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The Beth Chatto Gardens

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Address: Elmstead Market, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
Phone Number: +44 1206 822007
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Description: 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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Pleasant Gardens with Nice Coffee Shop

Personally, I'm not a great plant/garden fan however I took my Mum and Dad over for a wander and a coffee. There is a nice area selling plants that are in season, my Mum seemed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Harwich, United Kingdom
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Harwich, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Personally, I'm not a great plant/garden fan however I took my Mum and Dad over for a wander and a coffee. There is a nice area selling plants that are in season, my Mum seemed quite impressed although this area was not as big as a garden centre as such. The visit was mainly to have a wander through the... More 

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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20 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Not much more to add to what has been written about the stunning gardens, looking perfect on a sunny May Wednesday but our visit and the gardens were let down by the chaotic cafe. It wasn't a busy day but we waited 55 minutes for them to prepare two toasted sandwiches at 1pm. We were on the point of walking... More 

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3 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I review here only the coffee shop. As that is why we visited. We went there by recommendation on the coffee - not expecting the "sorry we changed our machines as we couldn't work with the old ones" meant that the shop had sold its soul to a trio of push button machines filling huge mugs with weak tea with... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I have past this place many times, with the intention of visiting. I finally got around to going in. I was not disappointed. I paid my 6 pounds 95p to get in and started the walk around the lovely grounds. It was staggering. I enjoy walking around the water gardens and the wildlife area. We then stopped at the Tea... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I went with my friends and we've been amazed. The view is superb, there are many things to see and to do , we also had our lunch there.. I really enjoyed the relaxing athmosphere.

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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

A very nice time out. There is a nice dry garden before you get to the actual entrance. Tearoom with a good selection of meals, but expensive

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Witham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Not the largest of gardens but absolutely wonderful.Fortunately we visited on a warm sunny day that really made the colours stand out.Apart from the vast assortment of plants there is also quite a selection of wild life.There is seating around the gardens and lakes where you can just sit and take in the beautiful views.There is a shop that sells... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

I spent the day learning how to sow, take cutting, divide the proper way to ensure good results and therefore grow new plants for free! Chrissy is an excellent tutor ( second course I have done there with her). Lunch provided in the tea room was an excellent baked potato with cheese and beans many other options were available. Staff... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Very charming gardens that have clearly been expertly tended. Would have loved a few more labels up as we couldn't tell what a lot of the plants were. The gardens were also smaller than expected for the price, so we got around them much quicker than we had expected.

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Southend United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

To be found here,with everyone snapping away and many trainee landscapers taking notes. The dry/gravel garden which was my main interest is next to the car park and is free to visit. The main gardens have an entrance fee, which at 7 pounds each is a bit pricey. The gardens are pleasant enough,and after wandering for a while we stopped... More 

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