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Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve

DT5 1BW, England
+44 1305 264620
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Great find

Stumbled across this place while staying across the road at the Heights Hotel. The talent of those... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Vintagebird1961
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Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom
Nice walk

Was a nice walk although be prepared if you have hay-fever! Some good sculptures although took us a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Emily M
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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 4 days ago

Stumbled across this place while staying across the road at the Heights Hotel. The talent of those who made this sculptures was quite amazing.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was a nice walk although be prepared if you have hay-fever! Some good sculptures although took us a while to find them...

Thank Emily M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a calm at your pace walk. A new sculpture around every corner. Take the children on a scavenger hunt.

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Patrick_Jefferies, volunteer at Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for you review and I do hope it is the first of many.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I gather that this sculpture park could easily be missed by SWCP walkers too focused on completing the path round the island, but a recent landfall has led to the path being diverted straight through it. There are so me very interesting sculptures to see,...More

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Patrick_Jefferies, volunteer at Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for you review and I am chuffed you enjoyed your time at Tout quarry, we are always striving for better signage and continue to improve peoples visits.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Every time I visit I see stone carvings I've missed before. A great place to visit at your leisure. The carvings are stunning and yin really have to look out for some of them. When you want a break from it you can just sit...More

Thank Paul G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Part of a stunning walk over the cliff tops from the Bill to the Quarry. Mostly on the flat some up and downs. nice surface of Portland stone

Thank Andrew P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Called in here today on our way to Portland Bill and we were so pleased we did. This really is a unique place where we thoroughly enjoyed walking through the roughly landscaped old quarry. Whilst the sculptures are interesting the views really do take your...More

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Patrick_Jefferies, volunteer at Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Gail, So gald you enjoyed your visit and took time to share you thoughts, I do hope it is the first of many.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This old quarry was right next to our hotel (The Heights) so I went for a stroll late one hot afternoon. It was interesting simply as an abandoned quarry. We have all seen buildings constructed from Portland stone (Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral) so it...More

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Patrick_Jefferies, Dorset Wildlife Trust Volunteer at Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for you review and so glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 11 April 2018

We were walking the coastal path and I had made a not to stop here. The quarry is site is much larger than the Sculpture park and it took us some time to find it. When approaching from the expected direction there are good signs...More

Thank Dave C
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

Watch your feet - the place is heavily used by dog walkers. Apart from that this is a great place to visit for a walk around, explore the plant, bird and insect life and enjoy the sculptures.

Thank Fred G
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loxley108
26 July 2016|
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Response from Patrick_Jefferies | Property representative |
Nearest postcode is DT5 2LN
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briansweetman2
13 June 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
12 April 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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