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Audley End

National Rail | station code AUD

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Audley End station is in the picturesque village of Wendens Ambo.

Audley End House & Garden EH 1½ miles

A large Jacobean mansion with a great deal to see including the State Rooms, private apartments and a restored 1830s Nursery Suite with period costumes and replica toys. The Service Wing gives an insight into life for servants in Victorian times. Stables with riding displays and talks. The Gardens, remodelled by 'Capability' Brown, include the cascaded Elysian Garden, Classical Temple of Concord, lake, walled Kitchen Garden and restored 19th-century formal garden. Children's play area. Restaurant and café.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1700, House 1030-1600. Nov-Mar, see website.

Audley End Miniature Railway 1½ miles

A 1½ mile 10¼" gauge railway through private woodland. Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk. Additional Model Engineering Society trains on smaller tracks. Café and picnic area.
Open Mar-Oct, SSu, BH & school holidays, see websites for details. |

Note: The attractive market town of Saffron Walden (see below) is 1¼ miles walk from Audley End House and Miniature Railway.

Audley End and Saffron Walden map

Saffron Walden 2½ miles or by bus

An attractive market town with many historic buildings, including the large St Mary's Church and houses with fine examples of moulded plasterwork (pargeting). Markets are held on Tuesdays and Saturdays. A Town Trail is available to download from the website.
Bus 319/320/321 from station forecourt to Saffron Walden, High Street. 10 minutes journey, M-S hourly. Operated by Stephensons.

TI Tel. 01799 524002.

Saffron Walden Museum, 2½ miles or by bus

One of the oldest museums in Britain, the collection covers local and world history. The grounds contain the ruins of a Norman castle. Family activities programme.
Open WThFS 1000-1630, Su & BH 1400-1630.
Bus see Saffron Walden above.

Fry Art Gallery, 2½ miles or by bus

A collection of work by local 20th century artists, including Edward Bawden, Eric Ravillious and Michael Rothenstein. The collection includes paintings, books, prints and ceramics. Admission free.
Open May-Oct, TWThFSSu & BH 1400-1700 (opens 1100 on Sat).
Bus see Saffron Walden above.

Bridge End Garden, 2½ miles or by bus

A series of interlinked gardens laid out in the 19th century. Careful restoration has replicated designs and gardening techniques typical of the Victorian period. Admission free.
Open Daily, dawn-dusk.
Bus see Saffron Walden above.

Turf Maze, 2½ miles or by bus

On the eastern side of the Common, this is the largest surviving turf maze in Europe with a path of about a mile within the circle. Admission free.
Open Daily dawn-dusk.
Bus see Saffron Walden above.