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The Beth Chatto Gardens

Elmstead Market Clacton Road, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
+44 1206 822007
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Paradise for plants people

Wonderful, wonderful garden and nursery! Apart from the beauty all around, every plant is labelled... read more

Reviewed June 24, 2017
Hastings, United Kingdom
Wonderful place to visit and enjoy

If you love gardens you will love Beth Chato gardens which I visit time and time again. The have a... read more

Reviewed June 22, 2017
Elizabeth N
Colchester, United Kingdom
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Open 7 days a week 7.5 Acres of inspirational Gardens. Entrance fee from £4.50 depending on season (under 16's free except on special event days). Gravel Garden, extensive Nursery and Tearoom 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, Reservoir 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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  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
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“dry garden” (59 reviews)
“garden centre” (52 reviews)
“tea room” (76 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Elmstead Market Clacton Road, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
+44 1206 822007
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Reviewed June 24, 2017

Wonderful, wonderful garden and nursery! Apart from the beauty all around, every plant is labelled and in the nursery plants are organised by site (damp, dry, scree, shade, sun, etc.) and then alphabetically so it's easy to find the plants you've seen in the gardens....More

1  Thank ladythatlunches2017
Reviewed June 22, 2017

If you love gardens you will love Beth Chato gardens which I visit time and time again. The have a lovely tea shop for coffe, light lunch, cake etc, then time to wander round the gardens....take a pen and paper with you to remember all...More

1  Thank Elizabeth N
Reviewed June 21, 2017 via mobile

We visited the gardens with in-laws and toddler son. Enjoyed lunch (lots of variety and all homemade), then wandered the gardens, garden centre and shop. Great place to visit for a cuppa, plants or gifts - or all three. In addition the toilets offer disabled...More

1  Thank AKL90
Reviewed June 20, 2017

We had seen the signs, but never visited Beth Chatto gardens, so when the sun came out one day, we decided to go. A lovely dry gravelled garden (needing little watering) greeted us on arrival. The variety, colours and displays were packed with ideas for...More

Thank PECK843
Reviewed June 20, 2017

We visited the garden which was in excellent order, although there was some renewal work going on. We had lunch in the cafe that was very acceptable and all in all a great visit. We bought a few plants in the nursery which was well...More

Thank Melchisedek
Reviewed June 20, 2017

beautiful private gardens - nice water plants - charming borders. You walk into nice lustful gardens, full of typical english flowers. Fantastic !

Thank luc_vdw
Reviewed June 19, 2017

Lovely tranquil setting,birds singing,ducks quacking,rambling paths,to discover dabble shaded glades,water trickling by.Beautifully edged lakes,beautiful planting,nursery for those essential purchases,all arranged in area s to suit your needs.Of course the much need Tea room, sandwiches,salads,light hot meals,delicious cakes,scones etc.Gift shop.A real must.

Thank sadams3433
Reviewed June 16, 2017

Wandering round acres of beautifully crafted gardens is a joy. The cafe makes for a welcome break and there is a good choice of food, cakes and drinks. The garden centre is wonderful and is divided into helpful sections for different planting conditions.

1  Thank nstewart8
Reviewed June 13, 2017

Long awaited trip to this famous garden. The dry garden just outside the main garden (used to be the carpark) is excellent. Lovely series of lakes and a wonderful collection of plants. Excellent plant sales area and shop. Good food in the restaurant where we...More

1  Thank hummingpearls
Reviewed June 11, 2017 via mobile

Stunning gardens and a real delight to walk around. Full of the sound of birdsong. I think it is good value for money. Nice tea rooms with plenty of seating. Lovely cakes. Well worth a trip especially on a sunny day.

1  Thank Caryn M
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September 10, 2017|
Response from Jane K | Reviewed this property |
hi sorry I can't help you, I'm not sure but there are some really nice loos!