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Cressing Temple Barns, between Witham and Braintree, is of supreme interest for its unique buildings and gardens. Gifted to the Knights Templar in 1137, its Grade I-listed Barley and Wheat Barns, built in the 13th century, are among the oldest timber barns and few surviving Templar buildings in England. Displays inside outline the history of the Templars and the site.
Among Cressing Temple's many gardens, the Walled Garden is faithfully reconstructed as a Tudor pleasure garden - one of few in the country. Cream teas at 'The Barns' Tea Room and picnics in Cressing Temple's gardens are popular.
Admission and parking at Cressing Temple Barns is free, although donations are welcome.
There may be admission charges if there’s an event on – please check Cressing Temple future events https://www.explore-essex.com/events or call in advance of your visit.
Tiptree Tea Rooms
‘The Barns’ at Cressing Temple is a bright and vibrant tea room, offering a wide range of homemade meals with fresh and local ingredients.
Toilets can be found on site and include disabled and baby changing facilities.
Please note, Cressing Temple Barns will be closed to visitors on the following days:
Monday 26 July
Saturday 31 July
Thursday 12 Aug
Saturday 28 August – Closed from 1pm
Saturday 4 September
The Walled Garden will be closed to visitors on these dates:
Wednesday 4 August – Closed between 12.30pm-4.30pm
Saturday 14 August – Closed between 11am–3pm
Free entry. On event days, times may differ and there may be an entry charge.
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Picnic site
- Baby changing facilities
- Children welcome
- Clear signage
- COVID-19 measures in place
- COVID-19 risk assessment completed
- Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
- Open now
- Facilities for educational visits
- Facilities for groups
Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities
- Facilities for conferencing
- Free Parking
- Public toilets
- Accepts groups
- Coach parties accepted
Map & Directions
From Colchester take the A12 to Witham. Head out towards Braintree on the B1018. Cressing Temple Barns are well sign posted.The nearest railway station is Witham Railway Station, which is 3 miles away.