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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: Due to deep water no children under 14 years of age. Described as one of the most beautiful and unique sculpture parks in the United Kingdom,... more » Owner description: Due to deep water no children under 14 years of age. 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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Osnabruck, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Exceptional sculptures of a fantastic artist in a beautiful quiet place! It was a great pleasure walking around the lakes, between trees and lovely flowers and there are seats or benches everywhere to rest! Our whole family has enjoyed it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Beautiful sculptures set in tranquil and peaceful scenery. Due to limited numbers being admitted at any one time we hardly saw another person during the whole three hours that we were there. It is a wonderful setting for picnics with art always in view. Would definitely recommend and will visit again as seasons change. So wish we could afford the... More

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Gosport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

A visit to the Sculpture by the Lakes is a welcome respite from the outside world; it is the perfect place to relax and refresh your soul. Not only are the sculptures beautiful in form, they are in a wonderful setting, with the gardens and lakes acting as a perfect backdrop. As a photographer, my only wish is if there... More

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Sherborne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This was a joy because i could get away from the overheard conversations of others etc that one inevitably encounters on outings. I THINK IT A GREAT IDEA TO LIMIT THE NUMBERS. The sensory experience is what I enjoyed. The sound of wind in reeds and trees and the bird calls. One can see it is a place geared to... More

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London, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

It was not what we expected. Sculptures were impressive, but too many similar. But what a delightful place to have a romantic picnic, at one of the discrete tables. Gardens very natural. Would not visit again.

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Sherborne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Have visited here twice now in the space of as many weeks and have concluded that I could quite easily become obsessed with this lovely place. If you are writer, take a notebook. If you are an artist, take a sketchbook. If you are reader take a book. If you are dreamer, then take nothing except your imagination and soak... More

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Launceston, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Was really looking forward to seeing this, found it somewhat disappointing. The sculptures were too similar, and lacked variety. Some of the walking areas were untidy and unkempt. Not what you would expect for beautiful gardens. One or two features were nice but not outstanding.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Such a wonderful place,both myself and husband enjoyed it,so peacful and relaxing, love the sculptures, will definitely be going again.

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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We had a beautiful sunny day - the walks around the lake with the stunning sculptures so perfectly placed were just perfect. Plenty of picnic tables and secluded seating nooks so I would definitely recommend eating out there. The gardens were skilfully planted and interesting and the whole experience was just so relaxing - you could feel the peace! It... More

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

This visit was far more special than initially expected. The grounds, gardens and lakes are great the art work is sensational out of this world. Its like a little planet all of its own the only thing we didnt do was take a picnic highly recommended a 2nd visit will definately be on the cards

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