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The Beth Chatto Gardens

Elmstead Market, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
+44 1206 822007
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Ranked #3 of 42 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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Colchester, Essex
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Wonderful collection of plants, helpful staff to give advice if you need it & a fabulous coffee shop. You could, and we did, spend hours looking round here!!

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We were lucky to have a beautiful sunny day for our trip to the Gardens - we came from Norfolk so the trip was about 2 hours plus. There is a very pleasant cafe which serves breakfast and lunches so we had a good cup of coffee before exploring the gardens. and were able to sit at an outside table... More

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Colchester, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Good for a coffee and a cake, not eaten a meal here but looked nice and fresh. Very noisy inside though, chairs screeching and acoustics obviously wrong somewhere, three times we have been we couldn't hear ourselves think, good food though, try and sit outside if its busy!

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essex
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258 reviews 258 reviews
74 attraction reviews
3,181 helpful votes 3,181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Have been here on many occasions,and each time finish up with a car full of plants,the whole place is so lovely and the staff so friendly and helpful.Now when I look round my garden at all the beauty I can remember where a lot of it came from.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I enjoyed this garden as it was very interesting and delightful to the eye with different sections and colourful.

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The array of colours, varied settings and flowers made for an enjoyable and peaceful couple of hours

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Boston, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The dry garden is not irrigated and gives you brilliant ideas for saving on time consuming watering. We had breakfast at the cafe. Bacon sandwiches - very good. Great planting throughout. Good plant sales area.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We first visited in April 2013 when everything was late because of the strange weather the country experienced so going back in June 14 was like going into a completely different place. We so enjoyed our winter/spring visit but in summer the gardens are fabulous. The specialist nursery is a real treat and we filled the car!!!! Delightful, friendly, very... More

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Beth Chatto's life time of creating the most beautiful garden should not be missed by anyone looking for inspiration for how to garden in difficult locations and conditions. The plant centre is superb with a wide variety of healthy fabulous plants and very knowledgeable and helpful staff.

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Pett, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

No matter the level of your interest in gardening this place is well worth a visit. Come to enjoy the many years of hard work that Beth Chatto has put into making this garden such a wonderful place but don't come to moan about the scones as that is not what this place is about, its a place to be... More

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