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“Barnstormingly beautiful.”
Review of Cressing Temple

Cressing Temple
Ranked #3 of 26 things to do in Braintree
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A beautiful setting hosting two of the world's oldest and finest timber-built barns, dating back to the 1200's and built by the Knights Templar and complimented by a Tudor Walled Garden. The perfect wedding ceremony venue and a fascinating place for coach tours, finished off perfectly with a visit to the Tiptree Tearoom. We also host numerous events throughout the year - Admission fees will apply when the events take place and opening hours may differ.
Woodham Ferrers, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Barnstormingly beautiful.”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

I recently went to these barns in Essex...they are HUGE. The oldest barns in Europe and full of history. The site is easy to find. The facilities are ok, just toilets. There is a cafe on site but appears not to be open on a regular basis ,so if you visit you may want to take some drinks and snacks. Inside the barns there is plenty of information about their history and the displays are good . You can also visit the Granary with the most uneven floor I have ever seen, fascinating. There is also a walled garden full of herbs, shrubs and trees. It has a viewing platform so you can see the garden from a height which allows you to see the topiary to its best advantage. So if you like history gardens and are intrigued by tales of the Knights Templar this is for you.

Visited July 2014
Thank Doris B
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2014

The National Trust should take a few lessons from English Heritage and learn how to run an attraction like this. Truly superb, the staff made us feel really welcome and the restaurant is excellent.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank David J
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Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Dating back to the mythical knights Templar”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

Wonderful huge Medieval barn complex, built by the knights Templar. Now a museum and event venue, well worth a visit.

Visited April 2014
Thank Essexman_9
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Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit if your in the area.”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

Have been here a few times now, the food fairs are always good, though admission a little pricey but it does include parking. Some good stalls and the site itself has an interesting history and their theme days teach you more about this. A worthwhile way to spend a morning or afternoon.

Visited August 2013
Thank Mark F
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Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Great afternoon out”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

Visited here for the first time last weekend as we saw a Country Fair advertised. We weren't disappointed, even though we didn't really know what to expect. The fair itself was good fun and interesting, with several demonstrations and numerous stalls; and even though there were hundreds of cars in the car park, we didn't have to queue to get in and there was plenty of room to move around the event itself. The walled garden is fascinating as it has various sections such as 'culinary plants' and 'medicinal plants' - there was even a section for 'plants for dyeing', complete with examples of wool to show the colour the plants produce. As well as this educational aspect, the medieval barns give an insight into the way things were built in those times. We hope to return to the venue for the vintage car show and the food fair later this year. A really good afternoon out for both couples and families.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Terry O
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