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Bury St Edmunds is known as an ancient town in Suffolk with a tradition steeped in history. Its most prominent industries are brewing beer and refining sugar, although tourism is its biggest earner, and, because visitors are so important, “where to park in Bury St Edmunds?” is a question of some necessity.
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The centre of Bury St Edmunds was laid out in a grid pattern by Abbot Baldwin almost 1000 years ago. Forward thinking, perhaps, but what passed for traffic in those days was neither as busy nor as large as what we have now. The streets are narrow, and the city centre is liberally supplied with double yellow lines, which mean no parking at any time. There are pay-and-display parking spaces in Abbeygate Street and Cotton Lane, but only eight bays in each. Churchgate Street has 27 pay-and-display parking spaces, Guildhall Street has 40 and Looms Lane 31. Hatter Street has 16, Lower Baxter Street 7, Springfield Road 5 (payable only by phone) and Whiting Street has 9. That’s 151 parking spaces spread across nine sites. Maximum stay in all cases is two hours.
There are five council-operated long-stay car parks in Bury St Edmunds, all pay-and-display:
There is one flexistay car park at St Andrews where you can park as long as you like and pay on leaving. There are also 14 short-stay car parks.
Bury St Edmunds station gives access to a comprehensive range of train services throughout Suffolk and Norfolk, as well as connections to Liverpool Street station in London.
Bus routes serve the whole town and further afield.
Blue Badge holders pay less for on- and off-street parking, but nowhere is free.
Hours during which on-street pay-and-display parking is chargeable vary from site to site.
On- and off-street parking is chargeable on bank holidays, and Parkway multi-storey is closed on Christmas Day.
Drivers can stop to drop off and pick up passengers anywhere except on a double yellow line, so long as no loading restrictions are indicated by yellow kerb markings. However, the combination of a preponderance of double yellow lines and the age profile of Bury St Edmunds residents is such that you will often encounter cars stopped on a double yellow line in the city centre, while elderly residents embark or disembark.
As well as the cathedral, the Abbey ruins and gardens, and a city centre which is in some areas picturesque, Bury St Edmunds provides a first-class base for visits to the Suffolk countryside, the coast and towns rich in history such as Cambridge, Lavenham and Long Melford.