Waltham Abbey lies 15 miles north east of London. It is most famous for the church that was built in the 11th century to house a miraculous cross. The church was rebuilt in stone by King Harold and after his death at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 he was laid to rest near to the church, and a stone slab in the churchyard commemorate's his death. Henry II refounded the church and changed its status to an Abbey, from where the town gained the word Abbey in its title. King Henry viii was also a frequent visitor to Waltham Abbey. There has been a market in Waltham Abbey for over 700 years. Now the market is held twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
At one time Waltham Abbey was in the Guinness book of records for having the most Pubs in a square mile. The Sun Inn is one of the oldest pubs, dating back to 1633 and is located in Sun Street. On Sun Street there are numerous pubs, cafes and restaurants which are all worth visiting offering a variety of food and drink. I can certainly recommend Tony's Pie and Mash shop and visitors include David Beckham when he is in the country!
There are numerous events during the year including King Harold Day, held the nearest Saturday to 14th October (anniversary of Harold's death) , Waltham Abbey Town show, a 2 day event held at Town Mead leisure park during the last weekend of June and The Cavalcade of light, held the last Friday of November, where a procession of floats are led by Father Christmas in his sleigh! As well as these, there are numerous events throughout the Summer at The Royal Gunpowder Mills, including medieval Jousting.
Local attractions include The Abbey Gardens, of which the rose Garden in Summer is a lovely quiet place to visit (the smell of lavender is everywhere) . The Royal Gunpowder Mills (described as the most important site for the history of explosives in Europe) is an interesting place for families to visit, with exhibitions, family activities and children's science shows. And not forgetting the Greenwich Meridian Line which passes through the Town - You can have your photograph taken with one foot in the Western hemisphere and the other in the Eastern hemisphere!
Finally if you are sports lover, there is Waltham Abbey FC which was founded in 1944 and at present play in the Isthmian South Central league, the Lea Valley Water Rafting Centre where the public can take to the water and take on the rapids (where the 2012 Olympic canoeing took place) - which also on Friday nights through out the summer hold a BBQ with music. Finally if you like Golf, there is the driving range on the Town Mead site.
All in all i think you would agree Waltham Abbey has something that would appeal to all tastes. Enjoy our Town.