The Cressing Temple Barns | Day Out With The Kids

The Cressing Temple Barns

5 star Rating 5 / 5 1 reviews

Braintree, Essex, England

  • Vintage cars at The Cressing Temple Barns in Braintree
  • Aerial view of The Cressing Temple Barns in Braintree
  • Wooden shed at The Cressing Temple Barns in Braintree

Attraction Information

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Ages: 4+

Venue type: Outdoor

The Cressing Temple Barns is 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.


  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Baby Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


Witham Road, Braintree, Essex, CM77 8PD, England


Click here to visit The Cressing Temple Barns's website
01376 584903

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 10:30 - 16:00


Free admission

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Fantastic site, lots to see and do, great space

5 star Rating 5 / 5

Written by dorsettimewalktours . 02.04.19

This time last year we went to the History Festival. It was a fantastic day out for the family, and the Kids got in for FREE! Car park was free too. It's on again this year over April 13th - 14th, and we are making a day of it this time! Wonderful to see so much action, and the kids loved getting involved. Have-a-go archery, sword fighting, and even a shopping opportunity at the historical market. The Medieval dancing was great fun for all the family, and I learnt lots about history too! The Kids said it was the "best day out all Easter" when they got back home.