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Address: Dorchester, England
Phone Number: +44 1305 257250

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HRH Prince Charles's "vision" replicating an old English village.

Poundbury sprawls out from the suburbs of Dorchester, (County town of Dorset). "Poundbury Village" is the result of HRH Prince Charles's ideas about architecture & urban planning... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Gregory O
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219 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Poundbury sprawls out from the suburbs of Dorchester, (County town of Dorset). "Poundbury Village" is the result of HRH Prince Charles's ideas about architecture & urban planning & his idea replicates an old English village where much local material such as slate & stone are used. With several phases of this "village" now complete & more building work ongoing, my... More 

2 Thank Gregory O
Bath, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Originality and built for those wanting to enjoy the living environment experience of living in a communal society. Friendly, interesting and well worth a visit, quite wonderful for those wanting something quite different, friendly environment in a small town that cares. Lots of quality independent retailers, places to see, places to eat, places to relax and all within the closeness... More 

Thank rkyme
Isle of Portland, United Kingdom
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161 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

Poundbury, on the outskirts of Dorchester is growing rapidly and what started off as a classy extension to the county town is now really a town in its own rights. Run by the Duchy of Cornwall, the architecture and area are strictly controlled as to what is allowed. Even though I am not an architect I can very much appreciate... More 

Thank Keith B
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

This development is terrible, not in keeping of our historic county town. It is dangerous to drive around as there are no white lines or guide to right of way. The new queen mother square is surrounded by over priced apartments that only well off imports from London could afford, with parking for the shops and pub, when it opens... More 

6 Thank DorchesterMurphy
London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Yes it may be modern but you can tell that lots of thought has gone into the structure of Poundbury and the buildings therein, far better this that tall blocks of ugly flats or shardesque type buildings. Odd certainly and unique definitely - and unfortunately so I think. Agree the new square does look like a film set but that... More 

Thank SusanS231
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

Well worth visiting to get an insight into Prince Charles's "grand plan" - So interesting to see the mixture of social housing, chic homes, factories etc also the innovative approach to utilities in common channels etc..

Thank Rob S
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135 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

Its lovely to see a town not overun with signs,red lin s and pay parking Needs more shops Fish/chip place would be good

2 Thank clivebear
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

The range of architecture is extraordinary from very traditional houses and courtyards to fantasy buildings in the main square. Nothing is regular in shape so the eye is always interested in what is round the next corner. The pubs and coffee shops have a cosy friendly atmosphere, belying there newness.

Thank jacqueline p
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

I constantly read that Poundbury is a ghost town, with empty streets and no one to be seen ! I am fortunate to live in Poundbury and our street is always busy, as are other areas offering shops and other businesses. Other more residential streets may not be busy - like any other residential street in Dorchester or other towns.... More 

Thank Sy M
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139 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

This has got to be one of the strangest towns in the UK. Prince Charles pet architecture come sociological experiment, it feels like you have driven onto a film set at Universal Studios, or an episode of the Avengers when the village seems to be deserted and the people you fro find out turn out to be robots, or humans... More 

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