Once occupied by the keepers of Frinton’s iconic railway gates, today Frinton's Crossing Cottage houses an impressive selection of artefacts and archive material that tell the story of the local area in surprising detail.
Situated in a well-maintained cottage garden, the grounds also include a wildlife area and information board. In 2009, the railway signal box was moved into the Garden and became another exhibit housing a snapshot of railway technology in a bygone age.
Bring your friends to see Frinton’s two museums.
This year’s exhibition in the Cottage is ‘Below Stairs’
and the new exhibitions in the Trevor Bright Railway Museum are Carriages of the World, German Railway Bridges and, more local, Clacton-on-Sea.
Weekly coffee mornings and open museum at FRINTON CROSSING COTTAGE every Tuesday throughout the summer from 10am to 12 noon.
Plant & produce stalls .
During winter months please see our EVENTS PAGE
Admission Charges to the museums:
The Cottage archives and displays can be viewed during the Tuesday coffee mornings,.
If you require a special search or a group visit (e.g. WI) these are by appointment with the archivist.
Admission is free of charge (although a suggested donation of £2 is always greatly appreciated! which will include admission to the Trevor Bright Railway Museum)
Frinton on Sea, CO13 9NE
Tel: 01255 861440
Throughout the year, a number of special events are held within the cottage gardens, including the Spring Fair in May and Apple Day in October. Both events are part of the Trust’s fundraising efforts, the latter including the sale of apples from the Garden’s trees. In summer, members of the Trust’s gardening team play a pivotal role in Frinton in Bloom Frinton’s team in the ‘Anglia in Bloom’ competition, with the Cottage Gardens providing a venue for the visiting judges. For more information on these and other forthcoming events, please check back regularly to our Events Diary. The Garden's are available for hire by Trust members for private events. For further information please contact us
Public access: Frinton's Crossing Cottage is open for coffee mornings every Tuesday morning from 10am to noon from Easter to mid-October, and every third Tuesday of the month during the rest of the year.
The Cottage archives and displays can be viewed during the coffee mornings, and at other times by appointment with the archivist. Admission is free of charge (although a suggested donation of £2 is always greatly appreciated!), and volunteers to help maintain the garden on Tuesday mornings are particularly welcome.
Tourist brown signs mark the way to our Museums starting at the Weeley roundabout on the A133 from Colchester. At the Weeley roundabout take the B1033 to Frinton-on-Sea, passing through Thorpe-le-Soken and Kirby Cross. To enter Frinton-on-Sea you will turn right at the railway crossing/roundabout and cross the railway line. We are located immediately on your right. Parking is available in the roads close by.
If you arrive by public transport, bus stops are found just prior to entering the town via the level crossing or if you arrive by train turn left as you exit the station and you will find us 400M on your left.
Our museum is located in old railway buildings which are not fully disable accessible. Our displays are desk height & wall mounted. Our gardens are accessible with paved paths and lawns. There are steps into the museum buildings. If you require assistance our volunteers will do their best to help. Please ask for help, if required.
Refreshments are available when staffed. Rest areas are available inside the museum and outside in the gardens. Toilet & small shop area.
Tel: 01255 861440
VOLUNTEERS are always needed, to undertake a myriad of tasks big and small
- we are sure your skills and experience will enhance our wonderful garden and museums.
Archive material information for researchers: The archives held at Frinton encompass an enormous amount of interesting material relating to the local area, some of which is on display while the rest is in storage. A small donation is requested if the archivist is asked to research information on behalf of visitors. The Trust welcomes any donations of historical material from the public; old property deeds and plans, legal documents, shop receipts, postcards and photographs can combine to provide a better picture of the area in days gone by. The Trust holds all documents and artefacts on behalf of the area and makes them available to the general public.