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Hardy's Cottage

Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8QJ, England
01305/262366
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Ranked #8 of 23 Attractions in Dorchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

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
5 helpful votes 5 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
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Shropshire
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27 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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84 reviews 84 reviews
49 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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Empingham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We did a Hardy walk followed by a visit to the cottage. We had gone on the Tuesday to find it not open. To be fair, the web site showed it as closed but there's nothing on the road in or car park to show the opening times and days. We just happened to meet someone else on the way... More

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Congleton
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32 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

A really quaint "chocolate box" looking cottage. It's not a very large place but it was very fascinating to go around each room to visualise how he lived in his early life. Special mention to the National Trust guy who was reciting some extremely interesting stories and information; top stuff! Beware: The car park is a 5\10 minute walk away... More

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Dorset,UK
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

A lovely little cottage, well worth a visit if you're a Hardy fan. The only reason I didn't rate higher was because of the access to the cottage on foot. There are two routes to take, either via a lane or through a wood. I took the route through the wood, and was surprised it wasn't more clearly signposted considering... More

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