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Sculpture by the Lakes

Pallington Lakes, Dorchester DT2 8QU, England
07720 637 808
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Ranked #1 of 21 attractions in Dorchester
Owner description: To visit Sculpture by the Lakes, it is essential to book in advance as we limit the number of daily visitors. Described as one of the most beautiful... more » Owner description: To visit Sculpture by the Lakes, it is essential to book in advance as we limit the number of daily visitors. Described as one of the most beautiful and unique sculpture parks in the United Kingdom, Sculpture by the Lakes marries the soft beauty of nature’s wild river landscape with the more formal presentation of monumental outdoor sculpture. It is that combination of art and landscape that inspires Sculpture by the Lakes. Whether it is work on a monumental scale that relates to its environment, or smaller works, the sculptures of Simon Gudgeon are perfectly placed in the delicately nurtured natural landscape to visually enhance their surroundings.The effect is a balance, a harmony of form and context where the experience is central. Without walls, without interpretation, each person can engage with the art and the ever-changing environment. « less
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We visited this place for the first time today and were not disappointed - totally lived up to all the great reviews. The sculptures were amazing, and we both found particular favourites. There's a great gallery space in a converted barn, filled with smaller of Gudgeon's works, but all the larger sculpture are so wonderfully placed around the really stunning... More

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Amazing place. Take a picnic, camera and prepare to marvel at the most wonderful sculptures set in the countryside. Well worth a visit, this is a hidden gem of Dorset.

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Dorset, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Yet another lovely visit to Sculpture by the Lakes. Unfortunately we were both unwell the day before and didn't expect to make it so just strolled around this time rather than arrive early to bag a picnic spot. But we'll be back later in the year, maybe in a month or two to see the new wildflowers or maybe on... More

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Southbourne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014 via mobile

Took my mum here for Mother's Day. Absolutely magical, quiet, and very meditative. A very unique experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

What a find ! Found the site on internet when looking for places to see in Dorchester.Luckily had a nice day weather wise .Absolutely stunning sculptures around every corner in a simply beautiful ,serene setting.Met on arrival by friendly helpful lady who gave us map of sculptures but we were glad to have printed off the full guide on the... More

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Bridport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We took advantage of the sunny weather to introduce Sculpture by the Lakes to our visiting friends.They were enchanted by the beauty and the freedom to wander whilst making their own interpretation of the sculptures and their positions. We will return in the Summer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

A treasure nestled almost secretly in the beautiful Dorset countryside. A surprise around every corner. Well worth a visit in fact several. If it's art and tranquility you are after then this is the place. We will be returning often. From the moment we arrived we were enveloped by nature, art and space. Incredible place to visit. Highly recommend.

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Truro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I came across Sculpture by the Lakes on-line a couple of days before we visited the area & booked it. We loved it. The winter sun was shining which undoubtedly helped but the quietness and feeling of exclusivity offered by the policy of only admitting a small number of visitors via pre-booking meant a very peaceful & private 2 or... More

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

It was a beautiful spring day made all that more prefect by the wonderful sculpture and the waterside location. A really great day out! With all the work going on in the gardens at the moment it can only get better and better. Eventually the setting will be a masterpiece like the sculptures. Pack a lunch, come early, snag a... More

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Smmerto. england
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The weather forecast was good when we pre-booked, BUT, it was terrible while we were at the park. A lady member of staff made us most welcome when we arrived, and under an umbrella, we made an enjoyable short walk to the sculptures in the proximity of the car park. Our first impressions were excellent, and our decision was to... More

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