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The Beth Chatto Gardens

Elmstead Market Clacton Road, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
+44 1206 822007
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Beautiful gardens and helpful staff

We are lucky enough to have a year long pass to these lovely gardens. I took Dad there for his... read more

Reviewed yesterday
HelenP1969
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Colchester, United Kingdom
Excellent location for a lunch or ramble around the beautiful gardens

Located close to me, these gardens are a convenient place to meet frioends for lunch or just to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mike D
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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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  • Average8%
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  • Terrible1%
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“dry garden” (65 reviews)
“garden centre” (62 reviews)
“buy plants” (29 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Elmstead Market Clacton Road, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
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+44 1206 822007
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Reviewed yesterday

We are lucky enough to have a year long pass to these lovely gardens. I took Dad there for his 91st birthday yesterday and unfortunately he was struggling to get around as he was having a bad day with his Parkinson's. Two lovely ladies brought...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Located close to me, these gardens are a convenient place to meet frioends for lunch or just to spend an hour orm two looking around the gardens. Excellent food is avalable in their cafe.

Thank Mike D
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Debsul07, Public Relations Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Many thanks for your review Mike. We are pleased you enjoy visiting the Gardens and the tearoom. Look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We went on an open day. Lovely garden and the staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Such a lovely place to walk around and take insparation.

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Debsul07, Public Relations Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Many thanks for visiting and taking the time to review. Hope to see you here at the Gardens again soon.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We had waited for years to go and eventually made it, perhaps it was the wrong time of year as there is still a lot more to flower. The biggest disappoinment was the siting of the educational shed in a horrible yellow colour right in...More

Thank PandPCotswoldsUK
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Debsul07, Front Office Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are sorry you didn’t enjoy your visit. Fortunately for the Gardens this is not the view from most of our visitors and we get fantastic reviews. The Gardens are very much designed using Beth’s principle of foliage first. The Willow Room was constructed last...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A perfect few hours spent in these wonderful gardens, so beautiful - lots of photos taken and so many birds singing it was a real joy - will visit again just so I can stroll around once more and enjoy the beauty, thank you, very...More

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Debsul07, Public Relations Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much Stephanie. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely garden. Nice to visit a relaxing country garden where you don’t get ripped off. I wish I lived near by as you can visit the gravel area and the lovely cafe for free & buy from the nursery. Great to be able to buy...More

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Debsul07, Public Relations Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Ahh thanks for your wonderful review. Hope to see you when you are this way again!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place - it looks like it's thriving and ever growing. The cafe is excellent - the menu and choice is really good. The attention to the layout of the gardens and the plants is brilliant. I'm starting to visit more and more....More

1  Thank Coffeeshoplover141
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Debsul07, Public Relations Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Ahh thank you. If you are a regular visitor the Friends of the Garden membership is a great way to just pay once a year for the membership and then you can visit as often as you like throughout the year. Look forward to seeing...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely gardens. It rained as we arrived and so we had lunch. The bread of the sandwiches was delicious. There is a large nursery to buy plants. The gardens are beautiful and the she was so fortunate to have the ponds. There was a lake...More

Thank LondonJames2050
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Debsul07, Public Relations Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for your review. The large reservoir that you mention in the Reservoir Garden belongs to the neighbouring famer but thank you for mentioning it, we will put a sign up in the area explaining it doesnt belong to the Gardens.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We fixed up our group visit many months ago, and all the arrangements were excellent, even though Beth Chatto herself had only died sadly two days earlier. We booked ‘The Gardeners Tour’ as an extra, which was very worthwhile, the hour with a very knowledgeable...More

1  Thank Michael W
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Debsul07, Public Relations Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for your review Michael, pleased your group enjoyed their visit and the Gardener's Tour.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Beth Chatto's gardens on the day she sadly died. The gardens offer lovely walks among the trees and flowers and also a restful place to sit and watch the world go by. There is a tea room available with a variety of food...More

Thank Tony J
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Debsul07, Public Relations Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review Tony. The garden and nursery will continue to thrive under the direction of Beth’s granddaughter, Julia Boulton. The Beth Chatto Education Trust was established in 2015 to promote Beth's beliefs and give practical advice to future generations of young gardeners.

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No sorry not paved routes however much of the garden is available to a wheelchair or pushchair
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I am sorry but this question got lost in Tripadvisor and we have only just seen it.. Yes there are baby changing facilities in the disabled toilet so plenty of space and can be used by mum or dad. We are also breastfeeding... More
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