Beth Chatto Gardens

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Beth Chatto Gardens in a beautiful outdoor space near Colchester. Covering 6 acres, these gardens have become world famous for their beauty and innovation, with planting led by Beth Chatto's mantra 'The right plant for the right place'. Original problem areas, from boggy ground, a gravelly car park, and bramble filled woodland, have been transformed by the use of plants suited to the conditions to produce a wonderful display of sustainable planting guided by an ethos centred around working alongside nature.

Coaches must be booked in advance. Tearoom open all year round and seats 100. Large plant nursery. Tearoom and gardens suitable for people with disabilities.

Tea Room

A light, airy building overlooking the Gravel Gardens. Serves light lunches and refreshments all year round. No entry to the Gardens required.


An extensive plant nursery with plants displayed by growing conditions. Entry to the Gardens not required to visit the plant nursery.

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Guide Prices

Please see our website for seasonal admission prices
Carer goes free with disabled badge holder.
Child admission: FREE (max 3 per paying adult) or £1.50 on special event days (eg Wildlife Fair, Summer Trail, Easter Egg Hunt, Pumpkin Hunt).
Sorry, no concessions.



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Facilities for groups


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions


Road Directions

By Road:The Gardens are situated 6 miles east of Colchester and a quarter mile east of Elmstead Market on the A133.The nearest railway station is Colchester, which is 5 miles away.

Beth Chatto's Plants & Gardens


Beth Chatto's Plants & Gardens, Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB

Tel: 01206 822007

Fax: 01206 825933


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