Bridge End Gardens is a grade II English Heritage site located in Saffron Walden, Essex. The gardens have a history dating back to 1828 and were first conceived by a local banker named Atkinson Francis Gibson. In 1902, Bridge End Gardens were opened to the public and designated as a 'public pleasure ground' where visitors to the region can come to relax, enjoy the beautiful topiary and even get lost in a maze! Today, enjoying English Heritage status, the gardens are a popular local attraction and well worth stopping by if you're staying in any nearby Essex hotels.
Be Amazed at Bridge End Gardens from Your Essex Hotels
In the early 2000s the gardens were was restored to their original 1870 plan and are today a fitting reminder of their former Victorian magnificence. There are several distinct areas of the garden, including The Dutch Garden, which is overlooked by an iron viewing platform, the summerhouse lawn, the pavilion and the kitchen garden. One of the most striking parts of the gardens is the Hedge Maze, which was first planted by Francis Gibson in 1840 and has since undergone a series of restorations. Today, it's one of the finest mazes in the country and should you make it to the centre you'll encounter a beautiful sculpture by Hamish Horsley entitled 'Mermaids'. For those keen to learn more about the gardens and their fascinating history, there is now a visitor centre located in The Walled Garden.
A Grand Day Out at Bridge End Gardens near Hotels in Essex
With its Victorian character and its magnificent maze, Bridge End Gardens is a great place to and has a mystery and magic that children will love. There several great hotels in Essex that are just a short drive from the gardens, including The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel, itself a historic building and an apt place to stay if you're keen to explore the county's heritage.
Bridge End Gardens is located in the market town of Saffron Walden, which has plenty of other fascinating historic landmarks worth visiting. Notably, after exploring the gardens you might choose to see the ruins of 12th century Walden Castle. As a fairly lively town in Essex, you'll also find plenty of shops and amenities in Saffron Walden.