Beth Chatto Gardens
  • Beth Chatto Gardens
  • Beth Chatto Gardens
  • Beth Chatto Gardens
  • Beth Chatto Gardens
  • Beth Chatto Gardens

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Beth Chatto’s Gardens are the the inspirational, award-winning and internationally-renowned gardens of 'the most influential gardener of our time' Beth Chatto OBE VMH.

Beth took on a challenging site in the 1960s, which was boggy in places, incredibly dry and infertile in others, and began to create the most beautiful garden, based on her principles of ecological and sustainable planting 'Right plant, right place'; growing plants where they are happiest.

With her team, Beth transformed the land into various informal gardens comprising the Gravel Garden, Water Garden, Reservoir Garden, Woodland Garden and Scree Garden. 7.5 acres of sustainable planting in challenging growing conditions to inspire any gardener or plant lover.

Extensive nursery with choice of over 2,000 different kinds of mainly herbaceous plants and bulbs, plus giftshop and tearoom serving locally sourced light refreshments. Entry to tearoom, gift shop and nursery is free. To visit the Gardens, booking online is advisable

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Guide Prices

Pre-booked tickets

Adult - £12.50
Student - £6.50
Child (2-16 years) - £3.50

Tickets purchased on the day from Visitor Information Centre

Adult - £13.50
Student - £7.50
Child (2 -16 years) - £4.50
Carer - Free with disabled badge holder

Visitors are not required to pre-book if you are visiting the Nursery, Gardener's Shop or Chatto's Tearoom only. These are free of charge.



  • 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


  • Coach parking
  • Drop Off Point
  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours 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

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

Public Transport Directions

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

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Opening Times

Season (1 Mar 2023 - 31 Oct 2023)
Wednesday - Friday10:00 - 17:00
Saturday10:00 - 16:00
Bank HolidayOpen

* 18th December 2022 - 18th January 2023 - (Winter Closure - Closed to Public)

Open most Bank Holidays, please see website for more information

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