Sculpture by the Lakes, Dorchester

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Must see · Art Gallery · Garden
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 prefectly 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.

Through light-handed management we keep our impact on the natural environment to a minimum, creating dramatic planting rooms and views within that environment to frame sculptures and place them in unexpected settings.

Like all of nature, this is a landscape that is constantly evolving and we are continually experimenting both sculpturally and in our planting and design. Apart from a few more mature trees, we started from scratch only three years ago so many of the trees and shrubs are still very young. We hope you enjoy exploring and although there are paths throughout the park there is no set trail to follow so we encourage you to take your time to search out the hidden gems.
By using our Dorchester driving holiday website, you can arrange your visit to Sculpture by the Lakes and other attractions in Dorchester.
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  • We visited at opening time on a Saturday and were pleased that we got there first thing while it was fairly quiet. This meant we could really enjoy seeing the sculptures, as well as the scenery in...  more »
  • Super gardens, very good organisation, ideal place for a picnic and a little gem in the heart of Dorset. There is just one Achilles heel. While the owners may have the equivalent of a degree in...  more »
  • After having visited the Lakes several times and absolutely loving it. I had planned to visit the Art Gallery for Simon Gudgeon's exhibition this week but due to ill health I could not go. However...  more »
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  • Good place to visit, its nice and quiet as children under 14 its no allow entry there. You have planty to walk around lake and if you want you can rent some of that place for some event.
  • I visited on Monday with a terminally Ill friend of mine and her husband. We had a lovely time but unfortunately struggled really hard at times with the wheelchair. We came across another couple facing the same problem unfortunately. It's a truly beautiful and peaceful place to visit but we didn't get to go around all the grounds because of this problem.we also asked if there was a concession for the disabled but were told in a very pleasant manner that there was not .overall I would recommend but not if you are a wheelchair user .
  • So tranquil and peaceful will be visiting again soon and hopefully many times more.
  • Relaxing, peaceful place. Bit cruel but, no children under 14, hence the peace. 😂😂
  • Amazing place, very relaxing and peaceful. Great setting and brilliant sculptures. Could easily spend a day wandering around or sitting in the various beautiful seating areas

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