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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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Small-Group Tour Visiting The Life and Times of Thomas Hardy from Dorset

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Thomas hardy visit

A very quaint cottage run by National Trust and is as it was when Thomas Hardy lived there. Well worth a visit, nice visitors centre near by with a cafe or you can have a stroll... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A very quaint cottage run by National Trust and is as it was when Thomas Hardy lived there. Well worth a visit, nice visitors centre near by with a cafe or you can have a stroll through Thorncombe Forest.

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you're looking for a place to visit on a cold wet day then perhaps Thomas Hardy's cottage near Bockhampton (Dorchester, Dorset) is the place to while away an hour or so. The place is full of Hardy's life and you're transformed back to a time in the early 1900's when he would sit at his desk and write one... More 

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Wiltshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

National Trust again..hurray. Good car parking but a bit of a walk to the Visitor Centre/Cafe to get timed tickets and from there to the cottage. Lovely garden. Cottage small but very informative volunteers bring it all to life. I sat in a chair (not his) looking out at the view across the garden from where he scribed...great. So pleased... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely thatched cottage and gardens. We visited in tribute to the author and found the cottage staff warm and inviting. We enjoyed lemon and fruit cakes in the visitor center, and then took a pleasantly shaded trail walk to approach the cottage through the woods. Nice afternoon.

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Thank SuzanneSays
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You get a real sense of the early life of Hardy here and how the isolation and struggles of country life shaped so many of his novels, the walls of the cottage seem seeped with his spirit. Of course it is mainly about the star of the family himself but that doesn't mean the rest of the household are left... More 

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Great yarmouth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I would recommend taking the wood path up the hill to the cottage as its by far the better walk its a little bit longer but nice. the cottage and gardens are as it would have been in hardys day we visited on a hot day and all the fires were blazing away staff were very helpful and friendly The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quite small but woodland walks nearby. limited parking so best to avoid peak holiday season. There is a refreshment kiosk near car park.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely place. Lots of history. Timed tickets on a Wednesday. A 10 min walk up hills to get to the cottage but a lovely walk. Tea room st the visitors centre was great too. The staff were very knowledgable and enthusiastic. Worth a visit!

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Enfield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I decided that the woodland path to the house would be drier than the lane. It was - and is the best way to get a first view of the house and garden. Welcoming volunteers made this an interesting and informative visit to a lovely spot.

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The cottage and gardens are so well-cared for. Since my last visit two years ago furniture and other things have been added which brings it to life more. Not to be missed when in Dorset,

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