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How To Spend A Weekend In Finchingfield | Essex

If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend away from the hustle and bustle of life in the city, then a weekend in Finchingfield is just what you need. This little village in Essex is just 54 miles away from London and is one of the most photographed villages in England. You’ll find a beautiful duck pond, rolling green hills, colourful thatched cottages and an 18th-century windmill to name just a few places within walking distance of each other. There are plenty of things to do in Finchingfield to keep you busy! Here’s a guide to visiting this picturesque village…

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About Finchingfield

This idyllic village has long captured the hearts of anyone who visits. It’s a textbook example of a traditional English village and has all of the charms to match. However, Finchingfield offers more than just stunning views; it also has an intriguing history that dates back to the Anglo-Saxons.

It was first recorded as a settlement in the famous Domesday Book of 1086 under the name Phincinghefelda. The name suggests its early origin was ‘land cleared by the people of Phinc’. In subsequent centuries, it’s become known for its beauty and quaintness. Attracting thousands of visitors annually to explore its Saxon roots. Throughout the centuries, the village has remained largely unchanged and still features many historical buildings.

Where to stay in Finchingfield?

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If you’re planning a weekend in this part of Essex, I would highly recommend staying in an Unplugged Rest. We spent a weekend in an off-grid cabin just a short 10-minute walk out of the village and it was the perfect accommodation. For more details about our stay, you can read all about it in this blog here.

For other options on places to stay, take a look at this map below or use the search bar to find other properties that are available in neighbouring villages. Saffron Walden is just a short drive away and is a great base for exploring these areas.

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Things To Do In Finchingfield

Finchingfield will transport you back in time from the charming duck pond to the pastel-washed cottages, there’s plenty of old-world charm. It’s no surprise why this little gem has been featured on postcards for years! Here are a few places to visit during your time in Finchingfield –

Guildhall

Begin your trip to the heart of the village at the Finchingfield Guildhall. This is a stunning timber-framed building constructed in the 1500’s that serves as a testament to the village’s rich history.

St. John’s Church

St. John’s Church is another must-see attraction with its impressive medieval tower and fascinating graveyard filled with old headstones.

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Windmill

One of the most recognizable landmarks in Finchingfield is the iconic 18th-century windmill perched atop the village green. Originally built as part of King George III’s ‘model villages’ scheme to improve rural development throughout Britain, this historic structure has been grinding flour for centuries and remains a testament to the area’s rich agricultural heritage.

We were lucky enough to go inside the windmill as we visited on a weekend when they had an open day! Once we climbed the narrow, steep stairs we were treated to some wonderful views across the village.

Village Green

At the heart of the village, you’ll find a delightful duck pond surrounded by lush greenery, a few shops, a pub and a little hump-backed bridge! Keep an eye out for the local wildlife, such as dragonflies in the summertime, or baby ducks in the spring.

Countryside Walk

One of the best ways to experience Finchingfield’s beautiful countryside is by taking a leisurely stroll along one of its many public footpaths. Keep your eyes peeled for kingfishers, woodpeckers, roaming deers and badgers that call this place home. Then after a day of exploring, there’s no better way to round off your visit than a hearty meal at one of the local pubs.

Things to do in Finchingfield

Places To Eat in Finchingfield

You’ll find some of the best places to eat in the local area dotted around Finchingfield. Whether you fancy an afternoon tea or a Sunday Roast, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here are some of the places to eat in Finchingfield –

Breakfast

Winners Tearoom: Open from 9 am most days in the week. This traditional English Tearoom is a good option if you’re looking for a hearty breakfast, or a place to grab a coffee and cake during the day. You can relax inside their snug cafe, or make the most of the sunshine on their outside terrace overlooking the village green.

Lunch / Lite Bites

Picture Pot Tearoom: If you have a craving for some jam, scones and clotted cream this is the place to go for a spot of afternoon tea! This tearoom is open on weekends and Tuesdays between 10 am – 4 pm.

Dinner

Zafra Pasta Bar and Grillhouse: If pizza or a pasta dish is more your thing, then this family-run Italian restaurant is a great spot to visit. You’ll find fresh fish, steaks, pizza and pasta on the menu here!

The Finchingfield Lion: This dog-friendly pub serves good food, using the freshest local ingredients that are prepared simply and with flair. If you want a Sunday Roast this is the place to go! Meals are served throughout the day and there’s no need to reserve a table in advance.

The Fox Inn: This 16th Century Coaching Inn is favoured by locals and visitors alike. Located in the heart of Finchingfield it overlooks the village green and duck pond making it the perfect place to grab a pint and soak in the views all year round.

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Places To Visit Nearby

If you’re visiting for a few days and want to explore a few more areas in Essex there are plenty of villages that are just a short drive away. Here are a few of those locations –

Thaxted Village Thaxted windmill

Great Bardfield – Just 6 miles away from Finchingfield you’ll find this picturesque village full of historic buildings.

Saffron Walden – This historic town is just 9 miles away from Finchingfield and has a rich heritage with a magnificent medieval market square, streets full of interesting shops and an impressive museum.

Thaxted – Known for its historic architecture, windmill and guildhall this little village looks straight out of a postcard.

Places to visit near Finchingfield

Where To Park in Finchingfield?

There isn’t a car park in Finchingfield, instead, you’ll find plenty of places available for on-road parking located throughout the village and these spots are completely free.

If you visit during bank holiday weekends and in the peak summer months finding an empty spot might become a challenge. It’s best to visit early morning before 10 am to get a good place to park, out of season and during the week this won’t be as much of an issue.

For our weekend in Finchingfield, we visited in May and found a parking spot on the village green without too much difficulty.

Best Time To Visit

The best time of year to visit Finchingfield depends on what you’re looking to do during your trip here. Many visitors enjoy the spring and summer months when the weather is mild and the countryside is in full bloom. We visited during a weekend in Spring and this was a great time to enjoy the sunny weather without dealing with the crowds that comes with the busy summer months.

Best time to visit Finchingfield

INFORMATION AT A GLANCE

Name | Finchingfield

Postcode | CM7 4JS

Location | Longitude and Latitude: 51.9675° N, 0.4501° E

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