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Ickworth House © National Trust Images James Dobson

Saintly Suffolk at a Canter Based in Bury St Edmunds, this tour is a real treat as we enjoy some of the best the area has to offer. We include delightful Ickworth and Lavenham, a trip to neighbouring Ely as well as a good nose around the fascinating National Horse Racing Museum, giving us plenty of variety and much to see. PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. Day 2 Lavenham & Ickworth After breakfast, we head to the thriving village of Lavenham for a short visit exploring the pretty half-timbered village’s shops, houses and cafés before we make the short journey to Ickworth , an impressive Italianate Palace. In the heart of Suffolk, Ickworth combines immaculate formal gardens and woodlands with rolling countryside, which we have access to on our visit, as well as the iconic Rotunda and house. There are 2 cafés where we can refresh ourselves before perhaps venturing out once more in this natural haven or admiring the remarkable art treasures and exhibitions housed here. Please note, Ickworth House does not accept group bookings during school or bank holidays. In this case, groups may be offered a visit to Kentwell Hall instead. Day 3 Newmarket & Ely We’re up in good time for a 10am visit to the National Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket. Set in 5 acres of prime real estate, the museum tells the story of horseracing from its earliest origins. We have the chance to join a behind-the-scenes tour at 11am in Rothchild’s Yard, take part in some of the interactive experiences for the thrill of horseracing or meet former racehorses in the home of Retraining Racehorse. There’s no need to race to the finish as we have all morning to enjoy, whilst the Tack Room restaurant and The Bakery provide us with choice for food and drink. After lunch we head to Ely for an afternoon at leisure to explore. Day 4 Bury St Edmunds Today we have a relaxing day in prospect as we stay in Bury St Edmunds. To get a feel for this historic market town, we begin with a guided tour of St Edmundsbury Cathedral , just a short walk from our hotel – an ancient tunnel actually connects the hotel to the cathedral but has been closed to the public, so it’s overground we must go! Once we have finished our tour we can remain within the consecrated grounds and spend some time in the beautiful adjacent Abbey Gardens and see the ruins of Bury St Edmunds Abbey, the site of a Benedictine monastery. The rest of the day is free to discover more about the town, named after the original patron Saint of England, St Edmund. The jewel in Suffolk’s crown, Bury (as the locals call it) offers a choice of shops in an idyllic setting and is also a foodie kind of place as well as being home to Greene King. A brewery tour to sample the famous beer is well worth considering but be aware that it does have a large number of steps. Day 5 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home.


Ely Cathedral

St Edmundsbury Cathedral & Abbey Remains

The Angel Hotel Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

The Angel Hotel is a historic hotel located in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, which, as a former coaching inn, was visited by Charles Dickens on several occasions. The bedrooms are individually styled, featuring warm tones, classic designs and modern touches. All come equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The stylish restaurant is contemporary with exposed brick walls and velvet sofas and overlooks the Georgian square and Abbey gardens. Guests can also relax with a drink in the chic bar and comfortable lounge, which comes with plenty of seating. • Ground floor rooms • Lift (rear of hotel) • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is off-site & free of charge 4 Nights Half Board Twin from £374pp Double for Sole Use Supplement from £117 Based on Sunday arrivals

Inclusions • Porterage • Welcome tea/coffee • Choice of menu • Tea/coffee after dinner • Entrance to Ickworth House & Gardens • Entrance to National Horse Racing Museum • Entrance to St Edmundsbury Cathedral & guided tour

National Horse Racing Museum – King’s Yard

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