Beth Chatto Gardens / Colchester Castle

Itinerary Idea: Colchester & the Beth Chatto Gardens

Colchester & the Beth Chatto Gardens

Discover Colchester Town Centre's unmissable attractions, then head out to the beautiful Beth Chatto Gardens for a calm afternoon in the green on this one-day suggested itinerary.


Dowload a Street Map of Colchester


Pop by the Colchester Visitor Information Centre in Hollytrees Museum. The friendly VIC team will help your group get the most out of the town. Take the opportunity to browse for mementoes of your visit to Britain's First City.

Colchester Visitor Information

Visit Colchester Castle Museum

This award-winning museum, contained within the largest Norman keep ever constructed, takes the visitor through 2000 years of Colchester's history. See some of the most important Roman and Celtic finds in Britain. Discover why Boudicea burnt the town to the ground, why Colchester was under siege during the English Civil War and what life was like in the Castle prisons. Younger visitors can try on togas or armour and touch real Roman pottery. A guided tour will enable your group to enter areas otherwise closed to visitors, such as the vaults of the Roman temple and the Castle roof, from which you can enjoy extensive views of the town.

 Colchester Castle

Stroll around Castle Park

Spend a few minutes before lunch enjoying the beauty of this award-winning ‘Green Flag' Victorian park. The spring and summer bedding displays are particularly magnificent, but the park has something to offer all year round. Traditional features include the bandstand, boating lake, café and cricket ground, and a sensory garden bringing the sights, scents and textures of a variety of flora closer to you.

Castle Park

Colchester Castle Museum
Gardens in Castle Park


Take a short drive or the No. 76 bus to the nearby village of Elmstead Market, home to the internationally renowned Beth Chatto Gardens. Established in 1960, the 6 acres under cultivation include a gravel garden filled with drought loving plants and water and woodland gardens.

Enjoy afternoon refreshment in the tearoom before the coach departs.


Beth Chatto Gardens

Beth Chatto Gardens

Other Places to Visit

Other gardens in the Colchester area include the Green Island Gardens in Ardleigh or the traditional English estate of Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum near Coggeshall where you can enjoy the ornamental lakes, 17th century walled garden and surrounding ancient woodland.

Green Island Gardens
Marks Hall Gardens & Arboretum