Visit Saffron Walden

27th January, 2016 | Article By Saffron Walden TIC

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 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.

Saffron Walden Museum is of particular interest. The collections are housed in one of the oldest purpose built museum buildings in the country, completed in 1835.

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.

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful town.

TIC address: 1 Market Place, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1HR

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Set down point: Common Hill, CB10 1JH

Coach Park: Swan Meadow Car Park, New Pond Lane, CB10 1BX

Toilets: Hill Street, close to the pedestrian crossing near Waitrose.

Market days: Tuesdays and Saturdays – a wide variety of stalls.

Shopping:  A great range of independent shops and a choice of cafes.  An eclectic mix of quirky outlets, including gift shops, clothing, jewellery, shoes, interiors, toys, specialist foods, crafts, antiques and small art galleries.

Points of interest: Historic market town with museum, gardens, mazes, art galleries.

  • St Mary the Virgin (the largest Parish Church in Essex)
  • Medieval streets and buildings with fine examples of pargetting
  • Bridge End Garden with Victorian Hedge Maze (maze open weekdays)
  • Common and ancient Turf Maze
  • Museum (closed Mondays) and ruins of Castle
  • Fry Art Gallery (opening times vary)
  • Popular community cinema
  • World-class new concert hall/performance space

Group Tours: By prior arrangement. Contact the Blue Badge Guides on 01799 526109.

Tourist Guides: A free self-guided Town Trail leaflet is available from the centrally located Tourist Information Centre.

Nearby:  (please check opening times)

Audley End House and Gardens (English Heritage, less than 1 mile)

Audley End Miniature Railway (less than 1 mile)                   Linton Zoo (5 miles)

Imperial War Museum Duxford (7 miles)       The University city of Cambridge (14 miles)

House on the Hill Toy Museum and Mountfitchet Castle Experience (8 miles)

For more details of any of the above please contact Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre on 01799 524002.

 Staff will be pleased to discuss your individual requirements.

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