Tempting tea-rooms

From brews with breathtaking views to elegant high teas in historic settings, we have over 100 tea rooms in spectacular locations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  

What’s more every cuppa supports our work as an independent charity helping to protect and open up historic places and green spaces, for ever, for everyone.

We've picked some of our favourite tea-rooms for a brilliant brew, where will you visit next?

    Aberdulais Falls, Neath, Port Talbot

    There's a wealth of wonderful things for families to discover and enjoy while exploring Aberdulais Tin works and Waterfall. Whether it's an educational experience you're after or just a bit of fun. Discover the famous waterfall, the driving force for 400 years of industrial innovation. Afterwards, what could be nicer than a slice of that good old Welsh favourite, Bara Brith fruit bread. Whatever your appetite, you'll find something that fits the bill in the tea room. Stars of stage and screen all testify to the great taste of the tea and a cake, even local celebrity Michael Sheen gives the thumbs up to the lemon drizzle cake.

    The Argory, Co Armagh

    The Courtyard Coffee Shop, located within the main courtyard at The Argory, is full of freshly home-baked produce; sandwiches, panini’s, home made soups, scones and cakes, to name but few. On a sunny day, take a walk around the fabulous gardens and enjoy a coffee under the porte-cochère whilst taking in the surrounds of what was originally a working farmyard.

    Attingham Park, Shropshire

    Enjoy a cuppa at the heart of the historic mansion at Attingham Park near Shrewsbury, in the rooms that once formed part of Lady Berwick’s private suite. The tea-room is decorated in 1920s Art Deco style, and afternoon tea is served by waitresses in traditional uniforms.

    Bridge Cottage, Flatford Mill, Suffolk

    Bridge Cottage, Flatford Mill in Suffolk is smack in the middle of Constable Country and Dedham Vale. The beautiful 16th-century thatched cottage has a permanent Constable exhibition and right next door is the riverside tea-room, sitting alongside the River Stour.

    Gibside, Newcastle

    The Potting Shed Café offers tasty meals and cakes inspired by our walled kitchen garden. It's the perfect place to meet friends for morning coffee, lunch or an afternoon treat. After a stroll around the grounds sit down to the aroma of freshly baked sweet and cheese scones at 10am each day.

    Ham House and Garden, Surrey

    The new-look Orangery Café is inspired by the beautiful walled kitchen garden on the estate. From light lunches to cream teas, you can enjoy the new surroundings and try the delicious menu which changes with the seasons. The kitchen garden has been at Ham House since the 1650s and is currently one of the most productive walled kitchen gardens in London. Explore the wilderness garden, hire garden games from the shop and discover the house and the grounds by following one of the trails.

    Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

    The Great Barn dates back to the sixteenth century and was once the centre of agricultural activity on the Hardwick Estate. Today, it’s a contemporary two-storey restaurant. Enjoy a great selection of teas and coffees, paint-box bright cupcakes, traditional cakes and delicious scones.

    Lanhydrock, Cornwall

    Home to one of our first tea-rooms, the Servant’s Hall at Lanhydrock serves afternoon tea from 2.30pm, or as soon as the scones come out of the oven. The restaurant is located in the former Servants’ Hall, which was once the only room in the house where male and female staff could meet.

    The Needles Old Battery, Isle of Wight

    The Needles Old Battery has to be one of our most unusual tea-rooms. It is situated upstairs in the former Port War Signal Station which was built in the Second World War to monitor ships in the Solent. The wide windows needed for this give spectacular views out to sea - the tea-room provides binoculars so you can make the most of them.

    Nostell Priory and Parkland

    The Motor House Café is a convenient stop off on the way home after a walk around the parkland. After a trip up to the Obelisk Lodge or just a light stroll around the gardens, nothing will set you right for the journey home better than a cuppa and a piece of cake. If you feel like trying something a bit fancier, indulge in some afternoon tea. Seek out your favourite corner of this delightful house and grounds to stop off for a well packed picnic. Nostell Priory is surrounded by a large park, so let the whole family discover the grounds and have plenty of fun on a walk together.

    South Foreland Lighthouse, Dover

    Decorated in 1950s style with flowery wallpaper, chintzy décor and chiming clocks, and mismatched china, the Mrs Knott’s tearoom is located in the second of two lighthouse cottages next to South Foreland Lighthouse. The café uses locally sourced produce including beetroot grown in the on-site vegetable patch for the chocolate and beetroot brownies.

    Stowe, Buckinghamshire

    Lord Cobham built the New Inn in 1717 to feed and water visitors to the extraordinary front garden at his palatial home at Stowe: 250 acres studded with temples, columns, arches, obelisks, cascades, grottoes, and lakes. After a £9m restoration visitors can once again enjoy a cuppa and a slice of homemade cake before making their way down a farm track, ringing a bell outside the Temple of Friendship and applying to walk the paths of virtue or vice.

    Wallington, Northumberland

    Visit the kiosk at the bottom of the secret Walled Garden at Wallington and enjoy ice creams, cool drinks and tasty treats in the summer months. Hidden behind high walls at the bottom of a woodland valley, the enchanting Walled Garden includes ponds, a nuttery, Edwardian conservatory, the Owl House and a lawn perfect for picnics.

    Wordsworth House and Gardens, Cumbria

    Take tea in the summerhouse, in the gardens where Wordsworth played as a child. An idyllic setting for a cuppa, the Georgian-style summerhouse has views of the River Derwent and the distant fells. Freshly made scones and cupcakes from famed local cake-makers are on the menu, along with savoury treats such as Morecambe Bay potted shrimps and local artisan bread.