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Experience the charming medieval market town of Saffron Walden

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Saffron Walden,
famous for the Saffron crocus.

Saffron Walden is a delightful medieval market town located in north-west Essex and just 15 miles to the south of Cambridge. It has a rich heritage of old buildings, including the magnificent Jacobean mansion Audley End House and Gardens and St Mary’s Church, the largest and one of the most beautiful parish churches in Essex.

On the north side of town is Bridge End Garden, a restored Victorian garden of great charm, which contains a wonderful yew hedge maze and sunken Dutch Garden.

A market has been held here since 1141, and market days are now Tuesdays and Saturdays with shoppers enjoying browsing and buying goods from a variety of market stalls. Beyond the market place, there are many independent shops and eating places to choose from.

Saffron Walden has many interesting historic buildings. At the heart lies St Mary’s Church, the largest parish church in Essex. Fine examples of elaborate moulded plasterwork (pargetting), can be seen on the Old Sun Inn and the houses in Castle Street & Bridge Street. 

Saffron Walden highlights

Bridge End Garden

View of the Dutch Garden from the viewing platform.

Tucked away in the back streets of pretty Saffron Walden, this lovingly restored Grade II gem consists of seven interlinked gardens laid out in the nineteenth century, and features a formal knot garden, kitchen garden and a popular hedge maze.

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Saffron Walden Museum

Picture of a display of a Woolly Mammoth

This award-winning, “friendly, family-size museum” opened in 1835. With wide-ranging collections covering the history of north-west Essex, from ancient times to the present day, and many other wonderful objects from the wider world.

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Fry Art Gallery

Gallery interior

Unique collection of work by 20th century artists who have lived in and around Great Bardfield and Saffron Walden including Edward Bawden, Michael Rothenstein, Eric Ravilious and others. Collection includes paintings, books, prints and ceramics. 

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More highlights of Saffron Walden

One Minet Skate Park

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The Park is the first American-built Skate park in the UK. It's a great local spot that transition skaters up and down the country should visit. The bowls have a lot of little corners and bumps to pump around and endless lines you can flow around.

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Saffron Hall

Interior of the Hall during a performance.

Saffron Hall is an award-winning, 730-seat performance space within the grounds of Saffron Walden County High School. Saffron Hall hosts an annual season of concerts and events featuring local, national and international artists.

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Turf Labyrinth

Picture of the labyrinth cut into the turf.

The largest turf labyrinth still surviving in Europe can be found on the eastern side of the attractive Common. Children of all ages enjoy following the ‘path’ through the turf, which winds for about one mile within a circle 100 feet in diameter.

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Free after 3pm seasonal car parking offer!

Uttlesford District Council will reintroduce its 'Free after 3pm' car parking offer to support retailers and shoppers in the build up to Christmas.

The incentive will come into effect on Saturday 7 November and continue daily until 23 December at all council-managed car parks except Fairycroft/Waitrose car park.

There will also be free parking offered all day in council-managed car parks (except Fairycroft/Waitrose) from Christmas Eve to Sunday 4 January 2016.

Car parks in Saffron Walden can be seen here


To view the Saffron Walden Official Guide click here