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The Beth Chatto Gardens

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Address: Elmstead Market Clacton Road, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
Phone Number: +44 1206 822007

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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Christmas Market

First time at Beth Chatto Garden Christmas market. Well organised and looked after by very friendly, helpful staff. A nice selection of good quality, interesting arts and crafts... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Colchester, United Kingdom
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

First time at Beth Chatto Garden Christmas market. Well organised and looked after by very friendly, helpful staff. A nice selection of good quality, interesting arts and crafts for all the family. Live entertainment and delicious food set in beautiful surroundings, some of which was lit up, all added to the lovely festive atmosphere. Would definitely go again

Thank angc201
Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A beautiful garden centre with helpful staff, loverly displays, with all sorts of plants , this place is for the serious gardeners as the plants are exceptional and the quality is brilliant , plants not cheap but excellent quality.+ loverly coffee shop!

Thank essexcookie_11
Colchester, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Spent the weekend at Beth Chatto for their Christmas Market, what a lovely experience! Not only was there a very good selection of stalls, entertainment and food I found the staff to be extremely helpful and friendly which made the experience even better. The gardens are amazing and would recommend a visit.

Thank SuzB2424
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Attended the Christmas Market at the end of November 2016 - really great atmosphere, excellent selection of arts and crafts to buy. Amazing food, mulled wine and hot chocolate! Would really recommend for adults and children.

Thank Sarah W
Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Exulant !! Very well organised loads to see and do will deffantly return again lovely tea rooms and great food, lovely gardens. Staff were outstanding and very helpful.

Thank theresasmith20b
Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beth Chattos gardens are just a perfect get away from the crowds, so serene and beautiful, the plants, trees and scrubs so amazing. However the Christmas Fayre is the very opposite, I was amazed how well organised this years Fayre was, everything was thought of from the childrens corner where books were read , to making Christmas decorations using greenery.... More 

2 Thank proachuk
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Please only go if you want a cuppa, I went on a Christmas excursion with belle coaches who described this as a Christmas excusion. Two and a half hours to get there arrived at 11 done the whole lot and was sitting in the cafe at 11.50 waiting to go home on a coach that was leaving at 3.30 for... More 

Thank Wendywicks
BethChattoGarden, General Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Wendywicks We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review and value your feedback. I'm sorry your visit wasn't what you were expecting. We will be looking into why this was and what was offered to you by the coach company. The Christmas Fayre took place on the 26th and 27th November and was, according to... More 

Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really nice place to visit. We had a light lunch all homemade and fresh. We found the staff very friendly and helpful . Following lunch we had a walk around the gardens which even in the winter we found really interesting with a nice relaxed tranquil feeling about them. Can't wait to have a look in the summer.

1 Thank andrewwjt
Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I happened to visit this green hub with a child and a friend. There was plenty of space to learn how to hoola hup and the garden design by the pond was gorgeous under the summer sun. Shame I didn t have time to explore the area further. The café provided much needed refreshments and we shared our scones with... More 

1 Thank dominique g
Colchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My sister & I held this for our parents. We had a sit down high tea in the garden room for 50 guests. We are extremely pleased with the service provided - lots of touching extras made it very special. Thank you to all of the lovely staff - you made our parents day very memorable. Highly recommended.

1 Thank Jennifer G

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