The Beth Chatto gardens lie about half a mile east of the Elmstead Market near Colchester. The gardens were started in 1960 by Beth and Andrew Chatto on waste land. Woodland, water, gravel, sun and shade are all used to good effect to grow plants and to provide visitors with a pleasant morning’s stroll. The gardens are closed on Sundays.
On leaving the gardens, take the A133 into Colchester. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit into the town. At the next roundabout, there should be available car-parks near to the town station. Park, and walk north into the town centre, where you will find the Castle Museum.
Colchester Castle Museum provides a detailed picture of some 2000 years of British history. Colchester was Britain’s Roman capital at one stage, and was sacked by Boadicea, It suffered seige in the civil war. Since that time it has been a library, a gaol for witches, and finally a museum. The Castle was constructed on the foundations of the Roman Temple of Claudius.
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