A hidden gem in Saffron Walden, Bridge End Garden is a series of seven interlinked gardens laid out by the Gibson family in the nineteenth century. Now Grade II listed, they are open free of charge to the public, and you should make time to visit them.
Close to St. Mary’s Church, there’s a delightful entrance to the gardens, through a single doorway and down a narrow path, giving them a feel of a secret garden. The formal garden with closely clipped geometric hedges has a central fountain (with a surprise in it!). And, the first time we’ve seen this, a wrought iron viewing platform that enables you to get up high and take a photo of the garden in all its glory (see pix below).
There are enticing views of neighbouring gardens through doorways, follies within follies, and a full size hedge maze to get lost in! The walled garden is a work in progress, and there’s just so much to see!