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Address: Dorchester, England
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Is this a film set?

Lovely buildings. Independent shops. Was I tempted in to a cafe?..no. The place was soulless and felt like a film set. There is plenty of building still going on. Maybe in the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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Holiday, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Approximately 400 acres of donated land being used for a social experiment by the Prince of Wales. An admirable premise using real people in real housing (80% owned, 20% rental) with real shops, real schools, real churches, etc. Why not? This model town is named Celebration at Disney World in Florida. Interesting name Poundbury, interesting architecture, but are we sure... More 

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

It's really hard to find your way this appalling laid out estate the so called brain child of HRH WALES. It's architecture is totally out of keeping with it's Dorset location, there's nowhere to park and all the houses are straight on to the roads. The Engine Room cafe at the Garden Centre is nice, if you can get a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Lovely buildings. Independent shops. Was I tempted in to a cafe?..no. The place was soulless and felt like a film set. There is plenty of building still going on. Maybe in the future, the place will have "bedded in". It's worth a visit, just to make your own mind up about the whole idea.

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

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
59 helpful votes 59 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
25 helpful votes 25 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
39 helpful votes 39 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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