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The Beth Chatto Gardens

Elmstead Market, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
+44 1206 822007
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Ranked #3 of 44 Attractions in Colchester
Type: Gardens
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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 « less
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We went to these gardens on my birthday . Wonderful experience. The staff in the nursery were very helpful and friendly I bought some plants for my dad which they posted to him the same day and he received the following day excellent service. Nice coffee and cake I. The small resturant. Well worth a visit Although you do have... More

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Brightlingsea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We had a cup of coffee when we first arrived, which was hot and strong and well worth the money. We then spent time around the gardens which were stunning - not very busy (presumably due to the time of year). Each section of garden had it's plants named, and it's own personality. Absolutely beautiful. The woodland garden had nesting... More

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Kent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We enjoyed the gardens very much. The walk around the lakes, the beautiful colours in the borders, even at this time of year. However I would not recommend the tea rooms. We chose the speciality of the day, Chicken and Bacon Pasta Bake. It was one very stodgy unappetising lump. After eating part of it, we returned it to the... More

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London
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7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Although the journey by train isn't easy, the effort to get to Beth Chatto gardens is worth every minute. The visit was a highlight of my summer. She has several different areas cultivated with suitable plants, and the one receiving most attention was the gravel garden which has no watering other than what falls from the sky, and yet has... More

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Tonbridge
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Whilst the garden is well kept and very peaceful, it was much smaller than we expected. The dry garden is free but the entrance fee for rest of the garden is quite expensive for the size. We were given a mail order catalogue which helped to identify some of the plants. Probably would not visit again.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

relaxed and colourful, parking good, price fair, but would have liked to linger longer but my fitness did not permit

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The gardens are always a worthwhile visit. then a sumptuous lunch in the café. It is a special place to visit especially for gardeners.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

A visit to this garden fulfilled a long held wish and did not disappoint me in the least. It offers the most beautiful vistas and views but most importantly, if you are a gardener, there is so much to learn. The planting, the plants, the different environments offer so much beauty and information . The garden I enjoyed the most... More

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a diverse garden, beautifully landscaped and planted for interest in all seasons. It features a dry garden, a gravel garden, shady areas, ponds and damp areas. There's a well--stocked nursery, with many unusual plants, and there's a small but pleasant restaurant/café. The staff are well informed and friendly. Entrance fee to the gardens is £6.50, while entry to... More

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Lancashire, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We visited on a warm sunny day when there were a number of different events taking place including a number of stands and talks connected to wildlife. The gardens although not excessively large are well maintained with many varieties of plants and trees. It was lovely to walk through different gardens and footpaths and to see children engaging in some... More

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