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The Beth Chatto Gardens

Elmstead Market, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
+44 1206 822007
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Ranked #2 of 32 Attractions in Colchester
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Owner description: Open 7 days a week 7.5 Acres of inspirational Gardens £6.95 admission (under 14's Free). Gravel...
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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

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Ipswich, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Beautiful garden all year round with something different every season. Well stocked nursery selling the plants you see growing in the display garden. Excellent value restaurant as well.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I try to go here in every season as there is always something new to see. The gardens are beautiful, some structured and some wonderful natural wild parts. It's very easy to spend time and money in the nursery section and you can find some unusual plants. A pleasant cafe for coffee or lunch. Staff very helpful and informative...well worth... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Love this place the plants and gardens are well worth the visit, the shop has a variety of useful gifts and the gardens are stunning. Have had lunch in the restaurant a few times now and the food is great. The dry gravel garden is free but there is a fee to go round the gardens.

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Witham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Been a while but have been a few times and it always worth a visit . Stunning use of the landscape. A really tranquil way to spend a couple of hours in the gardens and then a cuppa. What a lovely place

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I'm a lover of nature and find it at its most beautiful when it is in its natural state. That being said, landscaped nature can have an attractor factor, and Beth Chatto has certainly shown us how that can be done with grace. I spent almost a whole day here during the summer. The gardens ask you to take your... More 

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This is a really charming and relaxing place. There's not much to say about it really but I really enjoyed my time there on a nice hot and sunny day!

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Beth Chatto's Gardens on the outskirts of Colchester is worthy of a visit at any time of the year. Originally famous for its extensive dry garden it does have other areas which are worth a look. Large herbaceous borders, huge sweeps of lawns, a beautiful lake; there is something for everyone. The garden centre sells plants found in the garden,... More 

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Colchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

As we live nearby, these gardens are a frequent visit when we have guests. We have visited in spring, summer, autumn, and winter. There is always a variety of plants to appreciate. The tea room-cafe is a pleasant place to rest & chat after a walk around the lake & gardens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

To visit a place which has been lovingly nurtured and developed over many decades is an inspiration not just to gardeners but to people generally. I loved the Beth Chatto Gardens. As well as a peaceful and interesting garden you can also buy plants which are grown here and enjoy a nice cup of coffee and cake in the tea... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We love to visit these gardens in different Seasons.. the changes are amazing. Lovely cafe too with views of the Dry gardens from conservatory

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