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The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester

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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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  • Wandering round acres of beautifully crafted gardens is a joy. The cafe makes for a welcome break and there is a good choice of food, cakes and drinks. The garden centre is wonderful and is divided in...  more »
  • Long awaited trip to this famous garden. The dry garden just outside the main garden (used to be the carpark) is excellent. Lovely series of lakes and a wonderful collection of plants. Excellent plant...  more »
  • Stunning gardens and a real delight to walk around. Full of the sound of birdsong. I think it is good value for money. Nice tea rooms with plenty of seating. Lovely cakes. Well worth a trip especially...  more »
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  • These gardens are absolutely stunning and well worth more than one visit - preferably at different times of the year to see how the form and colour develop. In spring there are beautiful flowering shrubs to admire, whilst in summer the lakes are full of flowering aquatics like pickerel weed - not a weed at all, but spikes of lilac flowers above a mound of spear shaped leaves which emerge from the water in huge clumps.
  • Lovely gardens, the cheese scone in the cafe was very tasty and the plants on sale were first class!
  • 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.
  • 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.

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A short train ride from London, Colchester is a university and working town. Hotels in the town center are near the main attractions, but for less expensive lodging consider a room near the university campus, which is situated in a tree-filled parkland.
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