Not only is Saffron Walden a fantastic place to shop it is also steeped in history and having been prosperous since medieval times has a variety of architectural and heritage treasures throughout the town.
Take a break from the shops and cafes and meander around the town and get to know the history of some of Saffron Walden’s most iconic sights.
Stop by Saffron Walden’s award-winning Tourist Information Centre for a copy of the town trail leaflet which will guide you around all the key historical attractions or view it online here.
You will discover the ruins of the 12th century motte and bailey castle with a stone keep which have recently benefitted from a major restoration project. Saffron Walden Museum is one of the oldest purpose built museums in the country and filled with local artefacts as well as collections from around the world.
Learn how Saffron Walden played a major role in the evolution of democracy and see The Old Sun Inn on the corner of Market Hill and Church Street believed to have been frequented by Oliver Cromwell and General Fairfax during the Civil War.
Marvel at the parish church, St Mary’s, which is the largest in Essex and be enchanted by the serenity of the restored Victorian gardens at Bridge End.