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Hardy's Cottage

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Address: Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8QJ, England
Phone Number: 01305/262366
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Small-Group Tour Visiting The Life and Times of Thomas Hardy from Dorset
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Visit while out for a stroll through the woods

After a nice stroll through the woods it made a very pleasant way to spend an hour or so on a look around the home and garden of Hardy

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Tony G
Weymouth, United Kingdom
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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After a nice stroll through the woods it made a very pleasant way to spend an hour or so on a look around the home and garden of Hardy

Thank Tony G
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A National Trust property, well set up with an initial Gift Shop and café and an excellent selection of Hardy related literature followed by a pathway to the cottage. We had a simple Dorset cream tea which was good. This venue is a must for any fan of Hardy's work. The cottage was born and grew up in this cottage... More 

Thank langman2016
Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the cottage where Hardy was born and the garden is delightful. On a wet September day, it was lovely to be invited in to get warm and dry by the fires. It is a bit of a long walk from the car park especially in inclement weather.

Thank Lizzie071
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was extremely busy to visit in the early afternoon so had to return a few hours later. Small car park but nice walk through the woods to the cottage - alternative road access available. All staff members were very chatty, welcoming and informative. The cottage is small but a lot was learnt by talking to the staff. Thank you... More 

Thank emilymad27
East Yorkshire
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very.atmospheric place to be if you are a Hardy fan. The house he was born in and grew up in and produced some of his most famous work. Set in woodland its a beautiful walk to the cottage if you take that route. Small cottage with timed entry and only limited numbers allowed in at a time. Steep stairs upstairs... More 

Thank LindaEastYorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the birthplace of the writer Thomas Hardy. It is a picture postcard country cottage and is carefully maintained. It gives an insight into how Thomas Hardy and his family lived. The garden is pretty.

Thank Mary R
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Justifiably popular, if you can visit early in the day you'll find more space in the car park and it'll be less crowded in the cottage. The cottage garden is really at its best when all the flowers are in bloom but the cottage itself is very atmospheric whatever time you visit. Guides are really enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about... More 

Thank Bon444
Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the National Trust. They do these things so well. Visiting the cottage where hardy wrote many of his pieces, surrounded by furniture of the period, and curated by extremely knowledgable people. Wonderful. Worth every penny of the entrance fee - or the annual membership fee.

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Reading,Berks, UK
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So while this was a nice and an interesting place to visit I thought the organisation around the cottage left a lot to be desired. So on reflection I decided to mark it down to retain some balance. The "visitors" centre is obviously new, but a missed opportunity to do something really useful and informative. It is nothing more than... More 

2 Thank woodchal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A peaceful location and well maintained. The volunteers,as always with NT, are informative, knowledgeable and interesting. It's easy to see why T.Hardy found it a great place to write. We visited near the end of the day and with less people around it was more enjoyable. The car parking is at the end of the lane where the visitors centre... More 

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