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The Beth Chatto Gardens

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Address: Elmstead Market Clacton Road, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
Phone Number: +44 1206 822007

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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Day out with the wife

Very surprised with the size and how good the plants were considering the lack of water and the verity of plants.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Michael G
Uxbridge, England, United Kingdom
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Uxbridge, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very surprised with the size and how good the plants were considering the lack of water and the verity of plants.

Thank Michael G
Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Everything was so well organised from the pond dipping to nature trail and the stalls. Gardens are as beautiful as ever.

Thank thomas211007
England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We drove down from Irchester Northamptonshire for a bit of inspiration for our tired garden. Worked a treat. Absolutely excellent afternoon. Great place. Lovely coffee and cake. Would recommend to anyone who's into gardens. Nursery is very well stocked with healthy plants unlike the wyvales these days sadly

Thank Simon C
Inverness, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

These gardens are wonderful with many different areas of plants and trees, woodland walks, ponds etc. There is a great cafe with good food and the shop and nursery are well stocked and educational. We visited twice during our holiday.

Thank Ian W
Colchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have visited Beth Chatto gardens over the last 20 years. The gardens are still immaculate and well worth a visit. The garden nursery in our opinion has declined in its offerings, probably as Beth herself has had less to do with the business. They have a nice cafe and like many nurseries this has become the main attraction, even... More 

Thank gary s
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent food and wonderful gardens to look around. Hot meals and baguettes, sandwiches all good. Always very popular. Staff very good. The baguettes are made on the premises.

Thank 720yvonnec
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a lovely day today in beautiful gardens.The staff were very kind and knowledgeable to give us a super experience, thank you to all.

Thank Claire B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Plenty of activities and they try to keep it interesting for younger children. Tea room is clean and staff friendly. Children's meals are good value but grown ups slightly more expensive. Overall well worth a visit as a day will be less than £25 for a family of 4.

Thank Douglas C
Alsace, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed our Sunday afternoon stroll in the gardens. They were beautifully maintained and plenty of information about the plants and the planting were found around the garden and in the informative leaflet. It was safe and manageable for taking an elderly relative, with well-placed seats, well-maintained paths and lots to enjoy without feeling overwhelmed. The admission price seemed a... More 

Thank Alsacienne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Thankyou so much to Keith and all his staff at the Restaurant for making a Birthday "Cream Tea" today really special for myself and my elderly parents, and for a really good friend whom we haven't seen for a long time who was celebrating his birthday. We only had time for tea, but we will definitely return to the gardens.... More 

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