The Cressing Temple Barns
Telephone: 01376 584903
The largest of the Knights Templar’s Essex based landholdings boasts the oldest known wooden structure in the world, so some serious historical stuff here if you're aiming for that side of things, but wonderful features like the medieval moat (around the farmland) for those who just want to soak up the atmosphere and let their imagination run off with them.
A nice place for kids to take photos too - or even a costume and sword if you're feeling indulgent!
The gardens are split into knot, nosegay, medicinal and kitchen so provide a pleasingly varied portrait of the needs of the traditional household. Again it's one of those things that are both pleasing to look at in shallowness but even more fascinating in depth, so you can make this as educational as you like with a bit of effort and there are some really interesting ingredients scattered about.
There are picnic tables around the site and designated areas where running and such is perfectly acceptable, but this is largely a walk and look visit, not a run about and shout visit! That said there are accessible loos and baby changing available so they clearly welcome families.
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It may be worth checking out The Cressing Temple Barns's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.
We do strongly suggest you contact The Cressing Temple Barns before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.
2016 Opening Details:
Everything is open daily 10:30am to 4:30pm (grounds, barns and garden) unless it is booked for a wedding, so check ahead if it's the sole focus of your trip.
Prices & Admission
The site is Free to visitors on non event days.
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