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Sculpture by the Lakes

| Pallington Lakes, Dorchester DT2 8QU, England
+44 7720 637808
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Not dog friendly.

We didn’t actually go in. Put off by the hefty charge and this is not a dog friendly place. Not... read more

Reviewed today
Susan H
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Nice walk, interesting sculptures, pity about the cafe

We first visited midweek in March 2 years ago and were the only visitors. On a Saturday this August... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Soupdragon56
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Beautiful 26 acre Sculpture Park & Gardens, with Gallery cafe. Due to deep water NO CHILDREN UNDER 14 years of age and NO DOGS are allowed. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, hut bookings are from 10am to 4.45pm. Entry is £10 per person. The Gallery Cafe is now open serving tea, coffee, light meals, delicious cakes, cream tea's, ice creams etc., visitors can choose to eat inside, outside (at the newly created seating area), or take it out into the Sculpture Park using one of the picnic baskets provided, complete with rug. Visitors are able to enjoy the Gallery & Gallery Cafe without entry to the Sculpture Park. Described as one of the most beautiful & 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.
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| Pallington Lakes, Dorchester DT2 8QU, England
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Reviewed today via mobile

We didn’t actually go in. Put off by the hefty charge and this is not a dog friendly place. Not even by the cafe. The whole place just looked “pretentious “ - but we didn’t go in. Will look at other reviews and maybe try...More

Thank Susan H
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Reviewed yesterday

We first visited midweek in March 2 years ago and were the only visitors. On a Saturday this August it was much busier and the owners have obviously decided that they need to be more accessible. Gone is the requirement to pre book online, though...More

Thank Soupdragon56
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Reviewed 1 week ago

First went in 2011 when the park first opened. Interested to see how much it had grown and changed. Not disappointed with visit. A few of the original sculptures had gone (roe deer, for example) , but it was good to see new work and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were out on the motorcyle when we spotted the signs for this place. We managed to park the bike on a shaded spot and headed for the Gallery Cafe where we both had a hot drink. Very friendly staff. We then changed out of...More

Thank Linda Z
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this place when it was quite cold and wet underfoot but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Better still was a nice hot cup of tea in the restaurant. The sculptures are magnificent. Well worth a visit.

Thank Patricia S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely place to visit on a nice sunny day. This is a beautiful walk round lakes with interesting sculptures and lots of wildlife. The only thing that put me off was the large pylons nearby. The cafeteria is good but as previously mentioned there...More

1  Thank Lynn W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Look up the sculptures online or look at the ones for sale in the gallery. If you like them, go inside. If you think they're kitschy and simplistic, don't pay ten pounds for the entrance fee.

1  Thank susanned
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in for a walk before we checked into our B&B. We had planned to have lunch in the cafe but despite a large selection of wines to choose from, the food options were limited and a little disappointing. The walk around the lake was...More

1  Thank MildredTheCat
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited today, so pleased we did, what a beautiful place. The sculptures are amazing & to enhance them with such super surroundings is wonderful, spent a pleasant few hours. It was so great to have peace & tranquility with no children & dogs. After completing...More

1  Thank Yummie654
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wasn't quite sure what to expect, but Mum is always up for adventures. The paths round the lake were fairly flat although as a nongenarian she is in the upper quartile. Missed a couple of the turns, you do need to pay attention to the...More

1  Thank grs3101
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Clare M
17 January 2018|
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Dear Clare, I am afraid we do not allow dogs to visit Sculpture by the Lakes as the owners have a number of their own dogs, including three rescues who would be upset by visiting dogs.
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sharngriff
23 April 2017|
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Dear Sharngriff. Admission to the park is £10 a head but it is possible to visit our Gallery Cafe free of charge. We are open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am until 5pm. And just a polite reminder of our strict no children under... More
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LynNottingham
28 March 2017|
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Thank you for your enquiry regarding the amount of walking. The Sculptures are sited around the 26 acres of lakes and garden and whilst some can be easily seen from the Cafe seating area, others are placed further around... More
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