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Hardy's Cottage

Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8QJ, England
01305/262366
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Ranked #7 of 23 attractions in Dorchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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English first
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The walk through the woods feels a long way because you're not sure where you're going but it is only a few minutes. It's worth it for the first glimpse - a traditional thatched cottage with smoke curling from its chimney set in a forest glade. The furnishings are not original Hardy but have been carefully collected to reflect a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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85 reviews 85 reviews
47 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A lovely old cottage set in a magical cottage garden. quite small and doesn't take long to get around. National Trust.

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dorset
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Small cottage, lovely garden and walk through the woods to get their and see the roman road. Beware of the steps from Granny's bedroom though they are more like a loft ladder

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western new york
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

While a bit hard to find, rewards await those who make their way to this cottage doorway. The staff are exceptional in their friendly and knowledgable interpretation of the site. The know the history and literature and they do an excellent job of welcoming and informing the visitors.

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Manhattan Beach, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Thomas Hardy's birthplace is truly lovely. Unfortunately it is going through a lot of renovation ( as of mid June). The roof is being re-thatched which is a good thing, very interesting. But there is lots of work going on at what is now a visitor center, parking spaces being created, cementing being done, all pretty disruptive and much different... More

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Devon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

A fascinating olde worlde cottage in a country setting. I recommend you approach it from the 1/2 mile walk through the woods from the car park. You will be rewarded by the site of the charming cottage from a distance as you come out of the woods. You don't need to be a Hardy fan to enjoy this attraction, although... More

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Really worth a visit. Lots of artefacts from area rich in history. Also have exhibitions that are worth checking out and some kids holidays activities.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

It was lovely to see this int he summer as not only is the cottage lovely but the gardens were stunning.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I visit here every time in Dorset and always enjoy a look around. This time was even better though as they had a local historian in period dress reading from Hardy's books, poetry and playing traditional songs on flute and squeeze box from that era. With a real fire going and the cat asleep on the bed upstairs it was... More

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North Walsham
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51 reviews 51 reviews
37 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

It is difficult to escape Thomas Hardy if you are visiting Dorchester. (Not that you would necessarily wish to do so.) There are Thomas Hardy tea rooms, Thomas Hardy pubs, and quite possibly Thomas Hardy conveniences at every street corner. The town museum features a reconstruction of his study, complete with the original rickety old table at which he wrote... More

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