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The Beth Chatto Gardens

Elmstead Market Clacton Road, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
+44 1206 822007
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they are partner gardens to visit on RHS members but apparently the only time allowed is November... read more

Reviewed July 26, 2016
Rayleigh, United Kingdom
nice morning

we decided to go at the time they open first thing in the morning it was very quiet birds singing... read more

Reviewed July 26, 2016
rob m
Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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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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“dry garden” (52 reviews)
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Elmstead Market Clacton Road, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
+44 1206 822007
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Reviewed July 26, 2016

they are partner gardens to visit on RHS members but apparently the only time allowed is November to March only so wasted one and half an hour journey to find that we do not have a free entry in July out in a garden which...More

Thank lovemyfood137
BethChattoGarden, General Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2016

Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about this and I apologise for your journey. We enjoy a close relationship with the RHS and our agreement with them is that RHS members are welcome for free in the winter months....More

Reviewed July 26, 2016

we decided to go at the time they open first thing in the morning it was very quiet birds singing mainly on the level you can push a pram or wheel chair on a dry day. (mainly grass) nice little garden center and cafe also...More

Thank rob m
Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Just off the busy main highway, you enter a pristine oasis, with sloping grassy banks,mature trees and pools. Islands of interesting plants.Just the place for a relaxing afternoon. All the pleasure and none of the hard work. To finish off have a snack and buy...More

Thank D R
Reviewed July 25, 2016

We went here with our local Garden Club in June. It was a wonderful day out. The gardens are fabulous and it was nice to be able to buy the plants that were in the gardens. Small shop with eclectic stock and a really nice,...More

Thank Lynn P
Reviewed July 25, 2016

Real specialist plants for sale. All can be seen growing in the beautiful gardens. A nice little cafe too.

Thank David C
Reviewed July 24, 2016

These are great gardens to visit, if you want to go for a nice stroll and take in the great plants with all the colours, there is also a very nice tea room and nursery with lots of plants for sale.

Thank Dave H
Reviewed July 23, 2016

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...More

Thank Peter S
BethChattoGarden, General Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2016

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit and the new commentary by Beth. We hope this allows visitors to understand her challenges and achievements and enhances enjoyment of the gardens.

Reviewed July 20, 2016 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...More

Thank Andrea G
Reviewed July 18, 2016 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...More

Thank 02040508BW
Reviewed July 18, 2016

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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Can I take my dog on a lead?
June 14, 2017|
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Response from MiriamRL | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I don't know but I think I can remember seeing a dog. Just not sure.
My friend Jill Allen-King, who is blind, would like to visit the GARDEN with me; would you permit her Guide Dog who accompanies her everywhere ? AnnAdams.
April 17, 2017|
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Response from Kerry S | Reviewed this property |
Their website says 'assistance dogs only ' if in doubt I'd give them a ring but they say one companion will be admitted free of charge for visually impaired visitors ... hope you enjoy your visit
How much does it cost to visit the garden?
September 11, 2016|
Response from Julia B |
Adult admission is £6.95, children up to 16yrs are free of charge Winter admission (November to February) entry is £4 children up to 16 free of charge Entry to the gravel garden, nursery, shop and tearoom is free of charge