BURY ST EDMUNDS
The Northgate is perfectly placed to explore Bury St Edmunds, a jewel in the crown of Suffolk. We are a 4 minute stroll to the town's Abbey Gardens, and another minute or two and you'll be on Angel Hill, the heart of our town.
Our bustling market town is home to Suffolk’s only cathedral that stands in the ruins of the Abbey of St Edmunds. An 11th Century Benedictine abbey that is now fondly know as the Abbey Gardens, popular with both families and history lovers.
There are stories of the past on every corner and charm that inspired the likes of Charles Dickens. The famous writer was a frequent visitor to the town and set his novel ‘The Pickwick Papers’ in the town, with the recent film, David Copperfield, filmed here.
THINGS TO DO
Bury St Edmunds is a hive of activity every day of the week. Enjoy and eclectic mix of independent and high street shops, as well as the busy markets, making our town a staycation destination, with something for everyone.
Market days are Wednesday and Saturday, with up to 80 traders selling everything from fresh produce, to plants, to jewellery. A farmers market is held on the second Saturday of every month. The Ivy Joan Maker's Markets are certainly worth a browse if one is on during your stay and of course, the Christmas Fayre, draws visitors from far and wide every year.
For the performing art lovers, the Theatre Royal is worth a visit and only a 10 minute walk from our door. A fabulous example of a Regency playhouse and one of the most beautiful, intimate and historic theatres in the world, boasting a full programme of drama, comedy, music and dance.
Bury St Edmunds is also home to The Apex - a live music and entertainment venue. Take a look at What's On here.
THE HOME OF HORSERACING
A glamorous day at the Newmarket Races is just a 25 minute drive from The Northgate. Begin with a glass of Champagne on our sunshine terrace before heading off to the races for a little flutter on the Gee Gees, and more champagne while you listen to the sound of hooves thundering past.
Newmarket is home to two racecourses, The Rowley Mile and July Course. Highlights on the racing calendar include the Guineas Festival, July Festival and Newmarket Nights where bands and artists follow the evening racing.
For any horse racing enthusiasts, there are many attractions to enjoy beyond the races. These include The National Horseracing Museum, The National Stud, and guided tours that include visits to training grounds, yards and studs.
ANGLO-SAXON VILLAGE & COUNRTY PARK
After a short 10 minute drive you will leave behind our bustling market town and enter unspoilt woodlands, heath, river banks, lakes and nature trails in West Stow.
West Stow is home to one of England's great archaeological Anglo-Saxon sites dating back over 400 years before the Norman Conquest. If you enjoy history and nature this is a great day out - take a look at what you can expect by watching West Stow's taster video by clicking here.
If a tranquil ramble under tall trees, big blue skies and with wild flowers as far as the eye can see, is more your thing, then West Stow Country Park is for you.
Spend your day exploring trails and stopping on the river bank for a picnic. Your Northgate experience does not stop when you head off on your adventure! Our chefs will happily create a picnic hamper for you to take with you on your adventure.
After a 20 minute drive, you will discover Long Melford. A treasure trove for visitors, from independent and antique shops, to a monthly farmers market, to beautiful countryside; grassland, meadows, lakes, woodland and river. It is no surprise that Long Melford was chosen for the filming of ‘Lovejoy’ in the 1980’s and 90’s.
A visit to Long Melford is a must when visiting us, the Country Park is an ideal place to stretch your legs before joining us back at The Northgate for a mouth-watering Sunday lunch. The park sits on 8.13 hectares of land, perfect for exploring on foot or by bicycle, for picnics, dog walks and spotting local wildlife.
Take a look at the link below for amazing walking routes and be sure to stop for a coffee at our sister inn, The Black Lion.