Planning a visit

to The Beth Chatto Gardens

The Gardens are now closed due to Covid-19. The online nursery is open for home delivery of plants 

Please note:

We are experiencing an unprecedented demand at the moment and are accepting orders and dispatching them as soon as we can. Please be aware that this can take up to two weeks. If you have queries regarding your order or an order enquiry, please email for the fastest, most efficient response.

Unfortunately we can't offer collection from the nursery at this time and continue to work closely with our couriers to send out plants as quickly as possible. If there is a delay with your order, we will look after your plants carefully until we can safely send them out to you.

Thank you for your understanding during this unusual time.




We find that the average visitor will stay four hours at the Gardens. Beth's is a garden for plant lovers and while it's not the biggest, at around 7 acres, it is beautiful. The focus is on Beth's mantra: 'Right plant for the right place'. A visit tends to include the Gardens, Nursery, Gift shop and often a stop off in the Tearoom.


Opening Times

We are open every day of the year apart from between Christmas and New Year.

1 Mar - 31 Oct: Mon-Sun 10-5pm

1 Nov - 29 Feb: Mon-Sun 10-4pm

Admission 2020

MARCH 2020 - FREE admission

February £4.95 per adult  £1 per child

March & November £6.95 per adult   £1.50 per child

April - October £8.95 per adult  £2 per child

December & January Free admission - please note some areas of the garden may not be accessible due to maintenance during these months.

1 carer goes free with disabled badge holder.

Sorry, no concessions. 


A Friend of the Garden membership (from just £25) allows you year-round access to the Gardens during opening hours and free entry for up to 3 children including the Wildlife Fair, Summer Trail, Pumpkin & Easter Hunts

Car parking is free with space for coaches and disabled drivers.

Assistance dogs only. We recommend leaving dogs at home as our car park is very open with no shaded areas. 

RHS members enjoy free access to the gardens from November through to March.

Gardeners World 2 for 1 valid only 7th September 2019 - 30th April 2020

Tearoom Please note, Lunches served up to 3pm in Summer and 2.30pm in Winter. Cakes & Light refreshments last orders at the Tearoom are 4.30pm in Summer, and 3.30pm in Winter.

Garden entrance
Opening Hours
March-October 10am to 5pm (Sunday 10am to 5pm)
November-February 10am to 4pm
Tearoom Opening Hours
March-October 10am to 5pm (Sunday 10am to 4pm)
November-February 10am to 4pm
How to find us Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
By Bus

Colchester Bus Station is to the east of Colchester in Osborne Street and Stanwell Street. From the High Street turn right down Queen Street opposite Colchester Castle, then bear right at the bottom of Queen Street into Osborne Street. The bus station is on the left.          

There are a number of travel companies operating buses that stop at Elmstead Market so we recommend checking the 'Bus Times' website before travelling.  Please see the links below for each service: 

By Train

Colchester has two train stations, North Station and Colchester Town.  Colchester Town station is in the centre of town and near the bus station.  North Station is over a mile north of the town centre and would require another bus to reach the town centre but does have a taxi rank just outside if you would prefer to continue your journey by car. Regular trains to North  Station run from London Liverpool Street, Ipswich, Clacton on Sea and Norwich. Trains to Colchester Town are less frequent and may require you to change at North Station. Journey time to Colchester Town from London Liverpool Street is approximately 90 minutes.

By Bike

Why not pop in by bike, and enjoy a snack in our Tea Rooms. The Beth Chatto Gardens can be reached from several bicycles routes. The closest is a route published by Visit Essex and can be viewed here. Route 4 "Cultural Sites and Constable Country" is the map that has our location. The route takes you around some of the countryside encircling Colchester and is roughly ten miles long. We can be found in the bottom right hand side of the map marked as attraction 14. If you would like to hire a bike for your visit to the area, whether you are a resident or a holiday maker, bikes can be hired from The Outdoor Hire Centre including tandems, childrens bikes and bikes with picnic equipment!

By Taxi

There is a taxi rank outside North Station (please note not outside Colchester Town station) and one on Colchester High Street. Local taxi companies include:

  • Five Sevens: 01206 577777
  • Hawaii 5-0: 01206 543210
  • Panther Cabs: 01206 525525

Please note we do not endorse these companies and cannot guarantee their cost or level of service. For your return journey staff in the shop will be happy to call a taxi company for you.