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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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A must see for the Hardy fan

The cottage is well maintained, reflecting the period when Hardy lived there. The NT staff are very knowledgeable, and the gardens are kept superbly. Parking a bit of an issue for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

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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Leighton Buzzard
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

The cottage is well maintained, reflecting the period when Hardy lived there. The NT staff are very knowledgeable, and the gardens are kept superbly. Parking a bit of an issue for the infirm, I think, but the staff are helpful with any problems.

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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

If visiting be prepared for an uneven walk through woods, quite a distance if you are infirm or pushing a pushchair. Quaint little cottage with a beautiful garden but I found it quite hard to see some parts of house due to number of visitors in such a small area. Lovely new Visitors Centre near the car park but the... More 

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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is a real old worldly cottage which is truly authentic and really brings to life as it was in those days. Actually I don't think they have touched it. Mind the low ceilings!!! It is set in a lovely garden and the flowers and shrubs are semi wild. Only down is that it is quite a trek from the... More 

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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This was a wonderful drive through the country; however when we got there we learned that it was not open. We were very sad.

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Frome, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

A bit of a trek up through the woods abut well worth it when you get to the cottage. Encouraged to interact and no roped off areas. Beautiful cottage garden. Nice tea room serving good food. Free car park nearby and woodland walks.

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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Thomas Hardy's Cottage is absolutly gorgeous, You really get a feel for how it was when he was born. Beautiful setting. The cottage itself is very quaint and has stairs. Lots of information and lovely books that tell the story of his life. The walk through the woods is also lovely. From the Carpark there is quite a walk to... More 

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

A visit to this delightful cottage helps to bring Hardy's novels to life to an even greater extent. An excellent visit!

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Reading, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

It's quite a walk from the small car park to the cottage if walking is difficult for you but just take your time and enjoy the peaceful countryside still evocative of Hardy's time.If you enjoy a good walk there are paths of varying difficulty through the surrounding woodland. The new visitor centre is both interesting and informative with the welcome... More 

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

After wishing to do so for some time we finally got to visit and are glad we did. Extremely interesting and well presented.

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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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