Coaches & Group Bookings
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, it is strongly advised that you book well in advance and let us know your requirements.
Group & Coach Facilities
- We have coach parking right by the entrance, and a space will be reserved for your coach.
- We have modern toilets including disabled facilities again by the entrance.
- We have a light and spacious Tearoom serving homemade breakfasts, lunches and afternoon tea as well as a tempting range of homemade cakes including selections for special dietary requirements.
Due to our popularity it is advisable to make a group booking well in advance where this is possible.
We're delighted to offer a range of tours to group visitors. Tours are available Monday-Friday. We may be able to accommodate weekend tours in some circumstances
A personalised meet and greet tour carried out by a member of the Beth Chatto team. This tour gives essential points of information, a brief overview of the Gardens and how Beth started the project. The tour lasts around 15 mins and costs just £20 for a group of up to 25 people. Please note: If you would like a tour that covers detailed plant and gardens information, please choose from our packages below
Gravel Garden Tour
A personalised tour carried out by a member of the Beth Chatto team. This tour is an introduction to the history of the garden, a detailed overview of how the world famous gravel garden was developed and why. With a brief look at the contrasting water garden. The tour lasts around 30 mins and costs just £50 for a group of up to 20 people. Please note: If you would like a tour that covering the whole of the garden, please choose from our packages below.
A personalised garden walk with a senior member of the Beth Chatto team. As part of a small group on this special tour, your group will be guided around the Beth Chatto Gardens by a highly knowledgeable member of our team. You will be given an in-depth insight into the philosophy and history of the Beth Chatto Gardens and of Beth Chatto herself. You will be guided through the areas of interest, the planting schemes and the plants in the Gravel Garden, Water Garden, Reservoir Garden, Woodland Garden and the Scree Garden. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and tap into their wealth of gardening knowledge. The tour lasts around 1 hour and costs just £95 for a group of up to 20 people.
Head Gardeners Tour
A personalised garden walk with our Head Gardener. You'll be personally welcomed to the Gardens and invited to enjoy tea and coffee on arrival in our acclaimed Tearoom, or in our outdoor marquee if the weather permits. You will then be joined by our Head Gardener who will take you on a personalised tour of the Beth Chatto Gardens. You will be given an in-depth insight into the philosophy and history of the Beth Chatto Gardens and of Beth Chatto herself. You will be guided through the areas of interest, the planting schemes and the plants in the Gravel Garden, Water Garden, Reservoir Garden, Woodland Garden and the Scree Garden. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the Head Gardener and tap into their wealth of gardening knowledge. The tour lasts around 1-1.5 hours (plus 30 minutes for refreshments) and costs £165 for a group of up to 20 people.
Please ask us about our optional extras such as homemade scones with cream & jam, or freshly made bacon sandwiches.
If your group has an interest in a certain area or plant do let us know, tour guides are very willing to adapt the presentation to your interests
All bookings can be confirmed on receipt of a £50 deposit and receipt of a completed booking form. The deposit is fully refundable if your booking is cancelled a month before your visit. If you are booking for a coach company, please contact us for details on how we can accept your deposit.
Admission fee: April & October: £6.95pp or £6.45pp for groups 25+ May-September: £7.95pp or £7.45pp for groups 25+ November-March: £4.50pp or £4pp for groups 25+
For all group bookings organisers are required to collect entry fees in advance and settle for the entire group to avoid queueing.
A Guide to the Garden is available at £2.95 but if you book this in advance we are offering an all-in price of £9.50 to include admission to the Garden with a Guide Book representing a £1.40 discount.
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 Tearoom is light and airy and overlooks 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.
Although meals and tables cannot be booked in advance please do let us know if your group will be using the Tearoom. We can then ensure we are prepared for the group arrival.
We regret that picknicking is not permitted in the gardens but you are welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the grassed car park if you wish.
We have a very well stocked nursery, with plants propagated from the Beth Chatto Gardens.
If you'd like to take plants home with you, please do ensure you make your purchases well before your departure time to avoid queues and delays.
If you require any other information please do not hesitate to contact the office.