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Hardy's Cottage

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History Alive

Had a most interesting visit to Hardy’s birth place. Lovely setting, easy to find. Staff were very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Anne M
Merimbula, Australia
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The cottage is just how you imagined! Set in a small wooded area surrounded by amazing gardens, I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a most interesting visit to Hardy’s birth place. Lovely setting, easy to find. Staff were very informative. Gardens are well kept. Appreciate the authenticity of the property. Well worth a visit.

Thank Anne M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The cottage is just how you imagined! Set in a small wooded area surrounded by amazing gardens, I can just picture Hardy growing up here! The staff have a good knowledge of all things Hardy, so do ask questions. Lovely visitor centre.

Thank maxihines
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have never found a friendlier National Trust venue. The staff were enthusiastic, welcoming and knowledgeable without being overpowering. The furniture was of the period but not Thomas Hardy’s own furniture so you were encouraged to handle objects and open chests and so forth. You...More

Thank Col K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We'd been to Thomas Hardy's main house 'Max Gate', and wanted to also see the cottage where he was born and lived his early years. As cottages go it's actually quite large, and Hardy was born in 1840, and lived there with his parents and...More

Thank aramis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty area, the gardens are beautiful, even in late October. You get allocated a time to go into the house so be prepared to wait about if it’s busy. It works well as it keeps the house itself quiet.

Thank nesamoolian
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting the birthplace of Thomas Hardy is a fascinating experience. The guides are very knowledgeable and can regale you with some interesting stories. Off the beaten track but well worth making the effort.

Thank CrichtonDorset
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Off the beaten track but well worth a visit. Full of interest with very well informed guides. Get here early as gets very busy

Thank John S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A visit to the birthplace of Thomas Hardy entails a 15 minute walk down a country lane from a very impressive visitor centre. Fortunately at the time of our visit to the cottage the weather was cool but dry, I imagine a much less attractive...More

1  Thank Charles B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hardy's Cottage is accessed two ways, direct and through the woods. We went one way and back the other. It is a charming little cottage and it is a good idea to combine a visit here with another NT property

Thank margaret k
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The house is managed by the National Trust very well with timed entry costing £7 per person. There is plenty of parking (a fee applies) with a visitor centre where you buy tickets before walking up the lane or through the woods to reach the...More

2  Thank Jackie_lonsdale
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October 29, 2017|
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Response from Shaun F | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a woodland walk, undulating on a hard surface. There is also a road that runs right by the cottage. The cottage is small and on two floors with no lift.
October 27, 2016|
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Response from Martin S | Property representative |
Reply from Martin Stephen, Visitor Experience Manager for Hardy's Cottage: Hardy's Cottage will be open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through January and February, and 7 days a week from March to October.
Marise H
August 4, 2016|
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Response from Martin S | Property representative |
From Martin Stephen, Visitor Experience Manager for Hardy's Cottage: all admissions for the Cottage are now from the Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre, near the Dorset County Council car park. The visitor centre is a 10... More