Temple Manor was built in the 13th century by the Knights Templar, a military and religious order founded during the Crusades. Located to the west of the River Medway, the hall was designed to provide lodging for dignitaries travelling between Dover and London.
Now standing in an industrial estate, the manor is a fine example of a medieval building and includes fascinating traces of wall paintings in the first floor hall. A leafy garden provides a fitting setting for the property.
This site is managed by Medway Council - visit their website for it.
Read more about Temple Manor's history.
Before You Go
Opening Times: Open weekends, 11am-4pm, from the start of April until the end of October. The site is closed from start of November until the end of March. View details.
Access: The grounds are suitable for wheelchairs.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome in the grounds only. Assistance dogs welcome across the site.
Plan a Great Day Out
Continue your exploration of medieval buildings with a visit to Rochester Castle, which guarded the strategic crossing of the River Medway. Today, with the nearby cathedral it remains a proud reminder of the history of Rochester. Rochester Castle is just a 15-minute drive from Temple Manor.
You can also explore the ruins of an early Norman 'enclosure castle' at Eynsford and enjoy a picnic in the grounds, just 30 minutes from the site.
Or travel back in time with a visit to Lullingstone Roman Villa, a 30-minute drive away. Play Roman board games, try on Roman costumes and handle original building materials.