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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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Refreshments at Hardy Visitor Centre

We enjoyed coffee and cake following a group walk round the woodland paths nearby. Very pleasant experience, the cafe seems well organised and all the food produced in the small... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
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105 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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worcester
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Gave a view of Hardys early life, access is difficult for the less mobile but plans are a foot to solve this as long as they fill in the pot holes.

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

The Hardy Cottage was like a step back in time. The gardens you pass through on the way to the door are very welcoming. The Trust has furnished the cottage with items from the period, as a result you truly get a feeling for what it was like during Hardy's time there. The new Visitor Center was very nice. While... More 

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Cattistock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

if your in Dorchester you must call in here its in a very nice setting and lotts of history if you like that kind of thing or just to go for a walk

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Cromford, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

On a sunny day it's well worth exploring the footpaths in the woodlands next to the property. The cottage must have been a tranquil place to live. As usual, the National Trust guides had lots of interesting anecdotes. Couple this with a visit to his house Max Gate in Dorchester itself after he became well known.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

A beautiful house and great Easter egg trail. The volunteers were very helpful and engaging with our young children, we enjoyed the forest walk to the cottage. Only downside is the car parking, very difficult to get in and out of the small car park.

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Shropshire
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107 reviews 107 reviews
27 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

we visited mid week, and stopped at the new visitor centre first for a lovely bacon roll :) The helpful staff there radioed the staff at the cottage which is a 5 minute walk down a lane to arrange disabled parking for us, which was great as wheelchairs and scooters would not negotiate the lane well. We parked right by... More 

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Bridport
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13 reviews 13 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We enjoyed coffee and cake following a group walk round the woodland paths nearby. Very pleasant experience, the cafe seems well organised and all the food produced in the small preparation area looked really good. There still appears to be work to do on the outside space, but at the moment in front of the centre there is a small... More 

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Somerset
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

this is a charming and delightful addition to the area, Sara and Lydia work extremely hard to present delicious food in a light and airy setting, the cakes are mouthwatering and the lunches excellent and well presented.. We took friends there for my birthday lunch and they have all said how lovely the food was and we will all certainly... More 

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Dorset, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Really interesting to see where the famous man was born. the cottage gives a view of how people must have lived in those days. Lots of interesting bits & pieces to look at. Worth a visit.

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

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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