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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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A delightful garden beautifully landscaped

The dry garden is before you enter the main garden free to see and did not disappoint quite a large area really interesting. The main garden had a completely different feel truely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The dry garden is before you enter the main garden free to see and did not disappoint quite a large area really interesting. The main garden had a completely different feel truely beautiful fantastic planting different levels,water gardens and much more.We were really looking forward to seeing the garden,it was all we had hoped and more. The coffee shop was... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I have always wondered what's it like there so one day we thought let's have a look,well to start with lovely big car park and its looks good to start with but once you have paid your money £9 each and walked though the plant are all the same! Don't get me wrong it looks nice and it's well looked... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The gardens are built around a large lake, with a huge range of plants and flowers. There's also a woodland section. There are tea rooms and a shop attached, which are good quality, as well a well stocked garden centre, good for some rarer plants not available at most centres. The gardens only need about 30 to 40 minutes, so... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

A very nice garden I took my elderly mother who uses a mobility scooter and it was easy to get around the garden a nice size. Nice tea room and nursery there a pleasant afternoon.

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Rafz, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

A wonderful place with a lot of blossoms and very interesting plants. I loved the Water Garden, that is so amazing. It would be a great place to buy plants. Ungortunately we were not able to buy any because we were on holidays there ;) I would call that a Perfect Garden. I can recommend it to eceryone!

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful gardens, well worth a visit, wonderful tearooms selling home cooked food, a very enjoyable day out, would highly recommend

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Always something different to see in these gardens. Nursery is well stocked with more unusual plants. Excellent tea room

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Easy to find, sign posted. Large car park. Overall impression of the entire place is very positive; clean, tidy and well looked after with a high standard of maintenance. The gardens themselves have been evolving over decades. They contain three very distinct areas; a gravel garden with drought resistant plants, a lush densely planted garden with ponds / small lakes,... More 

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

Hello and thank you for your wonderfully descriptive review. It would seem that you really enjoyed your time here at the gardens and it really makes us all grin from ear-to-ear when we hear others' love and appreciation of the gardens. We thank you kindly for providing other potential guests such a vivid first 'glance'. Kind regards, Julia More 

Broadway, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We are having a new gravel area in our garden and as we found ourselves near to Colchester a visit to the gravel garden was essential - and we weren't disappointed. The nursery is very good, one of the best, but what a pity that they don't stock all of the plants in the garden. We made a note of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised by the most beautiful gardens. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon in the sun.

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Address: Elmstead Market, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
Phone Number: +44 1206 822007
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Colchester

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