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Hardy's Cottage

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Address: Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8QJ, England
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$98.10*
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Private Tour Visiting The Life and Times of Thomas Hardy from Weymouth Dorset
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Step back in time to this very sweet cottage

Run by the National Trust this dear little cottage is very well presented and really does show an authentic image of times gone by, how Hardy lived. Well worth the visit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
travelinglight2013
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Run by the National Trust this dear little cottage is very well presented and really does show an authentic image of times gone by, how Hardy lived. Well worth the visit.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The walk through the woods to the cottage added something special to this pretty cottage. The guides always have a deep knowledge and it is worth listening to them to pick up the odd nugget of information.

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Thank Outofthelaw
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

The cottage as a picture postcard quality to it, quintessential countryside views. Lovely walks all around the cottage to enjoy too.

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Berkshire UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

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 

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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 

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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.

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Cheltenham
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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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