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The Beth Chatto Gardens

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Address: Elmstead Market Clacton Road, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
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Open 7 days a week 7.5 Acres of inspirational Gardens £6.95 admission...

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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Very beautiful garden

If you wish to visit a very beautiful garden then this is the place for you. There are many different types of garden to be seen such the famous dry garden & water gardens & many... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you wish to visit a very beautiful garden then this is the place for you. There are many different types of garden to be seen such the famous dry garden & water gardens & many other forms of planting can be seen there, there is a café were you can purchase hot & cold snacks & a nursery where... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Quite surprised. Plenty too see and do and a very busy cafe. So much to see in the well laid out gardens. Staff very helpful and knowledgable. Will return when more of the plants are in bloom.

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Thank dmarti32
Harlow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well laid out nursery, tea room and of course gardens. I got the plant i wanted and more. The shop has lots of gift ideas. Good day out.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This has lovely gardens, but is not suitable for wheelchair users as the ground is very uneven. There isn't enough benches around the grounds so if you have limited mobility this might not be the place for you. The cafe is nice and clean but a bit on the expensive side. The plants are also expensive.

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Thank Dyane R
Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This review is about the fabulous gardens - not the cafe as we didn't eat. However, the cafe looked very enticing and the menu was full of tasty dishes. The garden was magnificent, and strolling around the various areas was uplifting thanks to the clever designs and planting. Magnificent trees, wonderful use of the water this placed is blessed with,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an old favourite, an excellent place to chill and have a lovely meal or cake. The staff are always pleasant and the food is delicious. The surroundings are tranquil a gem tucked away!

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Frinton on sea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These gardens and plant nursery have beautiful and unusual plants and there is plenty of information about the conditions needed to successfully grow tem in your own garden. If you just want to have a stroll in attractive countrside surroundings this is also the place to be.

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Thaxted, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went today with my Sister, with high expectations, but left feeling sad and disappointed! I have been wanting to go here for such a long time. Only some of the plants are labelled - we took pictures and then asked staff in the garden centre, who just didn't have a clue!! I am pleased we only paid the reduced rate,... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Superb gardens to visit and excellent plants to purchase ... Pleasant tea rooms with usual garden centre type lunches and snacks ... entrance to the gardens is I recall relatively pricey but worth it for a full visit rather than a quick look

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been here a couple times food is very good .. drinks always nice and hot ..you can get what you need for your garden then have a snack here what ever you Fanisie .!!!!

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