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The Beth Chatto Gardens

Elmstead Market Clacton Road, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
+44 1206 822007
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Morning out

Beautiful beautiful gardens, Lovely place to walk or sit and take in the plants. Wonderful cafe... read more

Reviewed yesterday
positiveadvisor
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Outdoor painting

This is the garden of the home of the famous gardener Beth Chatto. She brought the principal of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kimlanew
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Essex, 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)
“garden centre” (43 reviews)
“tea room” (67 reviews)
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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 via mobile

Beautiful beautiful gardens, Lovely place to walk or sit and take in the plants. Wonderful cafe with friendly helpful staff. Plenty of plants for sale & a quaint gift shop too.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is the garden of the home of the famous gardener Beth Chatto. She brought the principal of "right plant, right place" into the realm of the everyday gardener. I visited the garden on a sunny afternoon with my daughter to do some painting. It...More

Thank Kimlanew
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Beth Chatto Gardens are well worth the long journey we made to visit. The careful design and excellent management of all parts of the garden make for an unforgettable experience. The woodlands are perfectly maintained, and the ponds are complemented with exceptional flora. Outstanding...More

Thank tifosi08
Reviewed 4 days ago

These gardens are not well signposted but definitely worth a visit. At the moment they are trialling a dry gravel area to see what plnts survive without watering. An interesting concept with a view to climate change. The formal areas with their wonderful planting and...More

1  Thank Christine S
BethChattoGarden, General Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Christine what lovely words, thank you so much for your review. I do very much want to improve the signage we have, and it's great to have your feedback on that. We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit, thank you for coming and we...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I had wanted to visit the garden for a long time, and when we finally made the trip, we were not disappointed. The garden is packed full with beautiful interesting plants, growing where they're happiest. My husband is not a gardener, but he was totally...More

Thank LeighRay00
Reviewed 6 days ago

Lovely gardens, with plenty of seats for sitting and contemplating, instead of rushing about identifying plants ! Plenty for sale, but I managed to resist -

Thank hazelbrownYorkshire
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful gardens and great coffee shop. We've visited several times and just popped in for coffee and to see the dry garden! Visited this time for a 'proper' visit. Lovely lovely garden beautiful. Great shop for plants too!

1  Thank Rachel D
BethChattoGarden, General Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Rachel, such a lovely review. We really do appreciate your comments, thank you for taking the time to write them, and thank you for coming to visit us. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago

This isn't a huge, stately home formal garden, but instead is a personal garden developed over time which has very varied planted areas with lots of unusal plants. It is beautifully looked after and demonstrates how plants can thrive in different conditions from woodland shade...More

1  Thank Juliet F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been here a handful of times, and each time have really enjoyed it. On this occasion i visited with my mum and although it was busy, lunchtime, we were served quickly and took ourselves out to eat and drink in the outside undercover area. We...More

1  Thank Serena n Lee J
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the gardens last week and hoped to use our gardeners world buy one get one free entrance but unfortunately it was not valid until September. Never the less we went in and enjoyed the gardens very much, especially the pools and unusual trees...More

Thank trish h
BethChattoGarden, General Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Trish, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review and I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. I'm sorry your Gardeners' World entrance wasn't valid for the time you visited. We will make sure we liaise with them to make...More

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DPLUCK
15 June 2017|
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Response from gillianlovett | Reviewed this property |
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windjammeraa
18 April 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
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Egli5588
11 September 2016|
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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
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