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13 March 2020Bury St Edmunds: Cathedral and Theatre Royal
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Bury St Edmunds: Cathedral and Theatre Royal
Friday 13 March 2020

Cost £35 (National Trust members) or £45 (non-NT members)

Includes coach and private guided tours of Theatre Royal and St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Refreshments and lunch are not included

The booking form can be downloaded here

Our first day visit of 2020 takes us to Bury St Edmunds, where we visit two of the area’s most historic buildings.

We begin at the 200-year-old Theatre Royal. Originally built in 1819, it was designed by the architect William Wilkins – who also planned The National Gallery and University College London. A Grade 1 listed building, it was restored to its Regency design in 2007 and is the only theatre in the National Trust portfolio. It is the last working Regency playhouse in the country. With many of its original features still intact, it is one of the most beautiful, intimate and historic theatres in the world. During our private tours we will discover why the Theatre Royal is one of the most significant theatre buildings in the country and our visit is sure to provide a fascinating and lively insight to the theatre’s history.

After ample time for lunch (not included) we re-assemble at the nearby St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Originally founded by King Canute in 1020 as a Benedictine abbey, the building celebrates its 1000th anniversary in 2020. It has evolved over the intervening centuries into the structure we see today. A new chancel, designed by Sir Gilbert Scott, was added between 1860 - 70 and in 1914 the then St James’ Parish Church became a cathedral with the creation of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. More recently the Millennium Project has seen the completion of the building with the addition of a tower, new cloisters and chapels. Our private tours will allow us to discover the past, present and future of this spectacular and historic East Anglian icon.