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The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester
(4.3/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
Once an overgrown wasteland, The Beth Chatto Gardens are today informal gardens. Stroll through grounds that harmonize with the surrounding countryside, and enjoy the tranquility. Find inspiration for your own garden or window box, and then head for the plant nursery, which stocks over 2000 plants, including some unusual specimens. Talk to the staff on hand for gardening information and advice. Before heading home to recreate the look, take a break in the tearoom with a hot drink and homemade cake. Before you head to Colchester, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Colchester vacation route planner, to make sure you see all that Colchester has to offer, including The Beth Chatto Gardens.
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TripAdvisor
  • Really lovely gardens. 4 stars because you don't get the whole huge gardens/greenhouses type experience, but you do get fascinating planting, interesting history and a great garden centre. Cafe is a l...  more »
  • Beth Chatto has designed these gardens so that there is a different face at all times of the year. In addition, she continually changes the pattern of the gardens without altering the underlying feeli...  more »
  • This place is worth a visit at any time of year. The gardens are constantly changing. If you are local, just enjoy the free gravel garden and wonder around the garden centre area. The cafe can be a bi...  more »
Google
  • We only called in to use the coffee shop on this occasion which was very pleasant with friendly staff and delicious cakes. We peeped over the wall and could see how delightful the gardens looked but we didn't have time to look round them on this occasion - they are £6.95 to enter. There is a large car park with picnic benches if you bring your own food too.
  • We visited couple of weeks ago, could only use tea shop had lovely snack & coffee didn't have time to visit gardens then, came back yesterday wasn't disappointed they were beautiful, the settings, the lakes. The history and the hard work involved definitely come back again, and the tea shop was lovely very clean, lovely food. Paula from clacton.
  • An incredible day out with an amazing variety of wildlife and picture opportunities. There were numerous shaded spots to relax and pore over our pictures. The tea room was a welcome, although pricey, addition to a great trip!
  • What a stunning garden. I want to live there!!! My advice would be to get there by 9am as we did. It was getting busy by 10:30 and if you want to enjoy the tranquility of the garden- be early. I treated myself to quite a few plants but couldn't get a couple of plants which I saw in the gardens, which is a shame as i had the perfect spot for them in my own garden. Thoroughly enjoyable visit! Thank you.
  • My best garden near Colchester. Need to go one day in the winter.