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Address: Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8QJ, England
Phone Number: +44 1305 262366
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Private Tour Visiting The Life and Times of Thomas Hardy from Weymouth Dorset
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Wonderful location

Was advised to take the path through the woods to approach the cottage from the best viewpoint. This was excellent advice as when I saw the cottage for the first time I was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 1, 2016
Daphne E
Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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Berkshire UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I decided to visit this cottage (and Max Gate the other Thomas Hardy property near Dorchester) whilst on a weekend break in Dorset. This cottage (which Thomas Hardy was born in) is very small and quaint and would normally only take about 10 minutes to walk around, however we obviously picked a busy weekend as there were... More 

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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Was advised to take the path through the woods to approach the cottage from the best viewpoint. This was excellent advice as when I saw the cottage for the first time I was thrilled. However the path was quite slippery and needed improved signage to reassure a lone visitor. Guides were very helpful and the interior of the cottage was... More 

Thank Daphne E
United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

We visited at the end of half term in October and it was "Apple Day" so it was very very busy. Visitor centre is something and nothing, the cafe is not NT and there are only 3 loos for everyone so a long queue! The cottage it'self is cute and the helpers are knowledgeable- however they cannot cope on busy... More 

Thank vampireweekend
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

Love rly cottage with great national trust advisors. Visitors centre a little disappointing but food was nice. Car park is a total nightmare very small and cramped with narrow road and cars trying to get in and out. Note this is Not a NT car park.

Thank keith f
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

If you have any interest in English Literature this is well worth a visit. Knowledgeable room guides with interesting displays in all rooms. Low ceilings, with lower door frames!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

A short walk through woodland brings you to Hardy's family cottage, hardly changed it seems since the 1840s, though not with the original furniture. Some might feel it's less authentic for it, but it would be strange if it still contained early pieces, and it does mean that visitors can touch things without worrying about damage. The setting is tranquil... More 

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Ferndown, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

This nice small cottage where Thomas Hardy was born is now run by the National trust. It gives an insight to how people lived then. The staff are very helpful and will answer most questions. There is ample parking but it is about a ten to fifteen minutes walk depending on your mobility.The walk takes you through some beautiful woodland.

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

We visited the cottage which is set in Dorset's countryside, we enjoyed a cuppa at the café on site and then walked to the cottage. Our visit was very much enhanced by one of the National Trust staff. Who sat by an open fire with its warmth and smoke making a super atmosphere and told us a potted history of... More 

Thank Michael P
Hamilton, VA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Hardy's Cottage has seen time and progress grow up around it, but it is still nestled in an unspoiled wooded country setting with gardens and birdsong surrounding it. A large, new, sun filled information centre/tea room is located adjacent to the car park. The cottage itself is a 5-10 minute walk down a gravel lane. The thatched cottage is quite... More 

Thank Rebecca D
Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

We've always wanted to visit this idyllic spot in the forest and despite the awful weather we were charmed by the atmosphere of the cottage and gardens and tranquil surroundings. The cottage and outbuilding offered a real insight in to life during Hardy's childhood and the guide on site and the books in each room helped to make the visit... More 

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