Our favourite places to visit

There are so many places to visit when staying at Drake Cottage; some of which are on our attractions page. Here are some of my favourites:

Wyken Vineyards: The Leaping Hare Restaurant and store near Bury St Edmunds.  I absolutely love this restaurant, store, garden and vineyard. It’s about 45 minutes from the cottage and worth a day out all of its own; but please book ahead for lunch or dinner, it’s very popular and deservedly so. I always visit every time I’m over from the States – beautiful garden, simply delicious food and great shopping.


Wimpole Hall – Arrington near Royston -whether it’s a visit to view this beautiful house , a walk in the countryside or taking the kids to a working farm – perfect for a day out and about 40 minutes from the cottage.



Anglesey Abbey– Lode near Cambridge. Beautiful house, gorgeous gardens and being National Trust there’s a great restaurant too.

Anglesey Abbey - Front view of House - web ready


Saffron Hall – an award-winning 740-seat performance space built in the grounds of Saffron Walden County High School.The hall’s critically acclaimed acoustic and state-of-the-art facilities surpass many of the world’s more established venues and since the hall opened in November 2013 even the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Singers  have performed there. Worth a look to see what’s on when you are staying at the cottage. It’s about a 20 minute up hill walk from the cottage but there’s plenty of free parking too.

safffron hall

What’s on

Saffron Screen – no need to trek into Cambridge or Harlow to catch a film . Always something interesting to see . Buy your tickets ahead of time.

saffron screen


Saffron Walden Market – in the market place where else and literally, a 5 minute walk away. Held every Saturday and Tuesday. Fruit, vegetables, cheeses, bread, clothes, antiques, tools. Always fun to browse and bring back some goodies to the cottage.The lovely antique white bench and table in the courtyard came from a stall at the market.



Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre – there’s so much to see and do in the area and Mark Starte and his team at the Tourist Information Centre are only a few minutes walk away and ready to help you make the most of the town and the area. I recommend popping in as soon as you arrive at the cottage, as although we try to keep our information leaflets up to date, they know so much more. Tell them I sent you. It’s the little white shop front in the photo to the left of the beamed town hall in the photograph and situated in the market square.

Tourist information