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Address: Dorchester, England
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An interesting area

At first glance you could be in a nice Georgian market town. However this is a Prince Charles inspired model village. It contains every touch but I am left with a feeling of... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

My son and his fiancee have just moved to Poundbury and we visited last weekend. I loved the place. It's seemingly very new, although it's been around longer than we think but I felt it had character. I've seen some negative reviews of the town but personally I thought it was amazing. The buildings are beautiful and whilst I agree... More 

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Amersham, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
15 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Prince Charles has done much of controversy, and Poundbury will not please everyone. A mix of architectural styles all juxtaposed and yet seeming to gel very well. Unfortunately even after 20 years there is still a huge amount of construction still going on, but the parts that have been there for 2 decades are now looking mature and weathered nicely.

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

At first glance you could be in a nice Georgian market town. However this is a Prince Charles inspired model village. It contains every touch but I am left with a feeling of artificiality, like a big model village where people actually live.

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Where is everybody? It's a Saturday over the Easter weekend. There's no one around. Dropped in as passing through the area. It's an interesting concept, but to be honest looks like a North Korean model settlement. Identical rows of houses with no atmosphere at all; attractive buildings, but all a bit superficial and actually slightly cheap looking when you get... More 

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I feel Poundbury has received bad press in the main. True it is unique; a concept by the Prince of Wales who is trying to recreate the community. Poundbury can feel strange if you visit during normal working hours as most of its residents are not at home but at work but go at a weekend and there are plenty... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
13 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Poundbury is a social and architectural experiment on a very large scale, planned in the 1980s and started in the 1993 on the initiative of Prince Charles and it's still growing. It was intended as an urban (as opposed to a suburban) development - therefore it's more densely populated than a suburb - but the overall impression is of a... More 

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Bridport, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Does any really live here and if they do WHY!! I have never seen anyone walking about, the shops are empty. The building work never shows any sign of ending. Horrible sterile place with awful architecture. I agree with previous comment that all it needs is a large white ball bouncing down the empty streets (Google The Prisoner if you... More 

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London
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259 reviews 259 reviews
41 attraction reviews
265 helpful votes 265 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Came here to show a date yesterday! I have a real passion for architecture and this development, on the outskirts of Dorchester, is a real eye opener. Although most modernist architects see it as a pastiche aberration, I like it for what it is - an attmept to recreate an 18th century townscape, fit for modern day living. It certainly... More 

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Too many houses/appts close together,no signage to inform visitors where the places to eat are,you have to drive around and look ,which I find very irritating,and it causes traffic problems if you are trying to look and drive.I understand it is a ruling of Prince Charles but VERY hard to comprehend.I found the Picture House Cafe and can thoroughly recommend... More 

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This is Prince Charles wonderful village, it is worth a morning out if you are in Dorchester Dorset, to look around at the wonderful building architecture . It has so many different styles homes & apartments to look at. It is well serviced with coffee house that also serve great home cooked produce . "The Gallery on the Square "is... More 

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