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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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Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Wonderful atmosphere and sense of place

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

A surprisingly long walk through old woodland to get there, which sets the scene of the novels quite well. Somewhat crowded in the summer with the crowds waiting to climb the narrow staircase to the upper level. Special to be where so many of the core books of English literature were written.

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Visited after reading all Hardy novels. Interesting - but the signage and presentation were amateurish. I was embarrassed that we Brits failed to do better in front of so many foreign visitors.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Interesting visitor centre and a lovely walk through the woods to the site of Thomas Hardy's cottage which is a National Trust property. The guides were helpful and interesting and af=dded to the visit by bringing the property to life with stories about Thomas Hardy and his family. Parking is very limited at the property so try to get there... More 

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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

It's a very modest cottage that offers the firsthand experience of Hardy's surroundings during his childhood and adolescence. Although it's filled mostly with period pieces and not Hardy's possessions, it certainly gives you enough glimpse of what the life there must be like. I recommend the "Hardy walk" around it -- it doesn't take too long (all loops within an... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Following a very pleasant walk through woodland the Cottage is approached from above. The image is very much a 'chocolate box' view. The cottage is well preserved and visiting on July 2015 the cottage garden is ablaze with colour. Inside the cottage is very atmospheric with information from the volunteer attendants and the written information sheets. Certainly a visito is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Just a word for anyone thinking of taking wheelchairs, we took our mum and dad along the accessible route with wheelchair sign. It was gravel, impossible to push wheelchairs and luckily a lady told us to take the car as we still had a long way to go. We finally got them into the garden but house also unsuitable for... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Lovely location and amazing it's survived pretty much in its original condition, new visitors centre and signs make it easy to find now. Downside is that it's increase popularity and small size make it cramped during busy periods.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Excellent.....a real view of how it was. Set in wonderful location. Needs to be seen in conjunction with Max House, Hardy's home for 42 years.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

If you've read Hardy and love his work this is certainly a must. But I can't imagine anyone, even the most ardent Hardy devotee, managing to spend a great deal of time there because there's really not that much to see.

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Additional Information about Hardy's Cottage

Address: Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8QJ, England
Phone Number: 01305/262366
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

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