Best places to sit and read in Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival has lots of events planned, but what is there to do between each event? As well as doing some sight-seeing, maybe you want to catch up on a book you are reading. Unsure where to go to read your book? Here are some of our recommendations of where to go, relax and read a book in between the exciting festival events.

The Apex Café

You can find this café on the ground floor of The Apex. The Apex is home to all the tourist information you need when in Bury St Edmunds. The Apex café sells tea and coffee that is ethically sourced and triple certified by the Soil Association, Rainforest Alliance and the Fairtrade Foundation. Enjoy reading your book while tucking into some freshly prepared sandwiches or homemade cakes. Relax inside the café, view the art gallery upstairs or sit outside in the sunshine.

The Lounge Café

Grab your book and head down to the Lounge Café in Hatter Street. Its cosy atmosphere is perfect for chilling out and reading some of the new books you have just picked up and want to get your teeth on. Sit inside and enjoy the quirky interiors (it actually used to be a bookshop many years ago, so that’s why the layout is a bit different to most cafes) or sit in the beautiful courtyard gardens and enjoy your book in the sun.

Really Rather Good Coffee Shop

This coffee shop is situated overlooking Angel Hill, opposite the beautiful Abbey Gardens. They offer coffee, tea, homemade cakes, lunches and soups and they have gluten-free options. There is so much to choose from. They have a really relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, perfect for winding down after a long day at the literature festival.

Coffee House, Bury St Edmunds Library

What more could you ask for? A library with a coffee shop! This is the best place to head to relax with a good book. The quiet atmosphere of the library mixed with the coffee shop makes this location the perfect place to focus and read a book if you struggle to read in noisier places!

Abbey Gardens

If we are blessed with a bright sunny and dry day in October, then head over to Abbey Gardens. This historical garden with beautiful plants surrounding you is a great spot to relax and have a read. Sit on the grass or a bench, get lost in a book with the breeze brushing past your face. Sounds so relaxing!

The Angel Hotel

Have you travelled down from somewhere for the festival and need a place to stay? The Angel Hotel is a gorgeous Georgian 4-star boutique hotel with an urban chic twist and cosy vibe. The lounge is filled with warm leather sofas, pop art, eccentric décor and cool vintage furniture. In between all the literature festival events, head back to your hotel room and snuggle up with your latest read. Get a few pages read before heading back to the events!

About the Author: Chloe Lamb is a Fashion Communication & Promotion student and writer who focuses on books, fashion & life .If she’s not writing for her blog https://chloelwrites.wordpress.com then you can find her with her nose in a book!