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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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Stunning garden

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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4 helpful votes 4 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
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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Colchester, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This a well designed and interesting garden showing what plants should be planted in differing areas from dry to woodland to full sun

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Set in an ideal spot some tables look over the dry garden. Great food well prepared and helpful staff

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

It's pleasant enough to wander round but a tad overpriced for that privilege. They should concentrate on making money from the shop. There are nicer places you can walk for free.

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

Thanks for your comments, I'm sorry you think that at £6.95 we are overpriced. Following your comments we have researched other local and national gardens and visitor attractions and find that we are similarly priced - if not slightly lower priced. Our regular visitors find that a season ticket priced from £20 for a single 'Friend of the Garden' (which... More 

Colchester, England, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The gardens are lovely - great ideas for difficult areas. The nursery is divided into sections, so you can see what plants would suit the type of area you are trying to garden in. The staff are very knowledgeable and helpful and the added bonus is a great restaurant!

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Frinton-On-Sea, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

The gardens are lovely and well worth a look if you haven't been here before and you can certainly while away a good couple of hours but the cafe is a bit on the bland side which is a shame.

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

Thank you for your review. We're delighted that you think the Gardens are lovely and that you enjoy spending time with us. I note your comments regarding the Tearoom and we will take this in to consideration when putting together the spring menu. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Julia More 

London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

The cafe was lovely, food was delicious, not as much on offer as I would have expected.... The shop was very small and didn't really have much to offer The gardens are very pretty and worth a look around though :)

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

Thank you for your review, I'm glad that you found the food 'delicious' in our Tearoom and that you enjoyed the garden on your visit in late winter/early spring. There is always something to see and right now we are still blanketed in snowdrops and full of much welcome signs that spring is well on its way. The menu that... More 

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