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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

The gardens are well laid out and easy to stroll round. We spent a good hour just looking at the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ros W
Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Beautiful well kept gardens. Not huge but worth a visit or two. Easy to walk around. Very... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Alanna W
via mobile
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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%
  • Terrible1%
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“dry garden” (57 reviews)
“garden centre” (47 reviews)
“tea room” (71 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Elmstead Market Clacton Road, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
+44 1206 822007
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The gardens are well laid out and easy to stroll round. We spent a good hour just looking at the well planned gardens

Thank Ros W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Beautiful well kept gardens. Not huge but worth a visit or two. Easy to walk around. Very photographic.

Thank Alanna W
Reviewed 5 days ago

Free entrance of course for the Garden Centre but the charge of £8 for looking at the gardens is excessive - nice water features and good variety of plants but £4 would be enough entrance fee.

Thank simon m
Reviewed 5 days ago

A truly peaceful place to visit. A gardeners dream. Wheelchair friendly. Great cafe with good value food. The plant shop definitely worth a visit. A very relaxing place to be.

Thank Jill M
Reviewed 5 days ago

Beth Chatto, a very dear lady has dedicated her life to these gardens. She in now in her nineties and lives in the grounds. She used to show at the Chelsea Flower Show and has won many gold medals but sadly stopped as she got...More

Thank James K
Reviewed 6 days ago

Charming always changing garden with friendly happy staff and you can recreate the look because the plants are available in the garden centre. Lovely tea room too.

Thank yellowprince
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The plants are grouped into descriptions for dry sunny shade wet etc so it's easy to buy plants to suit all parts of your garden.

Thank Maureen O
Reviewed 6 days ago

Lovely gardens to stroll round and the plant centre was good. Staff very helpful but food in the restaurant was a bit limited

Thank Gordon M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a garden full of contrasts and different ideas offering the keen gardener plenty of inspiration. Each area is beautifully presented and there is plenty to take in and explore as you take a leisurely walk around each one. Tea shop offers excellent lunches...More

Thank Teamtictac
Reviewed 1 week ago

A perfect way to while away the hours. This acclaimed garden offers an interesting selection of plant life from the gravel garden to the water features. The pathways are wide and suitable for all ages. The many benches provided offer peaceful contemplation and rest stops....More

Thank diane b
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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
11 September 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