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

When you raise a glass in Bury you become part of an incredible and unrivalled 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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Bury St Edmunds events are a great way to support and enjoy the town centre. Experience a fabulous range of food and drink as well asa great range of entertainment and stalls including a beach, mini farm, fairground rides, plant and flower stalls and celebrity chefs.

Whitsun Fayre Sun 29th May 2022

Food and Drink Festival Sun 28th – Mon 29th Aug 2022

Christmas Lights Switch On Thurs 17th Nov 2022

30th East Anglian Beer & Cider Festival Tues 14th – Sun 19th June 2022. National Beer Day Weds 15th June 2022. Cask Ale Week Thur 22nd September – Sun 2nd October 2022. St Edmunds Day Sun 20th Nov 2021. Bury St Edmunds Winter Beer Festival Fri 25th – Sun 27th Nov 2022.

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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