St Edmundsbury Cathedral

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St Edmundsbury Cathedral information

Location
Bury St Edmunds , England
Address
Angel Hill
More information
www.stedscathedral.co.uk
Prices
requested donation adult/child £3/50p
Opening hours
8.30am-6pm
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The 45m-high tower of this cathedral was only completed in 2005 and is a vision in Lincolnshire limestone – its traditional Gothic-style construction conveys how many English cathedrals must have looked fresh from the stonemason's chisel. Most of the building is early 16th century, though the eastern end is post-1945. The overall effect is light and lofty, with a gorgeous hammerbeam roof and a striking sculpture of the crucified Christ by Dame Elisabeth Frink in the north transept.

The impressive entrance porch has a tangible Spanish influence, a tribute to Abbot Anselm (1121–48), who opted against pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in favour of building a church dedicated to St James (Santiago in Spanish) right here.

Stop by the Treasury in the crypt for a glimpse of church silver and ornate medieval Bibles. Free, 30-minute guided tours provide an in-depth insight into the cathedral's heritage.