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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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Really beautiful

I spent a very enjoyable morning here on a bank holiday Monday with not many other visitors around. Besides the wonderful variety and beauty of the gardens, I also found Beth's... read more

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I spent a very enjoyable morning here on a bank holiday Monday with not many other visitors around. Besides the wonderful variety and beauty of the gardens, I also found Beth's ethos and ideas interesting, there is real method in what she does. A gem that's definitely worth a visit, I spent about 3-4 hours wandering around at a very... More 

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A well maintained garden. Planting huge. You can tell it was planted in the sixties. Mostly woodland plants with lots of places to sit and reflect. Didn't visit shop or restaurant. Thought price was a little too steep because it doesn't take very long to see it all.

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Been meaning to visit here for a while, and was not disappointed. Admittedly the weather was good too but everything was so green and the variety in the planting didn't disappoint either. We also had a spot of lunch at the cafe there the food is really tasty and reasonably priced. The nursery also provides some of the plants ordered... More 

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This splendid garden is worth a visit. The setting is wonderful and it is well maintained with a variety of views. The cafe and garden centre are a bonus, the latter of which is very well organised.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went to Beth Chatto a long time ago and I suddenly had the urge to return recently. We had lunch first and then explored the garden and shop. The food was nice with reasonable prices. The queuing system in the cafe needs looking at as my husband almost got into an argument with another customer for standing in the... More 

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Wroxham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The gardens are stunning and they are so well laid out it is like wandering from one room to another with sun loving plants and then on to shade loving plants and drought resistant ones as well. Prepare to be captivated by this place. We visited on a beautiful summer's day and were able to wander at will. We arrived... More 

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Harlow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely beautiful garden, in a lovely location and peaceful. The nursery and shop staff were amazingly knowledgeable and so very helpful. Nothing was to much effort for them. We will definitely return soon. Well done to Beth and everyone involved in this wonderful place.

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here with my family for a day out, it was okay and passed a couple of hours. Thought it was a bit expensive for what you get. I have been other places where you get a lot more for your money.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The work Beth Chatto and her late husband put into the gardens to make them what they are today is incredible. As is normal for any garden it is still evolving. When we visited a new garden bed was under construction. The dry garden, the trees, the water garden all combine to make this site a paradise for plant people.... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My second visit, but had 2 friends travelled down from Norfolk and as I had raved about it to them we met there. The cafe, not busy no queue and we were practically the only ones sitting outside. No menus available but some items on board but was told they make something up if you ask ? We had 2... More 

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