The Beth Chatto Gardens

Beth Chatto’s Plants and Gardens 2-for-1 entry

Get one free entry with one full-paying adult, with your Gardeners’ World Magazine 2-for-1 entry card. Valid at 461 gardens.

An influential seven-acre garden created in the 1960s by acclaimed plantswoman, author and Chelsea gold medal winning designer Beth Chatto. Set in a hollow that combines extremes of wet and dry, it’s based on the principle of finding the right plant for the right place. There is plenty to see in spring, autumn and winter, with a gravel garden for drought-tolerant plants, a lush water garden and a woodland and a woodland garden for shade-lovers.


Important update

With the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions, gardens in the 2-for-1 directory are beginning to open.

To ensure the safety of visitors and staff, many have special measures in place, including pre-booking and limiting the number of visitors.

Before visiting a garden, please contact the garden directly to determine their opening status and any restrictions that may apply.

Please note: we’re unable to keep all individual 2-for-1 garden pages updated, but we will publish the latest details that we have on our weekly updates page from week commencing Monday 8 June, 2020.

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Using your 2-for-1 card at Beth Chatto’s Plants and Gardens

  • One free entry with one full-paying adult
  • Card not valid 1 May-6 Sep or on event days (see website)
  • Before setting off check the garden’s website or call direct, as opening details can vary and one-off restrictions may apply

Opening details:

Open all year, daily, 10am-5pm (4pm Nov-Feb)

Entry prices:

Adults & seniors £8.95, under-16s £2 (reduced rates Nov-Mar)


Parking spaces
Public transport
Access for disabled (full)
Plants / produce for sale
Light refreshment
Hot food
Picnic area

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Clacton Road, Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB – Directions