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Hardy's Cottage

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Address: Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8QJ, England
Phone Number: 01305/262366
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Since some of the negative reveiws were posted, work on the new visitor centre has been completed and a lot of new signage has been put up in the area to improve the visitor... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Since some of the negative reveiws were posted, work on the new visitor centre has been completed and a lot of new signage has been put up in the area to improve the visitor experience. NT and non-NT first time visitors must realise that Hardys Cottage is not a typical NT property. The Trust only owns the cottage and gardens,... More 

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East Sussex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

For Hardy devotees this is a must. The walk through the woods from the carpark really sets the scene and the cottage and garden are delightful.Very knowledgeable interpretive guides

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Very helpful staff. The thatching looked awful and, when we queried, we were told that it has a certain type of moss on it, which is protected...!! How about protecting Hardy's Cottage...? Bit patches of plastering and knocks out of the walls. I know they are trying to keep it natural, but surely a little bit of whitewash wouldn't go... More 

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Galway, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We had a great time here, very interesting and what a beautiful area to enjoy. Really interesting tour and you will not be disappointed.

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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

If you don't have a map with you, you would think they do not want vistors. It did not open until 11.00 the day we went and even though the visitor centre advertises it is open from 10.00 it was still shut when we left at 10.37. And while we're on the subject why is a place like this shut... More 

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Great setting, beautiful walk through the woods to visit it. The room guides are excellent and you get a great insight into Hardy and his upbringing.

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Gloucester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

A weekend in Dorset, I decided to visit Hardy's birthplace. Had to use the SatNav to get there. I'd arrived early and had a lovely breakfast and coffee in the Visitor centre and then had the 10-15 minute walk to the cottage. I'm glad I decided to change my footwear as the path was quite gravelly and slippy in places.... More 

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Delightful little cottage, a 15 minute walk through the unspoilt woods to the property was magical, could imagine, young Hardy spending hours of fun there. Then the cottage itself and its pretty garden was like stepping back in time. Highly recommend.

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

As National Trust members we decided to visit the Cottage where the famous writer Thomas Hardy was born and spent his childhood... There is a Visitor Centre, Toilets and a nice Café (not NT owned) next to the car park and from here you can take a long walk (about 30 minutes) through the woods and past the pond to... More 

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Cheshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Having done some research beforehand we visited when Tim Laycock was doing some storytelling and music sessions in the cottage's front room. Absolutely wonderful. We felt we had stepped back into the past. We are very pleased that the National Trust has kept Hardy's cottage and garden so unspoiled and that the gift shop and cafe are at a distance.... More 

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