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image for Group Visits item typeGroup Visits at Beth Chatto's Plants & Gardens

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Gardens

Beth Chatto Gardens

Beth Chatto Gardens

Address

Elmstead Market,
Colchester,
Essex,
CO7 7DB

Details

Group and Coach parties are always welcome and we are delighted to have groups coming back and visiting us on a regular basis. We aim to limit the number of coaches that we take in a day to ensure that all of our visitors get an excellent experience. In order for us to provide you with the best service, Group Bookings must be booked in advance so we can accommodate your requirements. Due to our popularity please book as early as possible to ensure your requested date is available. Please see our website for more detailed information and garden tours.

The Gardens are situated just east of the village of Elmstead Market on the A133 which is the Colchester to Clacton road. If travelling on the A12 continue past Colchester, take the A120 to Harwich and then the A133 turn-off for Clacton and Elmstead Market. Follow the signs for Elmstead Market. We are on the left hand side as you enter the village.

Our modern Tea Room is light and airy and over looks the Gravel Garden and Plant Nursery. Open during the day they sell a wide range of drinks, light lunches and home made cakes, including daily specials.

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

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Open all the time

Prices

Please see our website for seasonal admission prices

Location

Directions

Plan route to Beth Chatto's Plants and 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

Facilities

  • 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
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • 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

General

  • 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

Entrance

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

Food

  • 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)
    • YesNut free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu