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Hardy's Cottage

Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8QJ, England
01305/262366
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Ranked #7 of 21 attractions in Dorchester
Type: Historic Sites
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El Portal, CA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

A visit to the cottage where Hardy lived as a young person is truly like going back in time---it does give you insight into many of his writings. The National Trust staff people there are very helpful and friendly, too. We truly enjoyed our visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
11 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Thomas Hardy was born in this cottage in 1840,it was built by his grandfather and hasn't changed much since the family left.Hardy wrote several poems and novels here including 'Under The Greenwood Tree' and 'Far From The Madding Crowd'.The gardens are typical English cottage style and overlook the beautiful Thorncombe Woods which are well worth spending time walking through.We visited... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

It's a lovely cottage, well maintained and with helpful, enthusiastic volunteers. It's a bit of a trek from the car park and the terrain is a bit bumpy so be prepared. There was also a lack of refreshment facilities, the ticket booth had run out of the few things it had offered. Worth a visit and not just for the... More

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London
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20 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

From the car park, walk through the woods (as opposed to along the lane) to this charming cottage. It gives you a real idea of what life must have been like for people 100-150 years ago. The cottage interior is cramped and sparsely furnished, and must have been freezing in winter! Outside there are some pleasant gardens and an orchard... More

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Stuart, FL
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61 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Thomas Hardy is my favorite British author, so I may be biased, but I felt it was so worthwhile seeing where he got his start. More so than most other authors' childhood homes, this one really gave me a feel for who he is. He grew up in the cottage his grandfather built, his grandmother lived with the family after... More

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Sheffield
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69 reviews 69 reviews
30 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Lovely old cottage in a nice garden. Hardy lived here till he was 34. Lots of history and good walks around. He started his writing here and it's very near Dorchester. Well worth a visit.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

This thatched cottage is located in the woods after a short walk from the road one encounters a scene filled with flowers and the cottage in the background. The spare bedrooms of Thomas and his siblings and the simple common rooms illustrate what life was like in the 19th century home.

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Colyford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Charming and evocative of the time. Also picked some lovely blackcurrants! While we were there we were lucky enough to listen to a performer singing and telling stories, he was excellent.

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Wareham, United Kingdom
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97 reviews 97 reviews
24 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

This delightful little cottage in a woodland setting is well worth a visit when in Dorset.Very little has changed inside the cottage,although outside where there is now a nice garden a builders yard would have been.The experience of the cottage visit was enhanced by the appearance of Tim Laycock a storyteller,actor and musician who read some of "Under the Greenwood... More

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Nottingham, UK
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59 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

The cottage is delightful and well presented (though in reality there is not that much to see, as it's not that big!). The staff were very friendly. Walking through the woods beats walking up the lane!

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