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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.

Piglets Boutique B&B- Adults Only
Piglets Boutique B&B- Adults Only
3.5 out of 5
The price is RM828 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is within 6 miles (10 km) of Saffron Walden Museum, Audley End House and The Common. Market Square and Church ...
5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
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"We stayed 1 night and wished we could have stayed for more. From the moment we arrived everything was 1st class and the owners were fabulous. The homemade cake, the ploughmans supper, the cookies in the bedroom and the bloody Mary served at breakfast all added to the wonderful service and stay at ..."

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2020

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The Cricketers Arms
The Cricketers Arms
3 out of 5
The price is RM386 per night from 6 Jun to 6 Jun
Situated in Saffron Walden, this guesthouse is within 6 mi (10 km) of Mountfitchet Castle, House on the Hill Toy Museum and Audley End House. Saffron Walden ...
4.1/5Very Good! (243 reviews)
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"Excellent all round stay, Good evening meal & excellent breakfast served on hot plates On top of this they have draught Moretti Excellent social distancing"

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2020

The Cricketers Arms
Great Sampford B&B Sorrells farm
Great Sampford B&B Sorrells farm
3 out of 5
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Situated in Saffron Walden, this bed & breakfast is within 9 miles (15 km) of Ashdon Village Museum, Haverhill Arts Centre and The Common. Market Square and ...
Great Sampford B&B Sorrells farm
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.
La Reserve Aparthotel
La Reserve Aparthotel
4 out of 5
7 Ducie Street, Manchester, England
The price is RM343 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Manchester City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Affleck's Palace and Manchester Arndale. Manchester Palace Theatre and Manchester ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (438 reviews)
"Great stay friendly staff very clean"

Reviewed on 9 May 2021

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The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
2.5 out of 5
Willow House Caravan Park, Wigginton Road, York, England
The price is RM331 per night from 6 Jun to 6 Jun
Situated in York, this spa cabin is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Yearsley Pool and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Bootham Crescent Stadium. York Minster and Shambles are also ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (38 reviews)
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"Pod was comfortable and clean. Check in was very easy and good communication over email. Would happily stay again!"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2020

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SACO Bath - St James's Parade
SACO Bath - St James's Parade
4 out of 5
The price is RM470 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Bath City Centre, this eco-friendly apartment building is steps away from SouthGate Bath, Thermae Bath Spa and Roman Baths. Theatre Royal Bath and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (708 reviews)
"Its in beautiful Bath and it feels like a Georgian Bath Property to stay in."

Reviewed on 9 Apr 2021

SACO Bath - St James's Parade
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7 Oct 2019

Have visited before, lovely area

5/5 - Excellent

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21 Sep 2019

Well-preserved half-timbered houses with pargetted walls; lively market selling wide range of fresh food; individual butchers and fishmongers. impressive parish church; brand new concert hall.

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13 Jul 2019

Lovely old town set in beautiful countryside.

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5 Apr 2019

If you;re looking for a quiet place to use as a base to explore the Saffron Waldon area, this B&B is spot-on. Also very handy for Stansted airport.