Saffron Walden

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Saffron Walden featuring a house, street scenes and a city
Beautiful medieval structures, a lively local market and a collection of Essex’s finest gardens make this village a perfect getaway in the English countryside.

Although it’s close to the busier cities of Cambridge and London, the quaint market town of Saffron Walden has managed to maintain all of its rural charm. The historic village with roots in the Roman era is situated in the heart of Essex County. Saffron Walden’s compact village center is characterized by medieval architecture and a lively square that is the site of the popular Saffron Walden market.

Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries Saffron Walden was home to many British nobles and today their homes and gardens have become some of the region’s most popular attractions. Spend a day exploring Audley End House and Gardens where you can meet the resident horses, see the operating kitchen garden and admire the intricate details used to decorate the manor’s interior. Take the kids to the nearby Audley End Miniature Railway for an afternoon of fun. Stop by Bridge End Garden where there are seven ornamental gardens and a hedge maze. You can enjoy outdoor activities year-round in Saffron Walden as the town is located in one of the driest regions of Britain. 

Visit Walden Castle for some fascinating medieval history. Although only ruins of the castle remain, this is still a site worth visiting if you want to learn about one of the oldest buildings in the region and photograph the interesting scenes created by the ruins. 

The beautiful Market Place hosts a market each Tuesday and Saturday and a visit to the town should be timed so you can attend at least one of the market days. Saffron Walden comes alive as buskers, local farmers and the townspeople mingle and buy their weekly produce. Sample local fruit and vegetables, or pull up a chair at one of the cafés and restaurants that line the square to watch the day unfold.

Saffron Walden can be reached from London in just over an hour by car or by train via the Audley End railway station. Most accommodation is located in the village center.

The Cricketers Arms
The Cricketers Arms
3 out of 5
Rickling Green, Saffron Walden, England, CB11 3YG
The price is CA $103 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
Stay at this 3-star guesthouse in Saffron Walden. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Mountfitchet Castle and House on the ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (273 reviews)
great place to stop
"This is a lovely place to stop and relax. The bed was extremely comfortable and the food presentation was amazing, it also tasted really good."

Reviewed on Jul. 4, 2022

The Cricketers Arms
The Cricketers
The Cricketers
4 out of 5
Wicken Road, Clavering, Saffron Walden, England, CB11 4QT
The price is CA $128 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 4-star inn in Saffron Walden. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a restaurant. Popular attractions Audley End House and Saffron Walden Museum are ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (63 reviews)
Fabulous stay
"Highly recommended. Will stay there again. The staff were excellent and friendly. The food was amazing too."

Reviewed on Jul. 24, 2022

The Cricketers
Crown House Hotel
Crown House Hotel
3 out of 5
London Road, Great Chesterford, Saffron Walden, England, CB10 1NY
The price is CA $129 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 3-star B&B in Saffron Walden. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Popular attractions Audley End House and Bridge End Gardens are located ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (163 reviews)
"The property is pleasant , very nice attention. Room a bit tiny."

Reviewed on Jun. 21, 2022

Crown House Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Archers House
Archers House
3.5 out of 5
293 Archer Road, Stevenage, England, SG1 5HF
The price is CA $71 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
Stay at this 3.5-star vacation home in Stevenage. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Knebworth House and Lamex Stadium are located ...
1/5 (2 reviews)
Archer house
"No TV , no air con , not clean"

Reviewed on Jul. 20, 2022

Archers House
15th Century Period Cottage In Saffron Walden, Essex England
15th Century Period Cottage In Saffron Walden, Essex England
Saffron Walden, ENG
Stay at this family-friendly cottage in Saffron Walden. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Fry Art Gallery and Bridge End Gardens ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (92 reviews)
Fabulous cottage and host
"We had a lovely few days in Drake Cottage. As stated by everyone else, it was super clean and all communication with the host and manager was very prompt. It is in a great location and extremely cosy and comfortable. Would not hesitate to recommend."

Reviewed on Apr. 23, 2022

15th Century Period Cottage In Saffron Walden, Essex England
Chelmsford Serviced Apartments
Chelmsford Serviced Apartments
5 out of 5
43 Baddow Road, Chelmsford, England, CM2 0DD
The price is CA $185 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 5-star luxury apartment in Chelmsford. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the overall value ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (35 reviews)
"The property was in excellent condition with all the amenities you need home from home."

Reviewed on Aug. 14, 2022

Chelmsford Serviced Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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