th May 2023

Motorsport East  

Sun 23rd July 2023

Food and Drink Festival

Sun 27th – Mon 28th Aug 2023

East Anglian Beer & Cider Festival Wednesday 23rd – Monday 28th August 2023. National Beer Day Thurs 15th June 2023. Cask Ale Week Dates TBC. St Edmunds Day 20th Nov.

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We’ve worked with Bury Tour Guides to bring you a Walking Bury Ale Trail showing you the key historic ale-related sights of the town, as well as providing you with lots of interesting trivia on your way round