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Top Choice Historic Building in Saffron Walden

Audley End House & Gardens

Positively palatial in its scale, style and the all-too-apparent ambition of its creator, the first Earl of Suffolk, the fabulous early-Jacobean Audley End House eventually did become a royal palace when it was boug…
Pub Food in Saffron Walden

Eight Bells

You'll find a warm mix of medieval character and contemporary style in this 16th-century pub. Local lamb, venison and game is teamed with southern European flavours, so expect antipasti and mezze boards as well as b…
Gardens in Saffron Walden

Bridge End Gardens

Careful restoration of these seven interlinked gardens has brought them back to their former Victorian glory. For extra atmosphere, try to visit when the maze and produce-packed kitchen garden are open too.
Cafe in Saffron Walden

Cafe Coucou

Delicious homemade quiches, huge scones, chunky doorstep sandwiches and imaginative salads sell like hot cakes at this cheerful family-run cafe.
Museum in Saffron Walden

Saffron Walden Museum

In this excellent museum dating back to 1835, you'll find eclectic collections covering everything from local history and 18th-century costumes to geology, Victorian toys and ancient Egyptian artefacts. The bramble-…
Historic Building in Saffron Walden

Old Sun Inn

Saffron Walden's most famous landmark sits at a crossroads surrounded by timber-framed buildings. An ornate, 14th-century structure, it was once used as Cromwell's HQ and its exterior walls still bear intricate 17th…
Church in Saffron Walden

St Mary the Virgin

St Mary's oldest parts date back to 1250. A symbol of the town's saffron-inspired golden age, it is one of the largest churches in the county and features some impressive Gothic arches as well as local landowner Lor…
Park in Saffron Walden

Turf Maze

On the eastern side of the town, across the common, is the Turf Maze, thought to be 800 years old and the largest of its kind in the world.