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Beth Chatto Gardens

Beth Chatto Gardens


Elmstead Market,


The Tea Room is a light, airy building built in 2006. It is surrounded by windows overlooking the world famous Gravel Garden and the extensive plant Nursery it is a delightful place to relax over a cream tea or take refuge from the elements with one of our delicious homemade soups.

Kelly and her team take pride in offering a varied range of homemade cakes, daily baked scones, fresh ground coffee and speciality teas to our visitors all year round. A selection of breakfasts, light lunches and hot daily specials, using mainly seasonal locally sourced products, are on the menu daily including options for those with specific dietary requirements.

Posey vases on the tables hold fresh flowers and foliage of current interest.

The Tea Room is also the venue for many of our events and workshops throughout the year.

The Gravel Garden side of the Tea Room can also be hired during our off-peak times - our staff can offer you a beautiful venue in an amazing location, perfect for a family function, party or even group meetings. We can make buffets, lunches and afternoon tea to suit your budget. Please contact us for further details.

Coach Park: Parking facilities for up to five coaches

Drop Off: Drop-off is at the entrance to the garde

Driver: Free tea/coffee cake for drivers

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostAccepts groups

Opening details

March to September, Monday to Saturday 9am- 5pm, 10am- 5pm on Sundays. October to February, Monday to Saturday 9am- 4pm, 10am- 4pm on Sundays. Last orders half an hour before closing time please.


Entry to the gardens is £6.95 per head for groups of less than 25 in number and £6.45 per head for groups of 25 and over.
Up to five 50 seater coaches accepted each day.



Plan route to Beth Chatto Gardens using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TM 067241  Lat: 51.87788 Long: 1.00228

By Road:
The Gardens are situated 6 miles east of Colchester and a quarter mile east of Elmstead Market on the A133.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children