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Address: Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8QJ, England
Phone Number: 01305/262366
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11:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Bit too far from the madding crowd in a wheelchair!

Lovely place, very evocative and interesting; the two dresses from the recent film especially interesting; usual helpful NT staff. For wheelchair users however, bit of an issue... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Lovely place, very evocative and interesting; the two dresses from the recent film especially interesting; usual helpful NT staff. For wheelchair users however, bit of an issue. It isn't in any way clear that you can take a vehicle to the cottage, and it is quite a slog up the track with a wheelchair. suggest more could be done to... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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184 reviews 184 reviews
122 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

You are just stepping back into days gone by and seeing Dorset as Thomas Hardy would have seen it. The Cottage comes under the Nstional Trust and is therefore free to enter if you are a member otherwise there is a small fee of £7. The garden and house are lovely and at the moment there are is a small... More 

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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
62 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This place had everything you might imagine it would be in your vision. There is a lovely walk through the woods to it and you can visualise his novels stories starting here

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Had a lovely visit to this humble cottage where Thomas hardy was born. The staff were very helpful and very knowledgeable and my wife had a long conversation with them regarding the books that were written there. Well worth a visit.

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Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

A great little piece of historic interest and the National Trust have done their best to make it 'user friendly' by having period furniture pieces simulate what it would have been like in Hardy's day - I even played the violin (which was slightly out of tune but was playable). No original pieces of Hardy's remain here they are in... More 

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South West
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213 reviews 213 reviews
132 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This was the birthplace of Thomas Hardy. It is a charming little cottage. There is a short walk to get to it & a small hill to start from the car park. There is a visitor's centre, nearby, with a cafe, shop & toilets. It is a National Trust property.

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London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
9 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Hardy's Cottage is a lovely little cottage preserved in time and rich in character and history. We had a lovely time there. As we were with our baby and his buggy, we didn't do the woodland walk but I think it would have a been a lovely walk.

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Epsom
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105 reviews 105 reviews
25 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

One of the National Trust's best places. There's a great visitors centre with good food (and a licensed bar), a lovely meandering walk through the forest to get to the cottage - and the cottage itself, which gives a great insight into life 150 years ago. I finally got to see where the chap who wrote the book that I... More 

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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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99 reviews 99 reviews
24 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Very well done – stories being told, and sensitively restored in that it retains so much of the feel and character that must have been in the house those years ago. Not beautified. The garden is very well maintained too and that enhances the feeling of a lived in house.

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Hythe, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Sweet little cottage in a beautiful setting..very welcoming volunteers from National Trust..a lovely woodland walk to get to the cottage or you could take the more direct route from the car park, there is also an excellent visitors centre where we were made welcome..and the most delicious freshly cooked food!

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