Best Orchards to Visit in the UK

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Orchards can be planted by anyone in the space that is available in their House. Its individual interest to plant one kind of fruit or multiple varieties according to the space open. Just need to check few elements that fit right for healthy growth of your fruit trees. One can try and bit the apple-gazing all year round.

Below is the list of UK's Best Orchards to visit when on vacations:

  1. Wisley Gardens in Surrey: Winter is good time to walk and explore the RHS Garden Wisley that has Glasshouse display which is decorated and open for Christmas Celebrations from Dec 5th till Jan 4th. This garden is open on Mon-Fri on 10 am to 4:30pm and on Weekdays (Sat and Sun) at 9 am to 4:30pm.

  2. Tresillian House and Garden in Cornwall: This Orchard grows more than 85 varieties of Cornish apples along with medlars and quince. The other historical fruits visible inside this restored walled garden apart from Apple are pears, peaches and cherries. The fruits trees are maintained in lunar cycles to provide Organic fruits. Anyone with prior appointment can visit this garden.

  3. Fenton House in London: This garden is situated in the heart of Hampstead and is 300-years-old orchard that holds more than 30 varieties of English apple well maintained within a walled garden with glasshouse, herbs, cut flowers and vegetable borders.

  4. Brantwood House in Cumbria: This Orchard is home to John Ruskin's as it was planted in his memory. The apples grown here are used in the restaurants, sold out in the shops and used to prepare jam and juice. It is open at the time of winters from Dec-March 10:30am - 4pm and is closed on every Mon & Tue, Christmas Day & Boxing Day.

  5. Beningborough Hall in Yorkshire: It is one of the National Trust's and holds largest collections of apples, cherries, pears and plums within the walled garden. Perfect for family outing and to taste its apple dishes in restaurants at the time of winter.

  6. Hill Close Victorian Gardens at Warwickshire: It is a restored public garden of hedged plots that holds 50 varieties of apple, a dozen types of pear and many more. Plan a trip between November-March 11am-4pm, is closed on every Sat & Sun.

  7. Hughenden Manor Orchard in Bucks: It is a Victorian walled garden that holds 50 varieties of old apple which also includes cooking crab 'Arthur Turner'. It also exhibits local varieties. . Visit this garden between 10am-3:30pm.

  8. Woolsthorpe Manor Orchard in Lincolnshire: It stands to be Sir Isaac Newton's family home, where old apple varieties are grown: 'Flower of Kent,' is well-known apple that inspired Newton's Theory of Gravity. It is open from 11am-3pm.

  9. Brogdale Collections Orchard in Faversham, Kent: It has more than 4000 different varieties of fruits, and thus is home of The National Fruit Collection. Visitors can sample pears, plums, apples, cherries and many more when on a guided tour of the orchard that is open from March-Oct 7 days a week from 9am-4pm.

  10. Green Britain Centre Orchard in Norfolk with wind turbine: It is one of the heritage orchards that were planted 16 years ago to help conserve fruit species that were grown in Norfolk before the decline of the local apple industry. This Orchard holds around 62 varieties of apple and pear trees which can be viewed from a platform at the top of a wind turbine, the only one unique of its kind in Europe. It is open from 10am-4pm on Mon-Fri all round the year.

If you ever happen to visit the UK, then take some time to visit these above mentioned best orchards and also experience the annual apple day that is a beautiful sight to behold. But please check in advance before visiting these orchards to have a glance and walk through the garden.