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The Beth Chatto Gardens

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Address: Elmstead Market Clacton Road, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
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+44 1206 822007
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Open 7 days a week 7.5 Acres of inspirational Gardens £6.95 admission...

Open 7 days a week 7.5 Acres of inspirational Gardens £6.95 admission (under 14's Free). Gravel Garden, extensive Nursery and Tea Room all free to gain access. The Beth Chatto Gardens began in 1960. From an overgrown wasteland with poor gravel soil and boggy hollows, using the principles of ecological planting, it has been transformed into 7 acres of informal garden comprising of the Gravel Garden, Water Garden, Woodland Garden and Scree Garden all harmonising with the surrounding countryside. The gardens are an inspiration to anyone who visits them - the art of planting at its best.

There is also an extensive Nursery with choice of over 2,000 different kinds of mainly herbaceous plants and bulbs.

Light and spacious Tearoom with homemade cakes, light lunches, breakfasts, fresh ground coffee and selection of teas.

Closed Christmas and New Year

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Lovely Gardens and Tearoom

Fabulous local place to take families and enjoy fresh air and a range of interesting gardens. Tearoom, nursery and shop all a bonus to the day. Tearoom is modern and has a wide... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fabulous local place to take families and enjoy fresh air and a range of interesting gardens. Tearoom, nursery and shop all a bonus to the day. Tearoom is modern and has a wide range of appropriate food.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely place for ideas and to see how plants look on maturing. They sell plants also and any I have bought have always grown well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to visit either with your family or as a couple so much to see some really beautiful gardens

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gardens are separate from lunch or buying plants or shop buys. Have been in the gardens many times and they are beautiful and change along with the seasons so well worth a visit, Spring, summer and Autumn. Lunch is very nice, better than the usual sandwiches, etc, with homemade cakes and quiches alongside soups, cream teas etc. Plants are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We regularly visit various gardens around the country and always look forward to returning here in different seasons to see something different. The gardens improve as years go on with more to see with a wonderful garden centre now in place which is sensibly laid out with sections for dry, damp and shade loving plants which is very helpful. There... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As the title says - what a lovely little hidden gem. The garden is absolutely beautiful all year round. The staff friendly and the shop and cafe really nice. Do visit!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have seen the gardem .many times and it keeps improving.It can be visited at any time of the year. So enjoy

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Beth Chatto's gardens are simply beautiful. There is more to a visit than taking in the Garden! As well as the cafe which serves fresh, healthy food (delicous cakes too) there is the gift shop which stocks a range of quality goods that sets it aside from high street stores. There are a range of workshops across the year and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Beautiful and peaceful. Any time of year, this place is amazing for a moment of peace. Buy and annual pass for 2 and you can just pop in at any point for as long as you like

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Even in winter these gardens are magical, telling a wonderful story of Beth's life work. Really enjoyable.

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