I had no idea it was full of ruins. They are beautiful and strange I love the way the kids were climbing all over them and using them as their very own 12th century jungle gym.
It was just another day in Bury St.Edmunds, playing hide and seek on the ancient ruins!
Afterwards I did take a peek at Wickipedia and found out that during the Abbey heyday (I forget which century it was, the 8th or the 12th, they all run together to me) there were 3 breweries on the grounds and each monk had the right to 8 pints of beer a day. 8 pints! That is a lot of beer! I can barely finish one pint, I can't imagine drinking 8 pints a day. No wonder the townspeople revolted and destroyed their gate, the monks were hogging all the beer.
I plan to go on one of the free tours they give everyday at 2:00 to find out more and after that I'll definitely go and enjoy my 1 pint of beer per day.