Discover: Saffron Walden

This beautiful historic cottage is in a quite cul de sac just steps away from the centre of Saffron Walden.

Saffron Walden is a vibrant and picturesque Medieval town, with an interesting history based on producing and trading Saffron, the town is full of wonderful ancient architecture and many interesting attractions like the famous street market, many artisan shops, great pubs and restaurants, the Turf maze, Museums, Castle, and stately homes.

It is just a 20-minute drive or train journey to Cambridge, which is a great day out for guests to visit the historic colleges, punt on the River Cam, enjoy the Museums or sample the world class restaurants there.

The Imperial War Museum at Duxford is just 8 miles away and an amazing place to visit.

And of course, there is lovely countryside all around for you to enjoy exploring by foot, bicycle or car: we provide maps and bikes.


Here are some of the lovely places to visit in Saffron Walden



On the Doorstep…………………….


1-minute walk – The Eight Bells Pub


A 16th Century Timber framed pub.- open Wed/Thurs 10pam-11pm Friday/Saturday 10am-11pm & Sun 10am-8pm

Kitchen Hours: Wed to Sat 12pm-3pm/6pm-9pm and Sun 12pm-6pm

(Fantastic food prepared using local ingredients where possible and fabulous Sunday roast dinners – Vegetarian/vegan options)




2-minute walk away – Bridge End Gardens


There are several entrances to the garden, the closest is to the left of the Eight Bells Pub and there is another gateway on Castle Street. This is a popular spot for visitors and ideal for a summer picnic. There is a walled garden, seating and a viewing platform Theatre, Music and the Maze Festival are regular features within the garden.


3-minute walk – The Mogul Award Winning Indian Restaurant (Dine in, Takeaway and Delivery)

Friendly staff, lovely atmosphere and an excellent menu. Large seating area and a gentle stroll from ‘Miller Cottage’


4-minute walk – The Restaurant on Church Street

A cosy and  intimate restaurant, offering a varied and modern European menu with a contemporary North African influence, using locally sourced quality produce


4-minute walk – St Mary the Virgin Church

This is the largest parish church In Essex and its emblem is the saffron crocus. The steeple is 193 feet tall and it is beautifully lit at night and the bells can be heard from the cottage


5-minute walk – The Cross Keys Hotel &Restaurant (Takeaway, Eat and Drink)

A 16th century, 10 bed roomed inn.

Opening times 8am to 11pm Monday to Friday, Saturday 9am to 11pm, Sunday 9am to 10pm


6-minute walk – Saffron Walden Market

There has been a market in Saffron Walden since 1141. Market days are Tuesdays and Saturdays. The market has a vast range goods, with stalls selling fruit and vegetables, olives, bread, fish, flowers, antiques, clothing jewellery and much more.




6-minute walk – Saffron Walden Museum

   This award-winning museum explores the archaeology, natural history and social history of north-west Essex and the wider world.

Open Wed to Sat 10am-4.30pm &Sun 2pm-4.30pm


6-minute walk – The King’s Arms Pub

A traditional welcoming pub dating back to the 16th century. Open fire, multiple room and great food. Situation just off the market place


8-minute walk – Saffron Castle

Situated in the grounds of the Saffron Walden Museum. Ruins of a 12th century caste.


10-minute walk – The Common & Turf Maze

A wide-open space suitable for picnics, balls games, fitness sessions and dog walking.

The Turf Maze (Labyrinth) it is the largest example of its type in the world and it is one of eight surviving turf labyrinths in England.



Audley End –  A fabulous Stately Home open to the public with marvelous gardens and many exciting events is just 1.2 Miles away

Go to this weblink for more information


This is just a sample of what Saffron Walden has to offer.

You will find an extensive range of leaflets in the cottage as well as an information folder.



Here are some of the nearby attractions:


Saffron Hall (Concert Hall) – 3 minutes’ drive


Saffron Screen (non-profit independent community Cinema) – 3 minutes’ drive


Lord Butler Fitness and Leisure Centre (Swimming pool and gym) – 4 minutes’ drive


Audley End Station (Direct train to Liverpool Street) – 7 minutes’ drive


Imperial War Museum Duxford – 14 minutes’ drive (a full days outing as there is so much there)


Wandlebury Country Park 16 minutes’ drive


Linton Zoo – 17 minutes’ drive


Village of Thaxted – 17 minutes’ drive


Mountfitchet Castle – 18 minutes’ drive


Chilford Hall Vineyards – 19 minutes’ drive


Saffron Grange Vineyard (Family Run Vineyard offering private tours and tastings) – 22 minutes’ drive


Village of Finchingfield – 22 minutes’ drive


Stansted Airport:  25 minutes’ drive