A photo of the sign outside the building with 'Cressing Temple Barns'.


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.

‘The Barns’ at Cressing Temple is a bright and vibrant Tiptree 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.



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets


  • On-site catering
  • Picnic site

COVID-19 Response

  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Open now
  • Outside seating


  • Free Parking

Map & Directions

Cressing Temple Barns

Type:Historic Site

Witham Road, Cressing, BRAINTREE, Essex, CM77 8PD
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Tel0333 013 2738

Opening Times

* Open spaces: 9.30am-5pm

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