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An affluent Suffolk market town with an incredibly rich history, Bury St Edmunds offers a unique blend of medieval architecture and classy Georgian squares. A magnificent cathedral, and its glorious Abbey gardens, provide a stunning visual backdrop to the area.
At the same time, you'll find excellent retail therapy in the form of the Arc shopping centre, not to mention the lively twice-weekly award-winning market.
Property in Bury St Edmunds offers the chance to give your family a 3-D history lesson! In the town's historic heart, west of the cathedral, streets like Angel Lane and Guildhall Street still follow a Norman grid plan, packed with Tudor, Georgian and Victorian town houses and terraces.
Road links are provided by the M11 and the A14, otherwise you need to get used to lots of winding country lanes. Ipswich and Cambridge are at either end of the A14, around 30-40 minutes away.
There are hourly trains to Cambridge, taking 45 minutes, and once or twice an hour to Ipswich, with the journey taking no more than 40 minutes. The train journey to London takes just a couple of hours.
Local schools are excellent in this part of the world. A three-tier system is in place with upper, middle and lower schools. Several of the town's nine primaries have been rated "good" by Ofsted, with a couple ranked "good with some outstanding features."
All four of Bury's middle schools are ranked at least "good", while the main secondaries range from "good" to "outstanding."
St Mary's is one of the country's biggest parish churches, while the Norman Tower dates from 1120 and the Moyse's Hall Museum has been in the market place since 1180 and is a former prison and police station.
Check out other museums, too, including the Greene King Brewery Museum, (the town is known for brewing and malting), and the local art gallery. The Theatre Royal is England's only surviving Regency theatre.
The low crime rate and historic town centre, as well as the attractive surrounding Suffolk countryside, all combine to make Bury a very pleasant place to live. Better still, a strong local economy means there's little unemployment.
So if you're after a traditional setting, with a gentle pace of life, give this town serious consideration.
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