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Hardy's Cottage

Address: Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8QJ, England
Phone Number: 01305/262366
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Ranked #7 of 34 things to do in Dorchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

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English first
13 reviews 13 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We enjoyed coffee and cake following a group walk round the woodland paths nearby. Very pleasant experience, the cafe seems well organised and all the food produced in the small preparation area looked really good. There still appears to be work to do on the outside space, but at the moment in front of the centre there is a small... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

this is a charming and delightful addition to the area, Sara and Lydia work extremely hard to present delicious food in a light and airy setting, the cakes are mouthwatering and the lunches excellent and well presented.. We took friends there for my birthday lunch and they have all said how lovely the food was and we will all certainly... More 

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Dorset, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Really interesting to see where the famous man was born. the cottage gives a view of how people must have lived in those days. Lots of interesting bits & pieces to look at. Worth a visit.

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Hereford, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Lovely new visitor centre and cafe with friendly and helpful staff. It was difficult to find from the direction we were travelling. We had gone to Kingston Lacy House and gardens(a must do!) and wanted to go to Hardys Cottage on way back. No obvious signs so it took a while to find. I gather that this is not unusual.... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Visited this in October, just opened the new visitor centre which was excellent. facilities well layed out with a cafe serving delicious food. Cottage a short 10-15 minute walk, although small gave you a good idea of what living was like in his time.

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Kingswinford, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

A small cottage,set in a lovely English country garden.Lots of original fixtures and fittings,and personal Hardy paraphernalia.Wonderful

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

After visiting Evershot where Tess was supposed to have lived and seeing Tess Cottage, the church and the Acorn inn, we went to Stinsford church where the Hardy family and Thomas' heart are buried. Strong connections to 'Under the Greenwood Tree'. We then went to the cottage where he grew up. None of the furnishings is original but everything is... More 

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Top Contributor
148 reviews 148 reviews
28 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Being big fans of Thomas Hardy we had to visit the place where he was born. This is a delightful little cottage, not big but you get a real sense of atmosphere. Very knowledgable volunteers.

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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
18 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

You have two ways of getting to the cottage from the small car park (approx 12 cars), a forest walk which is easy to miss, and a dirt track road. We went by the road which is approximately a 1/2 mile walk, walking past the being built visitors centre (should be completed this summer!). So don't yet assume there will... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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109 reviews 109 reviews
64 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This was a nightmare visit. On going down the access road towards the NT car park for the Cottage we were confronted by a huge delivery lorry and several white vans reversing. There is a new cafe and visitor centre being built on the corner of the path and car park.There was no foot path towards the carpark which was... More 

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