Saffron Walden, a beguiling and historic town in its own right, is the perfect base for exploring nearby Cambridge, further into East Anglia and its varied coastline, London, and many other places in this part of the UK. It is also coveniently situated for London Stansted Airport. But don't take our word for it! - take a look around the town for yourself, here - or here for more of a birds-eye view.
"Looking originally for a self-catering flat between London and Cambridge we found out what a fascinating town Saffron Walden is."
The town's size (population c16,500), belies an astonishing selection of things to see and do - in both range and quality. We also have a significant number of independent retailers - including a greengrocer, fishmonger, an artisan sourdough bakery and the best artisan chocolatier on the planet (a bold claim, admittedly, but we stand by it - come and visit to find out for yourself!) - and there are many more to be discovered as you stroll around the town.
Right in the heart of the town, the award-winning Market, established in the 12th century, takes place every Tuesday and Saturday in the Market Place which is surrounded by a fascinating range of mostly Victorian buildings. Elsewhere in the town centre, all of which is a conservation area, are fine examples of architecture from every age along with still clearly-discernible street patterns first laid out in the 13th century when plans for a 'new town' were implemented. Pick up a free Town Trail leaflet from our Tourist Information Centre and while away a few hours discovering Saffron Walden's architectural treasures along with its many wonderful cafés and eating places!
Everything our amazing town has to offer is within easy walking distance: the town centre and twice-weekly market, our world-class performance venue Saffron Hall, and our award-winning independent cinema Saffron Screen. Slightly further, but still a comfortable walk is one of English Heritage's finest UK properties, Audley End House & Garden, Saffron Walden Museum, the Fry Art Gallery, the town Common with its 17th-century turf Maze, and Bridge End Gardens, an enchanting collection of different gardens laid out in Victorian times, now fully restored to their former glory. Bridge End Gardens received Commended in the 'Hidden Gem' category of the 2018 UK Heritage Awards.
Leaflets about all of these, and many other attractions, are provided in the flat and the proprietors, who both have an in-depth knowledge of Saffron Walden and the surrounding area, are always happy to advise guests about places worth visiting or upcoming local events.