After suffering from a serious case of cabin fever, I decided it was high time to go wobbly house hunting…after a stroll through my bookmarked pages on the web I decided a little trip to Saffron Walden was in order…it’s a real hidden gem of Essex.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

The market town really ticked all my boxes – wobbly drunk buildings…

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

…colourful houses (I’m not a fan of beige, can you tell!)…

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

…cute little cottage names, we fell in love with Buttercup Cottage, front door and all…

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

 

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

…a rather handsome church…

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

and pretty doors (you know I can’t pass up a pretty door!).

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

My new word for the week…pargetting (thank goodness for G’s mum explaining this all to me!)…

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

…which is this beautiful mould work on the outside of the buildings.  One of my lovely instagram followers has suggested a visit to Clare for more pargetting sweetness…it was already on my radar so I think it now has to happen!

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

This cute little building which now houses an antique store which wasn’t open…

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

…was the headquarters for Oliver Cromwell way back in 1647 (I’m a King Hentry VIII groupie…not a fan of Mr Cromwell AT ALL)

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

…way before I was a twinkle in daddy’s great, great, great, great grandfathers eye…or could it be more than x 4…who knows?!?

Look at all the fabulous pargetting…

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

…it’s just so exquisite!  Of course I may have taken way too many photos…can you tell that pargetting is my new favourite word.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

Saffron Walden is really and I mean REALLY fabulous for shopping; it’s full of little antique shops (totally gutted that I didn’t buy that vintage gondola bag…maybe I could return as it’s only a 45 minute drive from Bedford hmmm)…absolutely lovely interior shops that make you want to redecorate your house five times over and set up a million pinterest boards…and then of course there was the door shop…

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

…you know I love a good ol’ door!

Just be weary of this crowd…the super dangerous, Pram Gangsters!

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

Spring has officially sprung in Saffron Walden thank goodness…I get excited at this time of year as I know the National Trust, English Heritage and the Historic Houses around the United Kingdom all start to do a bit of spring cleaning in readiness for opening…and I can’t wait…anyone else with me?!

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

Saffron Walden has held a market town warrant since 1141…so it seemed like a good idea to visit the town on a market day which is held on every Tuesday and Saturday…we had a snoop around the fresh produce (one of the stores only sells local produce from within a certain mile reach…I love stores like that…we need to support our local growers!)…fresh bread…we picked up some bits and pieces for G (no gluten free options unfortunately)

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

…looked at the flower stall and decided to buy a cheap bunch of daffodils instead…and then moved onto the olives for G.   Apparently Jamie Oliver is a frequent visitor to the market as he lives locally…we didn’t spot him but if you’re stalking Mr Oliver then maybe this is a good starting point.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

We came away with a big bag of treats, mainly for G as he was left at home dogsitting his little one-eyed doggy sister…and I left feeling so much better…drunk wobbly buildings are the best medicine in world (give me a drunk wobbly building over a paracetamol any day!)

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

Travel Tips for Saffron Walden, Essex

  • If you are visiting the town on Saturday, my advice is to get there early as the town centre can get busy traffic wise.  There is a large car park (just follow the parking signs) which is only a short walking distance from the market and there is a fee payable so make sure you have some coins jingling in your pocket.
  • You can travel to Saffron Walden by train however you need to catch the train to Audley End Station and then catch the bus to the town – you can find more train information at thetrainline.com
  • The English Heritage property, Audley End House and Gardens is close by so you could visit both Saffron Walden and then move onto Audley End House.
  • We struggled to find gluten free options in Saffron Walden (I wasn’t in the mood for a baked potato!) however we finally found a little spot which did a really corker piece of gluten free carrot cake…Maze Cafe – Maze by Day, Meze by Night…the team are super gorgeous and very polite so make sure you pop in for a slice of cake and a cuppa.
  • The fabulous buildings with pargetting can be found on Castle Street and Bridge Street.
  • Sensible shoes are required for a wander around the town but you could do it in heels if you love to live dangerously! 
  • If you need any other Essex travel tips then why not check out my post on the delightful Constable country and also the Visit Saffron Walden website and Visit Essex website.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

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I won’t lie…I love the snow so you can imagine the high pitch screams of joy that G awoke to when I realised it had snowed overnight during our mini break to Kent.  As we made our way through Kent to East Sussex, the snow was settling and turning it into a beautiful winter wonderland unfortunately the snow doesn’t really settle in Rye but we still enjoyed our snowy day out to Rye…albeit my fingers are still a bit frosty.

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

Parking the car, we went for a wander around the town…G’s mum has wanted to visit Rye for years as it’s always popping up on those day time antique tv shows (yes I love them as well!) and this was my second visit to Rye as it’s a rather easy day trip from London on the train which I had done in the past many a moon ago.

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

G’s mum knows I love a good door photo…so she found me a door…bless her little cotton socks!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

The high street is a tad tight with cars and little boutique shops which are good for shopping (however it did feel a lot more commercial on this visit unfortunately)…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…it didn’t stop us window shopping (my frugal friday spreadsheet has curbed my shopping like no ones business!)…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…G’s mum said this was her dream house so of course we peered through the window to have a snoop inside (best thing about the winter months, it’s good for snooping inside other peoples houses when they have the lights on!)…you can even see the old man reading his newspaper in the living room…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…I found myself another door to photograph which was part of a delightful wobbly house…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…we pondered about having a cup of tea to warm up our frosty fingers…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…but decided to descend Mermaid Street aka England’s most photogenic street!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

Mermaid Street is very pretty…full of dainty buildings…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…wobbly buildings…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…little houses with two front doors..one for Arthur and one for Martha…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…another rather fetching door or three which I’m sure would be more photogenic during the summer months…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…and a rather old wobbly pub called The Mermaid Inn with gorgeous stained glass windows (built in 1420)

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…and flower boxes outside full of brightly coloured cyclamens which offered a pop of winter colour….

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…someone offered a really good piece of advice…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…not sure why you want to stick feathers up your bottom…obviously some things tickle other peoples bottoms more than others.

So Mermaid Street is rather picture perfect and photogenic to boot but we had the cutest experience ever of seeing a little man who lived in one of the houses trying to clean the street with his little brush with no bristles and a watering can while it was snowing…we stood and watched him go about his business…he had also left his front door wide open so we got a little peek inside as we walked past…he was such a little character and really made our day with his Mermaid Street shenanigans.

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

^^He really did add a huge dose of personality to the street and I just wanted to give him a cuddle but you know this is England and cuddling is frowned upon!

After our jolly and chilly walk around Rye where it was snowing but not settling…just think how wonderful it would have looked it if the snow had settled…it was time for a hot chocolate and a slice of gluten free cake to warm up our frosty fingers…we found G tucked up inside Hayden’s enjoying a cup of coffee…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…after the rather delicious gluten free cake and scone the day before in Chilham…things fell a bit short at Hayden’s on the gluten free cake front…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…it was lemon drizzle which was fine, I do love a grand ol’ piece of lemon drizzle cake however it had so much sugar in it that it made my teeth feel funny…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…and G’s mum found clumps of sugar inside her cake…someone needs to put a bit more elbow grease into mixing everything together before chucking the cake in the oven!  It wasn’t bad overall but it wasn’t good either.  The hot chocolate wasn’t bad.

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

Travel Tips for a Day Trip to Rye, East Sussex

  • Rye is an easy day trip via train ex London and why not check out this post on other easy peasy day trips from London by train.
  • If you are arriving by car then there are a number of car parks dotted around the town, we were lucky enough to find parking on the main street for our visit
  • There are a number of little tea shops that offer gluten free food; we headed to Hayden’s which was okay but I wouldn’t return.  The Cobbles Tea Room also has gluten free options available but unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to try.
  • Rye has a number of little antique shops to rummage through if you love a bit of bargain hunting
  • The town is very popular during the summer weekends so you need to time your visit wisely unless you like rambling through towns with every Tom, Dick and Harry…we thought Saturday during February was perfect for our Day Trip to Rye. 
  • Another cute little spot in East Sussex to visit is Alfriston…the home of the first National Trust property in England
  • Flat Shoes are required as Mermaid Street is extremely wonky to walk up!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

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If you didn’t already know, I’m a huge Jane Austen fan…right down to having a Jane Austen bucket list…ask me about the Bronte sisters and I don’t have a clue!  I was watching the BBC production of Emma a few while ago when I was having a bad day (I like to destress via an Austen drama) and realised that they hadn’t used the village of Lacock in Wiltshire so I put on my PI Google hat and went a googling…and found Chilham in Kent.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

We were heading down to Kent to visit a sick relative so we made a little detour to visit to Chilham and it was everything I had hoped it to be.  As we were driving to Chilham, I told G that there weren’t many photos of Chilham on instagram and it wasn’t insta-famous which I was rather pleased about (I like visiting little hidden gems that aren’t too touristy)…G then took the mickey out of me for the next five minutes over these comments (deservedly so!).

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

As soon as we pulled into the tiny village, the door was open and I was out of the car before G had even come to a complete stop…I completely forgot about G until 45 minutes later…he was apparently happy as it meant he wasn’t dragged past a million doors.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

The village is only tiny so it doesn’t take very long to wander around however it’s very pretty so you could take a while if you love photography.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

Chilham has a grand old history including a visit from Jane Austen as she had dinner at Chilham Castle which you can see from the middle of the square – unfortunately you can’t visit the castle (or possibly fortunately for G as he was hobbling around on crutches!)…it’s a truly wonderful thought that this tiny village that Jane Austen had visited for dinner was then used by the BBC in their production of Emma centuries later.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

^^Chilham Castle

Of course there was a church to visit where it was thought Thomas Beckett was buried…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…I was more taken with the snowdrops that have finally started to appear…happy dance as it means spring is just around the chilly corner…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…and the tree in the churchyard which is older than the church itself (the church dates back to the 15th century); it was badly damaged in the famous storm of 1987 which the weather man said there would be no storm…the weather man was VERY wrong.  (G’s family talk about this storm quite a lot…the English like to yarn about the weather!)

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

There is a cute little shop in the market square selling all the gifts a girl could want…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…I closed my eyes, took a photo of the pretty blankets and moved on…I do love a good ol’ blanket and I have picked up a few on my travels in the past (Our Norwegian blanket that G told me we would never use, is always in use mainly by G!).

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

After almost giving myself RSI from taking way too many photos…I herded G into the cute little tea rooms that I saw while I was wandering around…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…and yes they did gluten free…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…we sat across from a cute little mother and son, the mother was in her 80’s and was dozing over her cup of tea…she was awfully cute and her son really took care of her making sure she didn’t trip over her extra long scarf on the way out etc; it reminded me of my mummy with birdie nana…you can see them heading back to the car through the window here holding hands…now you see them…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…now you don’t!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

I’m pretty sure aliens have taken over G’s body recently as once again he ordered a bloody tuna salad while I took one for team gluten free and ordered the victoria sponge and a scone…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…both were amazing and I would say the scones are almost on par with Claridge’s and don’t get me started about how great that gluten free victoria sponge was…buttery perfection to a whole new level.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

After all that deliciousness, it was time to head back to Rochester where we were staying for the night…complete with a victoria sponge doggy bag!

I absolutely adored Chilham and would highly recommend a visit if you’re into wobbly buildings, fabulous gluten free cake or just love snooping around a tiny little village.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

Travel Tips for Chilham, Kent

  • All roads lead to the market square however there is a limited amount of parking but there is free parking at the bottom and it’s an easy stroll up one of the many roads to the centre.
  • Highly recommend Shelly’s Tea Rooms in Chilham if you’re after gluten free cakes and scones…G said it was the best tuna salad he’s had for a while and I think we would happily drive almost three hours just to visit these tea rooms again.
  • There are two little pubs in the village and one of them offers accommodation
  • Chilham is rather close to Canterbury so if you have a car then it would be worth a little detour to visit this little village
  • Some interesting facts I learnt about Chilham while eating cake – Jane Austen stayed nearby at Godmersham Park and dined at Chilham Castle; Chilham has the perfect example of a Tudor Village Square and is often used in tv series and movies due to this and a member of the Digges Family that went on to become the first Governor General of Virginia took a Mulberry cutting from Chilham and planted them on Mulberry Island hence it’s name.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

xx

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Shhh don’t tell anyone but Athens is one of my favourite European cities…it’s authentic, charming and there is a dose of history around every corner.  We only had 48 hours in Athens on this occasion however we put it to good use by *cough* relaxing and eating.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

We arrived late afternoon in Athens and caught a taxi from the airport (beware of the taxi drivers; we were pretty firm with our driver after he tried it on…just the once!) and checked into the Intercontinental Athens (not my favourite hotel in Athens and will write a review one day; it felt a bit dated, soulless and the service was mixed).

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

The first night we had access to the Intercontinental Club lounge where we enjoyed a light supper via the nibbles in the lounge and a few drinks while appreciating the view over the city.

The next morning we had a full day…to be fair we’ve done a number of the touristy things in Athens that you really should tick off on a visit to the city so we decided to climb a hill to get another view over the city from the Hill of the Muses…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…it’s pretty wonderful up there…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…with great views over the city…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…make sure you wear sensible shoes as it’s not stable ground.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

After our stroll up a hill, we managed to end up in a middle of a religious procession that we had no idea about…thankfully a lovely old Greek lady grabbed me and explained that it was a particular saints day and we were close to her church (I have a funny feeling it was Catherine but I could be just making that up!) but it’s one of the reasons why I love Athens – the culture, history, religion and the friendly people that stop and chat to you…we held hands as she explained everything.  A truly lovely moment that I will cherish.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

G decided that he needed a ride on a segway and I wasn’t really feeling up for a segway tour so while he whizzed around seeing the city from different vantage points (he really loved this tour!)...I used my feet and just lost myself in the streets of Athens…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…photographing the hell out of it…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…the city felt a tad festive which surprised me (never thought of Christmas and Greece together before…doh!)

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…Athens at times does remind me of Paris…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…pretty in pink to make the boys wink!

The city felt empty of tourists, it was November so it was nice to chat to shop keepers and one in particular stopped me when he saw that my camera was on manual mode not auto…he loved photography so we had a chat…the Greeks love to chat.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

I managed to photograph myself a few doors of course!

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Unfortunately I had fibroid issues on this day (once you overheat, it’s game over!) and ended up having to change my entire bottom half in the smallest and smelliest toilet in all of Athens…the joys of not being able to flush paper down the toilet makes public toilets reek even more than usual!  I’m still pretty proud of myself balancing on one shoe while trying to pull off and chuck on jeans in what felt like a tiny cage.  I survived to tell the tale!

I did ponder about buying a pair of slippers…I haven’t succumbed yet but next time a pair of these bad boys are coming home with me…along with another 25 litres of olive oil.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

After a quick walk back to the hotel, a shower and a brisk walk to the Hotel Grande Bretagne as I was meeting G for afternoon tea…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…G wanted to make sure that the Grande Bretagne in Athens still made the best scones in the whole world…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…they were rigorously tested (don’t ask me why the napkin ended up there…the shirt desperately needed a iron and he needed a trim as well which I was nagging him about)…they still hold the number one spot so if you’re a gluten eating monster then you need to make sure you pop in and taste their scones and their gluten free afternoon tea is pretty good as well!

We decided to head up to the terrace bar at the hotel which offers fabulous views over Athens…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…and then watch the sunset…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…I managed to get over my fear of flying rats (joking…still totally petrified of birds!  And I forgot to focus the darn thing on the bird…doh!)…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…they make a rather tasty mocktail if you’re that way inclined which I am!

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

The following morning I decided to head out again to discover some more beauty spots around the historical centre of Athens…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…Athens is famous for it’s street art…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…in between ducking inside a few art shops, Athens does some seriously good art if you like bright bold striking colours (which I do!)….and yes there is a lot of graffiti as well…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…Athens is fabulous for people watching as it’s full of funny little characters like this gentleman who gave me a wink when I dropped in a few coins; traditional Greek music and possibly helping someone out is good for the soul (you never know a persons circumstances)…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…I found all this just by walking around the touristy area of Athens…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…I love a colourful destination…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…Athens does make me smile and I thought to myself, hmmm 48 hours in Athens really isn’t enough even on my 4th visit to the city!  I stumbled on a few ancient ruins…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…another man entertaining the small crowd of only me…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…and just kept wandering around (I managed to find myself a few cushion covers and a load of olive oil…yes I’m officially old!).

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Travel Tips for Athens, Greece

  • The historical centre of Athens is quite compact so you can walk around with slightly pretty shoes if you fancy (just don’t do heels!)
  • I’ve stayed at a few hotels in Athens and my favourite is the Hotel Grande Bretagne (great location, lovely service, iconic hotel which is part of the Starwood chain of hotels) or there is the Intercontinental Athens (IHG chain of hotels) which is more business focussed and takes approximately 10 minutes to walk into the historic centre.
  • A taxi will cost you 38 euros from the airport to downtown Athens and this is a fixed rate but could change so check the board at the taxi stand – some taxi drivers will try and play funny buggers so I suggest having two 20 euro notes available rather than a 50 euro note and don’t listen to their bollocks about riots closing roads in central Athens – they just don’t want to take you all the way into the city
  • You can catch the metro or buses from the airport which takes approximately an hour and is a cheaper alternative.
  • If you are looking for a day trip from Athens then I would suggest Nafplio, the Islands of the Saronic Gulf or the Poseidon Temple which are all worth while and I’ve visited them all.  Plus I have a load more Athens tips here including where to buy Greek Sandals and another great view point.
  • Athens is really quite hip and it’s slowly becoming a foodie hotspot – Greek food is on the rise; simple but tasty flavours and you can easily find gluten free options!
  • The Hotel Grande Bretagne offer a lovely afternoon tea in their Winter Garden which is definitely worth checking out.
  • Athens is often dubbed as boring and overlooked as an entry / exit point for the Greek Islands; I always suggest 48 hours in Athens to really discover an authentic European city where history, locals and tourists mingle making it a great alternative city break destination.  Athens won’t be for everyone but I love it!

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

xx

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