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The Beth Chatto Gardens

Elmstead Market Clacton Road, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
+44 1206 822007
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enjoyed the winter colours, but not the mud on our car!!

The Gardens were quiet on the day we visited in mid-February. It was cold but sunny and there were... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
markwilkinson86
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Northampton, United Kingdom
Coffee with the girls

Me and my friends with young children often meet in there as it’s in between where we live. It’s... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Samantha L
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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%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“dry garden” (61 reviews)
“garden centre” (59 reviews)
“buy plants” (25 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Elmstead Market Clacton Road, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The Gardens were quiet on the day we visited in mid-February. It was cold but sunny and there were very few visitors in the gardens. We enjoyed the small flowering plants such as aconites, snowdrops, crocuses and helibores. Also the many textures of grasses, shrubs...More

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BethChattoGarden, Public Relations Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Many thanks for visiting the Gardens, tearoom and shop and we are very sorry about the current drive experience. As this is a quieter time of year in the Gardens we planned for the drive to be replaced before the busy spring and summer months....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and my friends with young children often meet in there as it’s in between where we live. It’s always welcoming and nice food and cakes, lovely gardens to walk around. Very pleasant.

Thank Samantha L
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BethChattoGarden, Public Relations Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Samantha - always lovely to see the young ones in the gardens and tearoom.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love these gardens and visit every season. The cafe was once really enjoyable and the extension of seating to include outside views was a delight. However when we popped in on Sunday we found that they had introduced a waitress service. We thought this...More

Thank PatsyC0lchester
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BethChattoGarden, Public Relations Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So sorry that your experience in the Tearoom was not as it should be. We usually get the highest praises about our roast potatoes, comments such as amazing and best ever. I have fed the comments back to the chefs regarding both the potatoes and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We all went as a family group with my wonderful grandmother, who loves gardens. It was wet and miserable, but that didn't stop us from having a good time! Despite some of the plants not liking the weather, there was still plenty to see. Better...More

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

Pleased the family enjoyed the visit to the Gardens. As you said there is still plenty to see in the winter and the snowdrops are particularly wonderful at the moment. Hope to see you again soon and that the weather is a little kinder to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is possible to visit Beth Chatto's at any time of the year with the lovely tea room facilities. The gardens are magnificent during the spring summer and autumn, perfect for strolling around and enjoying the planting.

Thank Honey4Tea
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BethChattoGarden, Public Relations Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your lovely comments, as you say the gardens are just amazing. See you here again soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first visit to Beth Chatto’s and we were very impressed with the service, every staff member we met both in the tea room and shop were courteous, friendly and very helpful. Our Afternoon Tea was delicious and good value for money. We...More

1  Thank Bee P
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BethChattoGarden, Public Relations Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words - these have been past on to the staff. So pleased you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you again soon

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

No matter what time of year you visit..it is always lovely gardens..have bought so many plants from shop..my garden is full..nice tearooms..always a great place to visit.

Thank bigbarryEssex
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BethChattoGarden, Public Relations Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

So pleased you enjoyed your visit. As you said it is absolutely beautiful here any time of the year! Snowdrops are particularly wonderful at the moment.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Obviously , one of the best time to go is spring when the flowers are in bloom. The T-room is nice (perhaps a little on the high side , expense wise) . If gardening ticks your box , then well worth a visitMore

Thank thecave2017
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BethChattoGarden, Public Relations Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review. The Gardens offer a different experience each month and season. The snowdrops are particularly wonderful at this time of year. Our tearoom provides seasonal, freshly produced and locally sourced food which is reflected in the...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visited Beth Chatto and had a perfect delicious Sunday roast. The beef was juicy and tender, potatoes crispy on the outside & fluffy on the inside. Yorkshire pudding perfect. I had a separate dish of fresh vegetables ( not frozen) a gravy boat to help...More

Thank Elaine A
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BethChattoGarden, Public Relations Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for your comments which I will pass on to the tearoom. Pleased you enjoyed your Sunday roast and look forward to seeing you here again very soon.

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Reviewed 6 January 2018

Absolutely beautiful gardens - always something in bloom and a real pleasure to wander around and enjoy the meandering paths by lakes and woodland. Super café and garden centre too. A pleasure for all ages with good parking and toilet facilities.

Thank Deborah G
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BethChattoGarden, Public Relations Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2018

Thanks for taking the time to post a review - always appreciated. So pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you in the Gardens again soon!

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