Just like conservatories, there are many beautiful orangeries to visit around England.
Whether they are filled with plants, part of a palace or castle, or have been transformed into a coffee shop, it is a good excuse to get out and to spend some time with the family.
1. Kensington Palace Orangery
Kensington Palace gardens is overlooked by the only royal palace in London to hold a traditional afternoon tea. So why not go along and take advantage of this traditional experience?
It is an enjoyable experience treating yourself to a cup of tea and a scone while sitting in such an elegant orangery, admiring the beautiful views that surround you.
2. Lyme Hall Orangery
The orangery by Lyme Hall is not only a beauty to admire, set in Lyme Park – the very location where the BBC’s TV series of Pride and Prejudice was set – but enclosed is a 90-year-old fig plant along with two camellias, estimated to be around 175-years-old. What makes it even more fascinating is that these Camellias are both rare and are also currently unidentified species.
3. Ashburnham Place Orangery Tea Room
It appears that an orangery tearoom is extremely popular, since Ashburnham orangery also hold their own afternoon tea which is open to the public.
At Ashburnham Place, they take pride in their orangery extension and provide their customers with delicious, locally sourced food.
Meanwhile, this orangery was designed in 1777 and also has the oldest camellia in the country.
4. Sherborne Castle Orangery
Sherborne orangery is not only a place that can be visited on a free weekend with your family, but you can even have Sherborne Castle weddings in their orangery for anyone who fancies a beautiful and elegant backdrop on their romantic day.
At Sherborne Castle, they cater for civil marriage, civil partnerships along with wedding receptions, with their airy and light orangery interior creating the perfect atmosphere, while surrounded by the beautiful sherborne castle gardens, filled with flowers, trees and a perfect lawn for those memorable wedding photos.
5. Kew Orangery
If you have a free weekend and don’t live far from Kew, then it is important not to miss the beautiful sights of the Kew gardens and while you are there, why not stop off at their orangery?
It is grade 1 listed, while also being a plant house that was designed by Sir William Chambers and is actually the only surviving plant house to be designed by him.
Now the orangery serves as an eaterie and can be rented out outside opening hours for special occasions.
6. Whitstable Castle Orangery Tearooms
Are you trying to find things to do in Whitstable? Well be sure not to miss visiting Whitstable castle and while you are at it, why not visit Whitstable castle orangery! With a selection of cakes and delicious foods including a soup of the day, you can relax in this orangery restaurant while admiring the views outside.
7. Blenheim Palace Orangery
For anyone who is visiting Blenheim Palace for the day, why not treat yourself to a Blenheim Palace afternoon tea? Take in the beautiful, big and airy surroundings of the Blenheim cafe.
Meanwhile, if you are looking for a stunning venue to hold your wedding day, Blenheim orangery is the place you are looking for.
8. Tyntesfield Orangery
Tyntesfield house – a place many people are curious to look round, with its massive libraries, many portraits and not forgetting Tyntsefield chapel. Then there is Tyntesfield gardens with their carefully planted, beautiful flowers.
Tyntesfield orangery is also known as the flower cut garden, as all of the flowers in Tyntesfield house have been grown in the orangery to be used for their flower arrangements.
9. Hampton Court Orangery
Hampton Court is a place to visit, whether you are doing a day trip to Herefordshire to simply visit and explore the grounds, or if you are renting out the venue for a wedding or a special occasion.
For those family day trips to keep the children occupied, what better way is there to finish such a lovely day, other than visiting Hampton Court orangery tea room and treating yourself and the kids to a slice of homemade cake?
10. Blickling Hall Orangery
Blickling Hall in Norfolk is a treasure of history. Be sure to see the unnerving mausoleum monument, hidden in the woodland where the 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire along with his two wives have remained buried.
It is said that Anne Boleyn was born here and that her ghost returned to Blickling Hall. There are also two other Blickling Hall ghosts who have been seen roaming the castle. This place is perfect for anyone who wants to have a spooky encounter.
Meanwhile, the Blickling Hall orangery is home to citrus fruits such as satsumas and oranges which are being grown in beer barrels!