• Home|
  • Kilkenny Tourism Welcomes the Latest Addition to the County’s Outdoor Dining Experiences

Kilkenny Tourism Welcomes the Latest Addition to the County’s Outdoor Dining Experiences

Orangerie Afternoon Tea

Media Release: 17th June, 2021

Butler House & Gardens Opens ‘The Orangerie’ to Visitors

Kilkenny’s historic Butler House has launched a new outdoor dining space. The Orangerie is an exciting new addition to ‘al fresco’ dining in the county. Located within the walled gardens of Butler House, ‘The Orangerie’ offers magnificent vistas in a tranquil botanical setting in the centre of the city.

The Orangerie derives its name from exotic fruits, which were grown in stately Irish Georgian houses for their flavour and decorative appearance. Leading heritage designer Orla Kelly worked on the development at Butler House, where new pergolas have been placed on the lawn to resemble The Orangerie style buildings that would have housed these exotic plants.

Open from 10am to 5pm daily, The Orangerie will serve a selection of tea, coffee and sweet and savoury treats to takeaway and the renowned Butler House Afternoon Tea is served between 1pm to 3pm. Pre-booking for Afternoon Tea is essential. 

Commenting on the opening, Ciaran Conroy, Chairperson of Kilkenny Tourism said; “It is rare that you find an outdoor dining venue so steeped and surrounded in history as ‘The Orangerie’. This magnificent structure has been created to highlight Butler House’s connections with Georgian life in Kilkenny and is set to provide a wonderful experience for visitors as they explore the wonderful gardens, whilst enjoying a mid- afternoon or morning snack.”


About Butler House: Butler House is the Dower House of Kilkenny Castle and is closely associated with the Butler family – Dukes and Earls of Ormonde – who resided at Kilkenny Castle for 500 years. In 1989, Kilkenny Civic Trust acquired both Butler House and the Castle Yard Stables. The house was then opened as a guesthouse and conference centre. Butler House became a member of Ireland’s Blue Book in 2018.  

For further information and bookings, visit www.butler.ie 


For more to explore in Kilkenny this summer visit www.visitkilkenny.ie




Media Enquiries: Louise Jordan, TL Marketing 085 1735199