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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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Great gardens not so good food!

The gardens were truly worth the visit and very well kept, though a lack of signage etc. We enjoyed our trip and it was worth the entrance fee. Five stars for the garden but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
Kung fu P
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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High Wycombe
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Maybe we went at the wrong time of the year but apart from the ponds, my garden at home is slightly more interesting. OK most of the plants have name tags (in Latin) but there was no colour. The best part of the gardens is the café.

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BethChattoGarden, General Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We are glad that you liked our Tearoom. The garden is planted in such a way that there is always something of interest we have found that looking at the foliage of plants is crucial in creating long lasting structure and interest and that this is complimented with colour rather than being dominated by it.... More 

Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

The gardens were truly worth the visit and very well kept, though a lack of signage etc. We enjoyed our trip and it was worth the entrance fee. Five stars for the garden but deducted one for the cafe! The cafe was a let down though: the quiche was warm with cold patches, and the soup very watery. The baked... More 

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BethChattoGarden, General Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments, we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to our gardens. I'm very disappointed to hear your comments on our Tearoom I can assure you that we take these comments very seriously indeed. We aim to provide an excellent quality of food and service and from your review it would appear that we fell far... More 

Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

First arrived adequate parking area all level, went to the restaurant and indulged in a light lunch, staff very friendly and food excellent Good range of gluten free products fresh made, wife even sneaked a purchase of piece of cake which we enjoyed today. The site is wheel chair friendly and electric scooter friendly too, excellent for the friend who... More 

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Colchester, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We went to the Beth chatto gardens today. I know it's quite early in the year but I expected more for £6.95' it wasn't as big as I expected and didn't take long at all to see it all. It's a pity there are no more than a couple of dark carp to see in the ponds. That's if you... More 

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BethChattoGarden, General Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. I'm sorry that you were disappointed with the garden, ours really is a garden for plant lovers and we pride ourselves on having over 2,000 different types of plant in the garden, each chosen for it's suitability for the position in terms of soil type, sun/shade and also for its texture and form - how... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Visited this Easter weekend and enjoyed the garden and Easter trail which was brilliant for children and adults especially as children have free admission ,however the gardens were smaller than I had imagined which at nearly seven pounds per adult I felt was not good value for money for the short time it took to go around them which was... More 

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BethChattoGarden, General Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We are glad that you enjoyed our Easter Egg Hunt. I'm sorry that you were disappointed with the garden, ours really is a garden for plant lovers and we pride ourselves on having over 2,000 different types of plant in the garden, each chosen for it's suitability for the position in terms of soil type,... More 

Croydon, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Lovely varied gardens with a nursery attached We were there early, ahead of the crowds so it was quiet and peaceful.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Even at this time of year there is much to see in this beautiful garden. The spring flowers in the woodland area are at their best. Go early and have the garden to yourself. You might even see a kingfisher. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and there is a great tea room and plant nursery.

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Beautiful gardens that I could wonder round on my own. There were plants for sale and the staff were extremely knowledgeable and the advice they gave was spot on. Highly recommended

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

What a dissapointment...£14 entry and we had quietly strolled the garden in 21 minutes. I know it was late march but expected to see something other than daffs. Wish i had asked for my money back...but i dont like to do that. Cafe was lovely reasonable prices.

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BethChattoGarden, General Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. Firstly I'm really glad that you liked our Tearoom and found it reasonably priced. However I'm so sorry that you were disappointed with your recent visit to the garden. In spring the garden is busting into life. Daffodils, hellebores, of which we have many varieties, as well as primula, cyclamen and erythronium are looking particularly... More 

Colchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

No very nice,it was a cold day,so the garden,wasn't at its brightest,but the three course dinner was very enjoyable,price very reasonable,and most importantly home made,even the Yorkshires,staff very helpful and cheerful,Restraunt very nice and airy,and informative of how the Gardens were started.

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