Cressing Temple Barns

Cressing Temple medieval barns, surrounded by neat grass lawns

We would love to welcome you to Cressing Temple Barns, helping to host your dream wedding or otherwise exciting event. In close proximity to Tiptree Tea Room, there’s certainly an abundance of activities and treats to enjoy when you visit our historical venue.

The beautifully unique buildings and gardens that encompass Cressing Temple Barns attract interest from across the country. Given to the Knights Templar in 1137, its Grade I-listed Barley and Wheat Barns are among the oldest surviving timber barns in England; your photos and memories will be filled with history and untouched, centuries-old details.

Our Walled Garden has been faithfully reconstructed as a Tudor pleasure garden, one of few in the country. Meanwhile, cream teas at ‘The Barns’ Tea Room are incredibly popular, making for a relaxing afternoon in the English countryside. Hosting a wedding with us means that your guests will enjoy the fascinating story of Cressing Temple Barns, a rich tale that will only add to the romantic narrative of your big day. 

Admission and parking at Cressing Temple Barns is usually free, allowing you to enjoy a delicious picnic in our gardens with ease. There may be admission charges if we’re hosting one of our exciting events, so please check our list of closure and restricted access days.

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Monday to Sunday
10.30 am to 4pm
Free entry
On closure and restricted access days, there may be different opening times and entry charges.

Find and contact

Witham Road
CM77 8PD

Site number: 03330 132738

At this place

Dogs: On leads
Picnics: Allowed
BBQ: Not Allowed


M.R. James Ghost Stories

19th November 2019

Mosaic Coaster: Workshop

Thursday 7th November 2019

Wreath Making at Cressing Temple Barns

December 2019



Medieval barns and historic buildings

The Grade-I listed Barley and Wheat Barns, built in the 13th century, are among the oldest timber barns and the few surviving Templar buildings in England. Another Grade-I listed timber-framed building, the Granary, built sometime just after 1575, is the largest granary in Essex. These and other farm buildings are open to the public.

The Walled Garden and other gardens

Cressing Temple Barns' Walled Garden is a faithfully reconstructed Tudor pleasure garden, one of few to be found nationally. Painstakingly researched for authenticity, its original Tudor brick wall encloses a knot garden with box hedging, a nosegay garden, arbour, medicinal plants and a vegetable garden. Its centrepiece is a brick fountain with four spouts symbolising the rivers of paradise. Water trickles from the fountain along a rill to a Tudor brick fishpond.

Other gardens on site include:

  • Cullen Garden, planted to encourage insect and bird life, where there are several tables and benches for picnics;
  • Jubilee Orchard, where mature trees produce an abundant crop of traditional apple varieties, many originating in Essex.

Friends of Cressing Temple Gardens

Friends of Cressing Temple Gardens work with the garden's Head Gardener to support our gardens. They also run garden tours, workshops and events.


Volunteers, with or without gardening experience, are always welcome in the walled garden and other areas. To volunteer, please contact the Head Gardener by emailing


With many tables around the site, picnics at Cressing Temple Barns are popular, especially in summer. Picnic tables in the Tea Room garden are for Tea Room customers only.


At our education days, children explore their chosen period of history through all their senses, brought to life by an experienced teacher with over 25 years’ experience. Education days are provided by R & H Services: Hands on History. Find out more about our Tudor and Medieval Education Days.

Traditional building skills and conservation training

Cressing Temple Barns plays host to a variety of historical lectures arranged by Place Services, Essex County Council. To view the full programme of events and enrol, please visit


Dogs are welcome into the grounds on leads. Please leave your dog outside when entering the historical buildings.

When there are events on at Cressing, please call us or check marketing information, as dogs may not be permitted at some events.

Assistance dogs are allowed everywhere on site.


Parking at Cressing Temple Barns is free.


Toilets can be found on site and include disabled and baby changing facilities.

The Barns Tea Room

Bright and vibrant, The Barns Tea Room serves meals made with fresh and local ingredients. The Barns’ extensive menu includes breakfasts, sandwiches, jacket potatoes, salads, cream teas, cakes, tea and coffee, cold drinks, wine and farmer’s ales. Opening times: Summer Monday to Sunday 9.30am to 5pm Winter Monday to Sunday 10am to 4pm. You can contact the tea room on 01376 585081.


Imagine your wedding taking place in this idyllic historic setting. Both stunning Templar barns and the Tudor Walled Garden are licensed for civil wedding ceremonies, partnerships and renewal of vows. To find out more about Cressing Temple Barns as a wedding venue, contact us at

Conference venue and meeting rooms

Our unique surroundings set Cressing Temple Barns apart as a meeting and conference venue.

Our main conference room in our modern visitors centre seats up to 50 people. Its high glass ceiling makes it light and bright, and on-site catering is available from The Barns Tea Rooms.

Smaller meeting rooms available on request.

For more information or to make an enquiry, please call 0333 013 2738 or email

Visitor centre

You’ll find the main reception area, entrance to tea rooms and conference facilities, leaflets about our events, and toilets in our Visitors Centre.


Information on access to Cressing Temple Barns can be found on AccessAble, formerly Disabled Go.

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