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Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve

DT5 1BW, England
+44 1305 264620
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Great for exploring

We stayed in the Heights Hotel across the road and this place was a trip advisor recommendation... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JustinDavis2014
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Bath, United Kingdom
Interesting place to visit whilst in Portland

Tout quarry is difficult to find but once we got there we enjoyed our visit very much. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
sarah f
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Radstock, United Kingdom
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An abandoned stone quarry which has now been turned into a nature reserve and stone sculpture park. The remnants of the quarry's limestone has been used to create sculptures within the quarry. The site has been left to regenerate naturally, with control of invasive scrub forming the main management. Tout Quarry is a creative and educational resource for visitors, schools and universities who come to learn about wildlife and stone heritage through Dorset Wildlife Trust and the Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust. Over the past two years DWT has removed a huge percentage of cotoneaster and thus allowed many native plants and flowers to prosper. UPDATE You may notice some work being done at the North East end of the quarry,a quote from our Warden "At present if you go through that entrance you will follow the path up to a level compacted stone circle. The circle once finished will have 10 'Memory stones' in a sort of sun dial shape. Each stone will be hand carved in situ, incorporating a different Portland theme. For instance one stone will have wildlife carvings, another heritage etc. The stones will also reflect light in different directions."
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in the Heights Hotel across the road and this place was a trip advisor recommendation. Essentially it's an old quarry full of massive rocks, a maze of little footpaths, hills, caves and general weirdness. BUT every now and then you stumble across an...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tout quarry is difficult to find but once we got there we enjoyed our visit very much. The sculptures are very unique and if you wander to the coastal path you get great views too. We got a little lost and ended up missing some...More

Thank sarah f
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Reviewed January 4, 2018

Bit hard to find, but our sat nav found it, free car park too. There are a number of maps around the park, but it is very easy to go off the main track, although very worth it. Some great sculptures all over the park....More

Thank Dave W
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Patrick_Jefferies, Dorset Wildlife Trust Volunteer at Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2018

Many thanks for your review Dave and I hope you will visit again when the site is in the throws of summer.

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Reviewed November 20, 2017 via mobile

Hard to find as you have to drive through a industrial estate but once there it is very cool. Lots to see and lots of path ways to follow.

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Patrick_Jefferies, Volunteer at Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2017

Thank you for your review, I will pass on you difficulty and see if we can improve the situation.

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Reviewed November 6, 2017

Firstly, the small sign that should have indicated where the quarry is had been rotated to point in the wrong direction. Check on google maps before leaving home. Being located almost on the coastal path you can benefit from a duel day out, the sea...More

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Pat J, DWT Volunteer at Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2017

Thank you for visiting Tout quarry and rest assured we are doing all we can to get the minority of dog owners spoiling the area to change their ways. Definitely please visit in the summer and enjoy all the views plus the lizards, birds and...More

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Reviewed November 1, 2017 via mobile

An interesting wander around and something different to do with the dogs. Not the easiest to navigate with a baby strapped to your front - you’d probably have a better experience if you’re more able to climb. The sculptures however were great and can see...More

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Patrick_Jefferies, DWT Volunteer at Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2017

Thank you for your views Gemma, I will pass on all concerns regarding litter.

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Reviewed November 1, 2017

We spent a little while driving around to find this - the entrance is not well signposted but we got there in the end! It is an interesting place to while away an hour or two - depends how far you want to walk -...More

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Reviewed October 31, 2017

wonderful, free, can spend hours here. kids loved clambering, great place for a picnic, don't miss it

Thank Toby B
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Reviewed October 30, 2017 via mobile

We stopped to look at a strange Stonehenge style construction, admire the views by the Olympic rings and discovered this Sculpture park that I must have driven past countless times. Entrance is free. Parking is free (I think) The views are great and we found...More

Thank Zac G
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Reviewed October 29, 2017 via mobile

Kids love walking round and searching for sculptures. Great views on coastal path and good for a few hours of free entertainment.

Thank lilyelenacasy
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loxley108
July 26, 2016|
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Response from Patrick_Jefferies | Property representative |
Nearest postcode is DT5 2LN
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briansweetman2
June 13, 2016|
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Response from Patrick_Jefferies | Property representative |
Hi, It is suitable for dogs but be aware if you are taking them near the cliffs and remove dog dirt, There is a track that runs through the heart of the quarry and I have seen buggies on there but may be hard work.
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DameScott
April 12, 2015|
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Response from Patrick_Jefferies | Property representative |
Yes dogs are often walked there as long as dog mess is picked up and disposed of properly they are more than welcome.
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