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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

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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Who needs Chelsea!

These are the best gardens I have ever been to, it felt so peaceful there. I'd been meaning to go for years and have only just got around to it. The gardens are very natural... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

These are the best gardens I have ever been to, it felt so peaceful there. I'd been meaning to go for years and have only just got around to it. The gardens are very natural looking and I particularly liked the gravel garden. It's easy to find plants to suit your own garden in the shop as they are all... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent time spent wandering around beautiful gardens or just sitting with all the peaceful surroundings of nature.. plenty of seats in every part of the garden. I was able to do shopping for family presents in the shop, & enjoyed a cuppa in the pleasant café What was most helpful was,any particular flower you took a fancy to while moving... More 

Thank JOY B
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have been here once before a few years ago and loved it. It really doesn't disappoint. You get soemthing different from it seasonally. I think May is a wonderful month to visit. The staff were amazing and soooo knowledgable - nothing was too much trouble for them to answer. I also managed to get stung by some insect on... More 

Thank sblacoe
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went for my birthday with some friends. Beautiful garden, really worth a visit! Also has a coffee shop, we sat outside. Will definitely visit again!

Thank PinkyLilac
Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed my second visit to this garden with its many varied planted garden areas. Walking around the lake seeing the ducks. Then going and have a break in the cafe after which buying a few plants from the nursery.

Thank Rita W
Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

a lovely place to visit, whether to view the gardens, do a spot of shopping or have a bite to eat. the staff are extremely helpful and always look happy in their work, quite rare these days.

Thank rackie_11
Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fascinating now mature transformation of a few acres of a once bramble-choked valley. Splendid and beautiful dry garden; a visual delight with nice café for teas or light lunches. Plant sales area and café wheelchair accessible.

Thank Barry G
Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beth Chatto's is lovely to visit anytime of the year with interesting plants on view. The gardens have grown over the years along with the shop and the restaurant. The dry garden is a must to see as is the lake. It is easy to spend 2/3 hours wandering.

Thank Sue L
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you're into gardening, this is a must in East Anglia. Since 1960 Beth Chatto has been transforming these (7?) acres from nothing into plant nirvana, with a shop to buy plants and interesting souvenirs - eg Tregothnan tea, and chocolate bars by "chocolate and love". Entry fee is worth it for plant aficionados, but on a sunday restaurant seems... More 

Thank Scott S
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The gardens here are really beautiful and clearly take a huge amount of upkeep. This is definitely not a rainy day activity though so choose your day to visit wisely. The nursery here is good, you can find much of what is in the gardens for sale. The cafe is nice, the food is pretty basic but it's all you... More 

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