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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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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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Room with a view having tea!

Great venue to eat and drink over looking the dry climate garden in the conservatory type dining area! Very good selection of light lunch options and drinks available. A return... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
mark c
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Disappointing. Advert said live singers, there weren't any, just a cd. Apparently they were going to arrive much later in the day, after church. A few stalls under cover, in a tent, nothing of real substance, all over priced. Hot food still being cooked. Stood around for ten minutes, seeing whether there was anything more to see or do, but... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great venue to eat and drink over looking the dry climate garden in the conservatory type dining area! Very good selection of light lunch options and drinks available. A return journey due in the very near future!

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Thank mark c
Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Staying near Colchester and visited these gardens. Very attractive woodland walks with the most magnificent array of large snowdrops. Also saw so many ladybirds which was a surprise in January! Had coffee in the cafe which was not the best i.e. out of a machine but the food - especially the jacket potatoes - looked great although we did not... More 

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Thank sarahys
Colchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went with our mother-in-law at the end of the summer. First we had a cream tea. Pretty expensive for what it was.. the cafe seating area was quite cramped and needing clearing/cleaning. I changed my cutlery for cleaner knives. We looked at the plants for sale, and chose two which were expensive in comparison to other outlets. I appreciate... More 

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Thank HiltonFan999
Essex, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good place to go out to for a couple of hours, present walk and. Farm / gift shop, Restaurant had good food and was family friendly, They did a lovely Halloween event for children

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Thank Ruth J
Colchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

beautiful gardens, lovely at different times of the year, plenty of children's activities and children are also free. Plus a very nice tearoom and shop (selling plants,gardening things etc)

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Thank hamnergirl
Colchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an amazingly beautiful garden, ponds, wild areas as well as areas created by human hand, it was stunning in the summer - lots of birds there too.

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Thank LynnS68
Colchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ticks all the right boxes. Hot and cold food, light snack or full lunch. Gets busy in summer at lunch time...Best to slip in there early.

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Thank Shaun D
Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Beautiful gardens . Always a joy whatever the time of year. The best part is knowing that if you see a plant growing in the garden you can then purchase it in the nursery

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Thank Jaini50
Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Always something of interest to see in the gardens. Staff knowledgeable and willing to share expertise. Excellent plant nursery with informative labels. Very well stocked shop with garden items, quality toys and tempting sundries. The cafe is not to be missed, some people just come to eat! Always a range of home made foods, with special diets catered for. Good... More 

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