Saffron Walden was a very important wool trade town in the medieval times. It is best to go here on a market day (Tuesdays and Saturdays but not on Bank Holidays) and wonder through the little streets into the independent shops.
They have quite a few pubs and I have eaten at them all so if you are looking to stay away from chain restaurants, pop in one. I have a friend that lives here so I like to make an excuse to see her as I love this place so much!
Audley End, an English Heritage property, is a lovely Jacobean property outside the village which is worth the visit. It has playgrounds and exhibits for the children so pack a lunch and make a day of it.
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Audley End is a breathtaking property near Saffron Walden. It is a Jacobean property built between 1603 and 1614. Polish soldiers received secret training here during WWII.
If you are an English Heritage member, you can enter this property for free. It has an amazing garden and you can just imagine women as seen in Pride and Prejudice strolling around.
It also has a Service Wing that shows how hard the servants worked to maintain the house. It would take a week for one piece of laundry to go through the cleaning system. Do you think it takes forever to do your laundry now?
There is also a Stable Yard that holds a multimedia exhibition. It also has an organic kitchen garden that was created in the 18th Century.
It is a great day out for the children as well, with plenty of space for them to run around and has a play area to keep them busy.
I like it because it is such as beautiful property and so close to the area. It is worth going here.
It is a great day out, bring a picnic, take a tour of the house and enjoy the serene surroundings.
This is a fantastic place with a train,the average ride is 30 minutes and often includes a show.
There was a playground and a walk where you looked out for certain items. When you tick them all off, you get a prize.
There is also a craft tent which has a few different crafts that you can do and take home.
There is a cafe and also picnicking area.
It has a great market on Tuesdays and Saturdays and my favourite is the bread stall. There are a lot of independent shops.
Kim's Tearoom in Saffron Walden and is a great place to stop if you are in Saffron Walden for the day. It is in a Georgian building and has a patio with some tables, perfect on a summer's day. They allow dogs too!