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The Beth Chatto Gardens

Elmstead Market, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
01206 822007
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Ranked #4 of 34 attractions in Colchester
Type: Gardens
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English first
Burton on Trent
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This was a most enjoyable visit,no matter what type of gardener you are there is something here for you,well laid out beds containing a vast array of colourful and interesting plants ,set in tranquil surroundings even the birds did not seem wild , as pheasants and pigeons seemed to want a conversation.the modern cafe sells a good array of varied... More

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Have visited these gardens before and loved them but now Beth Chatto's planting is being overun by a very invasive plant called arum italicum. Needs sorting. Also cafe and plants for sale were very overpriced this time. Still a lovely garden though.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

These gardens are very relaxing, and contain more than one theme. It doesn't take long to walk around, but there is a lovely coffee shop and some seats in the gardens, so you can stay as long as you want to! Lovely on a sunny day.

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North East Essex, UK
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

My friend and I only had time to have some lunch and not visit the gardens. The food was good and it was freshly made for us. Another time we would like to walk round the gardens as we understand they are stunning.nwell worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

A very relaxing place. Makes you want to rush home and start gardening! Buy some plants - never disappointed us, and a pot or two of coffee flavoured ice cream - best I've ever tried! And enjoy enjoyyy the colourful aromatic flowers!! The only downside is that you can't visit in the winter..

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Well set out garden, with lovely lakes, meandering walks, plenty of plant interest and an interesting 'dry' garden. Probably a bit early in the year to visit but the promise of plenty to see once the growth got going.

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Colchester
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

My recommendation, tried and tested, is to visit with chums or relatives on a spring or summer morning and first enjoy the gardens, then buy some plants afterwards. The quality of the plants is always high. Then go on to somewhere lovely for long lunch with said chums or relatives. Back home for coffee and to relax. In the evening,... More

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

I have visited Beth Chatto Gardens a number of times. It is really worthwhile going not only are the gardens lovely but the lake is great also. The dry garden which is free has some lovely flowers which you could grow yourself. There is also a garden centre with lots of plants (some unusual) to purchase.

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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, 2013

I paid a visit here in the summer and enjoyed it greatly. However there is not a great deal to do once the gardens have been visited and to be honest the gardens are not that extensive, although very well laid out and beautiful to wander around. Would recommend a visit but not a long one!

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Tendring, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

I have been to these gardens at many times of the year. If you live locally you can pay a very reasonable annual subscription - which entitles you to free visits to the garden and discounts. I am very keen on gardening - but not always knowledgeable - and the staff are always on hand and friendly to give advice.... More

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