View of the Dutch Garden at Bridge End Garden

Gardens and open spaces in Saffron Walden

For exercise and enjoyment...

Bridge End Garden

View of the Dutch Garden in Bridge End Garden

Bridge End Garden (recently Commended in the 2018 UK Heritage Awards) is a restored Victorian Garden which can be reached from Bridge Street (postcode CB10 1BU) or from Castle Street (CB10 1BD). It is a series of different gardens including a Dutch Garden, a Kitchen Garden and a yew Hedge Maze. More details....
East of Bridge End Garden are the Anglo American Playing Fields and Cricket Pavilion, the Anglo American Memorial, a children's playground and the Saffron Walden Town Football Club ground at Caton's Lane.
Dogs can be exercised in the area around Bridge End Garden but may not be taken inside the Garden. The Bridge End Garden leaflet can be downloaded here. This leaflet file is copyright of Fraser Parry Photography and should not be reproduced or used under any circumstances without consent.

For specific opening times relating to the walled garden and the hedge maze, please contact Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, tel: 01799 524002, email as these can vary according to weather conditions and/or the need for repairs.

Jubilee Garden

Bandstand in Jubilee Garden
Jubilee Garden (postcode CB10 1EH) is located just off Hill Street, and accommodates a number of benches and the town's bandstand.
The floor of the bandstand features a labyrinth design with a sleeping hare in the central octagon.
Occasionally free concerts take place, usually on summer Saturdays.
No dogs please.

The Close Garden

View of the Close Garden
This compact restored garden is just off the High Street, adjacent to a narrow passage leading to St Mary's Church. It has two benches.
The monument to HMS Lapwing, the town's adopted ship during World War II, is sited here.

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If you are visiting The Close Garden, be sure to look at the unusual 17th century "spider" window on The Close (the timber framed house on the corner of Castle Street).

....relaxation and leisure.

Dorset House Garden

Children of Calais Sculpture
This small garden is located beside Church Street and the adjacent pathway leads to St Mary's Church. It has four benches and a sculpture, 'The Children of Calais' by local artist, Ian Wolter. The sculpture portrays six British children as refugees caught in the present migration crisis. Their poses echo Auguste Rodin’s famous The Burghers of Calais, completed in 1895. The Children of Calais was unveiled on 8th June 2018 by Lord Alf Dubs.
The Women's Institute rose, "Inspiration", was planted in time for the 2015 Centenary, and grows next to the steps.

The Common

View of Daffodils on Saffron Walden Common
The Common (postcode CB10 1JH) is a wide open space suitable for picnics, ball games, fitness sessions and exercising dogs (please use the doggy waste bins provided). There are benches on the periphery and an historic turf labyrinth on the easternmost side. On the southernmost side is a children's play area.

Museum & Castle Grounds

View of Walden Castle
The grounds around the Castle and Museum (postcode CB10 1JL) are suitable for picnics and there are a number of benches and a bicycle rack. Dogs on leads may be walked. An area of the grounds has been devoted to wildlife, and there are a few outdoor exhibits.