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!


trap door pilsner label

Theatre Royal have launched a special Trap Door Pilsner to celebrate their 200th year

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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 30th – Mon 31st May 2021

Food and Drink Festival Sun 29th – Mon 30th Aug 2021

Christmas Lights Switch On Thurs 18th Nov 2021

CAMRA East Anglian Beer & Cider Festival 2021 TBC, Apex. National Beer Day 15th June 2021. Cask Ale Week 2021 TBC. St Edmunds Day 20th Nov 2021. Christmas Fayre Thurs 2021 dates TBC. Christmas Fayre organised by West Suffolk Council.

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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