Bury St Edmunds The most attractive of Suffolk's large towns, and its most important religious centre is Bury St Edmunds, and is a perfect place to base yourself for a tour of the county with lots of holiday cottages and houses to rent in Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding delightful Suffolk villages. The town grew up around the medieval abbey that housed the remains of King Edmund the Martyr, and was a popular place of pilgrimage until the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1536. Although a ruin, the abbey is still pretty spectacular, as is its garden. Looking at the best preserved buildings you have some idea of how impressive the whole edifice must have been, and some of the ruins have been restored and turned into houses. The streets of the town still follow the design laid down by the monks 800 years ago, and there are guided tours every day between Easter and September, also there are tours of the Greene King Brewery, which is not far from the Manor House Museum, a magnificent collection of clocks and other artifacts. It is worth visiting this place around noon, when all the clocks strike.