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Sculpture by the Lakes

Pallington Lakes, Dorchester DT2 8QU, England
+44 7720 637808
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Ranked #1 of 23 Attractions in Dorchester
Owner description: During our Winter Opening months (1st October to 30 March) entry fee to the Sculpture Park is £5 per person and no need to book. Entry to the... more » Owner description: During our Winter Opening months (1st October to 30 March) entry fee to the Sculpture Park is £5 per person and no need to book. Entry to the Galleries is free. Due to deep water no children under 14 years of age. No dogs. 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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Dorset
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48 reviews 48 reviews
10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

We went here during Dorset Arts Weeks. What a fantastic, amazing place! It was wonderful to wander around, admiring the most incredible sculptures. There were plenty of benches to just sit and soak up the beautiful scenery and the calming effect of the lake. It's the sort of place you could easily spend the whole day, take a picnic and... More

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Beautiful park laid out well inviting you to stroll around at your leisure. The signs to find the gerdens and the entrance stating you'd arrived could be much improved - there are no signs directing from the road and only a small tasteful, sign on the entrance itself. However this is the only criticism. The sculptures are lovely and varied... More

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Devizes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I was told that this was a magical place to visit and we were not disappointed. We look forward to a return visit in the spring. It is a perfect setting for such sculptures and limiting numbers makes it even more appealing. We look forward to seeing different sculptures and pictures in the gallery.

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Bournemouth
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Just had a wonderful visit to these lakes and sculptures absolutely lovely. Just take your lunch and sit and take in the wonderful views.

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Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The sculptures are not to my taste but the location is excellent and if you are on the look out for a large sculpture for the garden this will give you some ideas. A great place to have a picnic too.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful place but I do so hope that the owners consider allowing children under 14 to enjoy and be inspired by it. The ban excludes many families who would really appreciate the natural beauty as an antidote to all the 'plastic noisy' stuff usually considered good for kids. Make it clear to parents they are entirely responsible... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I'm sure the phrase 'balm for the soul' has been used frequently about the superb Sculpture by the Lakes. This was our second visit and it is even more beautiful now, with new sculptures (the figure made out of bronze leaves is stunning), and more mature gardens. We were lucky to have a warm sunny day and so we could... More

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North Lincolnshire
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Beautiful sculptures in a watery semi-natural setting, it was even better than I had anticipated. If you appreciate art and nature then this is an absolute must see. I enjoy photography and the carefully positioned sculptures are great subjects too. Visitor numbers are limited which made the whole experience infinitely more pleasurable and there are plenty of places to sit... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

My son who did an art course really enjoyed the experience as we did. Wonderful spot, sculptures around each corner, not visible until you come upon one. The galleries of work for sale were fascinating so much so that we were tempted to buy one and spent some time thinking about it and how to pay for it. Finishing off... More

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Silsoe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This place is amazing. We came on a lovely sunny day but I think it would still be great to come here at any time. It is a very special place - peaceful but dynamic. The sculptures are beautiful and the landscaping is such a compliment to the art work. I would recommend this place to anyone - there's nowhere... More

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