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Poundbury

Dorchester, England
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Ranked #18 of 23 attractions in Dorchester
Type: Neighborhoods
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- Aug 11, 2014
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

It's a bit of a carbuncle (to quote a well known source) but it's contributed to the economic renaissance of Dorchester. I doubt we would have had Brewery Sq without it. A bit like The Prisoner it is an exercise in collectivism versus individualism. Although I keep looking over my should for a large white balloon called Rover to envelop... More

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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166 reviews 166 reviews
55 attraction reviews
258 helpful votes 258 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Have to admit that we wouldn't be really attracted to living in a new town - but we were keen to see one of our future King's pet projects! On the one hand, it is certainly a welcome change from a lot of new build in the UK. The design of some of the properties is appealing - and the... More

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Poundbury really is a lovely place to visit. There's a a park, a garden centre with a great place to eat and some really nice cafes and shops. The problem is it just feels... empty. You feel as if you've walked into toy-town but nobody's there. If Poundbury really had a centre or a community it would be a lovely... More

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Poundbury, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Great experience! Music, kitchen cooking demos, lots of food, near to park with young children's play area, farmers market with some of the best meat ever, near to garden centre and cafés. Not to be missed. If you have not been to see this it is a must do Saturday morning event. The yearly Festival is all day with music... More

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Portland, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

In my view an architectural masterpiecew, though I know it is not everybody's cup of tea. Well laid out, clean and tidy (the residents are very particular about that), with an amazing array of houses and buildings everywhere, but, foir me it hangs together very well. NIce to stop and walk around, as well as a simple drive through -... More

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
32 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

There are no well-priced stores or sandwich shops in the area. It is mostly deserted but maybe that’s a good thing as the people of Poundbury are some of the most obnoxious people ever, which is amusing considering some of the half million pound houses back on to social housing! Having read some other reviews I would have to agree... More

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Orpington, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Weird little place, everything is so convienent but it is very eeary walking round this area. I wouldn't reutrn as it was just too strange but all the same it is a lovely location and very clean

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Epsom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

What a pleasant surprise. From distance looks like Dartmoor prison. Up close it is a delightful, new unspoilt location. Full of charm & class. The garden centre is a diamond in the rough. Beautiful.

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Mandurah, Australia
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286 reviews 286 reviews
47 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Poundbury is Prince Charles' 'baby' and although many architects poo-pooh it, it is beloved by those who live there. Pretty cottages, imposing mansions and gorgeous gardens abound. There is a Poundbury Village stores, a pub, various cafes and restaurants and a small Waitrose supermarket. Doctors, dentists, beauty salons etc so it has everything.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Went to Poundbury after first spotting it on the skyline thinking it was a newly built prison, this was due to the fact from the main road all you see is tall towers and roof tops, but I was pleasantly surprised when we got there. It was a very unusual place with lovely buildings all made to look old yet... More

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