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The Beth Chatto Gardens

Elmstead Market, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
+44 1206 822007
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Ranked #4 of 43 Attractions in Colchester
Type: Gardens
Owner description: Find inspiration in 7.5 Acres of beautiful Essex Gardens complete with large plant nursery and Tea Rooms. Ten times Chelsea Gold Medal winner Beth... more » Owner description: Find inspiration in 7.5 Acres of beautiful Essex Gardens complete with large plant nursery and Tea Rooms. Ten times Chelsea Gold Medal winner Beth Chatto welcomes you to her world-famous informal garden. Follow Drought tolerant planting as it descends into lush Water Gardens and the cool of Woodland Gardens, demonstrating perfectly the ethos of "right plant for the right place". Open seven days a week, the large plant Nursery propagates quality plants all year round while the Tea Rooms offer refreshment over-looking the Gravel Gardens. « less
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Loved this garden, so peaceful and pretty especially the water. I like gardening but don't know very much. It was helpful to see what plants to grow together. It is not so huge that you need a whole day and is easy to walk round. Great well laid out selection of plants to buy, we came home with an impressive... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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28 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Been meaning to visit here for a while. Had 2 for 1 vouchers, which made the entrance fee reasonable. It was smaller than we were expecting, but nonetheless well laid out. It took around an hour to look around the gardens, but spent time in the nursery and tea rooms too. Not that likely to return unless visiting the shop.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

My Wife & I live in Wivenhoe and have never visited Beth Chatto Gardens although we had heard of its reputation. So off we went lovely sunny afternoon plenty of parking well laid out had a walk round nursery very interesting thought we would have a walk round gardens did expect to pay an entrance but not £6.95 each thought... More

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shanghai
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84 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed strolling about this garden and the experimental 'dry' garden just outside the main entrance. What was very good was the range of more unusual plants available for sale I wish we had been able to buy more of these but we didn't travel down by car! They do mail order though which might be an option for others... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We loved everything. The garden was amazing and exquisitely maintained. Such a joy to visit this special place and wonderful value for money.

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Croydon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

It was a very peaceful and tranquil, I don't know it we were lucky or it's always so quite? The gardens were very pretty and I took loads of lovely photos, I didn't use the coffee shop but it was busy so a good sign...the garden centre was well stocked with healthy plants, a very enjoyable morning

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We visited the nursery with some relatives and we all thought it was an excellent day out, we didn't do the gardens as it was the last day of our holidays and we were all pretty worn out. We did visit the coffee shop and were impressed with the choice we had of homemade cakes, the coffee cake was so... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We visited these gardens yesterday. When we arrived the heavens opened so we visited the coffee shop first. I was a little bit disappointed with the limited choices but the jacket potatoes we ordered all arrived quickly, were fresh and tasty. The sun came out to allow us to enjoy these gardens sparkling after the rain. They are beautiful and... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The gardens around the lake are delightful....very peaceful.The place is quite large and the shop and tearooms are not too expensive.Well worth a visit.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Garden plants for sale are wonderful. Many varieties are in the gardens which are magnificent. Lovely teashop which at times can be very busy. There are plenty of staff on hand to help you with plant choices, and it is helpful to have the plants in sections that identify where they would be best situated in ones garden. A lovely... More

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