Bury St Edmunds Guildhall, Guildhall Street

Bury St Edmunds Guildhall, Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1PY View on map

The Guildhall is one of the oldest surviving civic buildings in the Country. It dates to the 13th century, the oldest part being the stone entrance arch, now within a late 15th century porch. The Royal Observer Corps wartime operations room, which was converted from the old council chamber. It was from this room, throughout the second world war, that the air defence of Suffolk was co-ordinated with the RAF. Of the forty operations rooms that were constructed, this is the only example which survives structurally in-tact. The fabric of the 'Ops Room' (as it is colloquially known) remains largely in-tact. It was manned and operated largely by Civilians drawn from the local population. It is regarded as a nationally important historic site on its own right, but also holds a treasured place in local memory with some surviving operators and many family members keenly interested in its future.


Opening Arrangements

Currently closed for urgent repairs which are anticipated to be completed by late Summer 2018. Please contact the the Guildhall direct for details of re-opening.


From A14, take the A134 slip road to A143 (Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury, Haverhill). Rail: Bury St Edmunds 1 mile. Bus: Bury St Edmunds Bus Station 1 mile.

Parking Spaces


Nearby Pay and Display

Disabled Access

  • Wheelchair access: Yes
  • Disabled Toilets: Yes
  • Assistance dogs: Yes