Bury St Edmunds has been recognised as one of Britain's best market towns to visit to get into the Christmas spirit.

The west Suffolk town was included in The Telegraph's list of Britain's 10 greatest market towns that are "perfect for a festive day out".

According to the national newspaper, Bury St Edmunds made the list thanks to its "centuries-old market" with "long-established stalls".

Some of the town's history was also mentioned: "The town is home to St Edmundsbury Cathedral and the ruined Benedictine abbey where King Edmund was buried in 903.

East Anglian Daily Times: Angel Hill and the entrance to the Abbey Gardens in Bury St EdmundsAngel Hill and the entrance to the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds (Image: Newsquest)

"Wednesdays and Saturdays see up to 80 stalls selling fresh produce and plants in the Buttermarket and along Cornhill. 

"Long-standing favourites include New-Bury Fruit Company, famous for its fruit and veg, which can be found near Moyse’s Hall museum, and Hazel Nurseries, which has sold plants and cut flowers at the market for more than 40 years."

The Telegraph recommended The Northgate Hotel for visitors to Bury St Edmunds to set up base at, thanks to its close proximity to the Abbey Gardens.

Earlier this month, Bury St Edmunds was also named as one of the happiest places to live in Britain, according to Rightmove.