Heritage Open Days

The Cathedral is offering online experiences to mark this year’s Heritage Open Days. Established in 1994, Heritage Open Days is the country’s largest community heritage festival and takes place annually. This year the festival runs from 11 to 20 September.


The Cathedral usually participates by giving visitors opportunities to explore some of its ‘hidden gems’, which are usually not open to the public. This year, because of restrictions, it is not possible to open these areas, so online experiences are being offered instead.


Full details can be found here

The Ancient Library was founded in 1595 and has an extensive collection of books covering a range of subjects, including many of local interest. Hidden away above the main entrance to the Cathedral, visitors are surprised to discover the treasures within it.

A new online document explores the fascinating stories behind who gave the books to the Library, many of them local people from Bury St Edmunds or the wider county of Suffolk.

A second paper details the conversation work undertaken recently on two volumes.

The art of bell ringing is explained in a video made (pre-COVID-19) by James Sheen of the ‘We Love Bury St Edmunds’ group. It gives a great insight in to what happens in the Norman Tower, as we are not able to offer tours this year.