Synonymous with horse racing, the East Anglian town of Newmarket in Suffolk barely needs any introduction, renowned the world over as the premier location for the Sport of Kings. Horse racing inevitably dominates life in the town, and anyone with more than just a passing interest will find Newmarket an enjoyable place to visit. A day at the races is, of course, the ultimate Newmarket experience, with not one but two famous courses to choose from, but everyone can gain an insight into the equine world with a visit to the town’s National Horse racing Museum, a tour round one of the working horse training yards or by making a visit to the stunning National Stud.
Bury St Edmonds
Bury, as the locals know it, is an attractive East Anglian town, brimming with award-winning floral displays, picturesque historic quarters, ancient interest as a site of pilgrimage and the place of origin of the Magna Carta. It was considered ‘the nicest town in the world’ by one William Cobbett. A fitting epithet, Bury certainly makes a pleasant day’s visit for those on a holiday cottage stay in the region. The ruins of the Abbey of St. Edmund and the lovely Abbey gardens surrounding it make a natural starting point for most visitors, who can literally follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who flocked here for centuries to worship at the shrine of St. Edmund, the martyred King of East Anglia. Nearby Moyse’s Hall museum offers an insight into local and social history of the region.
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