Beth Chatto's Plants & Gardens

Beth Chatto’s Plants & 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 360 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 garden for shade-lovers.


Important update

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

  • One free entry with one full-paying adult
  • Card not valid 1 May-6 Aug 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 1 Feb-30 Nov 2021, from 15 Feb 2022, Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm (4pm in Feb & Nov)

Entry prices:

Adults & seniors £11.45, children (6-16) £3, (pre-book for reduced rates) - prices vary seasonally, see website for details. Booking advisable – walk-up may also be available


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

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