The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester

4.4
#3 of 12 in Parks in Colchester
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 trip itinerary planning site , to make sure you see all that Colchester has to offer, including The Beth Chatto Gardens.
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  • Been wanting to see this garden for years so had to include it in a tour through Esssex. The garden is all we had hoped it would be: large and beautifully planted . Why did we have to go back? Because...  more »
  • Great for garden and plant lovers .Went here on a Saturday afternoon never been before but heard about it! It was busy in the tea room and garden and nursery which are free to enter and they have some...  more »
  • We visited the garden on a Sunday and it was not too crowded. The weather was sunny which made everything look wonderful. The gravel garden in particular is astonishing - it is full of plants that I d...  more »
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  • Thoroughly enjoyed my day here. Got lots of ideas for ground cover which I need at the moment. Tea rooms are lovely with the most amazing cakes. Will definitely revisit soon.
  • Although small (5 acres) the garden is packed with interest. The garden includes drought and boggy areas and the plantings are based on the principle of the right plant in the right place. I have visited in Spring, Summer and Autumn and it never disappoints. You can buy the plants you see in the garden from the attached nursery.
  • A fairly small garden at seven acres but it is well thought out with good planting combinations which you can copy at home by buying identical plants from the adjoining nursery. For those that want to take there time and soak up the pleasant atmosphere there are plenty of benches dotted about. The tea room appeared spacious and clean with a good variety of hot and cold food and there was ample parking a short walk from the entrance.
  • Great place to visit, lovely large gardens split into different styles. The woodland and pond areas are particularly good. Tea rooms and garden centre also attached where you can but some of the plants you've just seen in the garden it self.
  • One of the best gardens I have ever seen. The "tea room" is excellent - layout food service and prices unbeatable. Shop is the only feature which needs to be improved.

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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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