Top attractions include the wonderful and world-famous Audley End House & Gardens. This English Heritage beauty has acres of Capability Brown-designed parkland, a lake, a miniature railway for the children and regular special days out for the family, as well as open air cinema screenings and concerts in the summer months.
Bridge End Gardens provide a town-centre corner of quiet, with its sunken parterre, summerhouse lawn, walled garden and a hedge maze. The gardens are perfect for a summers’ day picnic.
Visit the market. On a Tuesday and Saturday, the town thrums with activity as the market opens, selling everything from artisan bread to oysters, hats, cheese, flowers, olives, coffee, sausages and everything in between. The fish stall is a particular attraction, offering fabulous seafood platters which can be enjoyed with a cold glass of wine on the market square.
For sports, Saffron Walden has a fantastic cricket club, rugby club and hockey club, all of which put on regular matches and play host to a great social scene. Saffron Walden golf club is laid around the grounds of Audley End, making it one of the most picturesque courses in the country as well as being one of the most well-respected in the region.