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Max Gate

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Loved the pamphlet

Parking was difficult, there's no car park and we had to go some way down the road and leave the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
A wonderful, rewarding trip

My other half and I walked to Max Gate from central Dorchester which takes the best part of 20-30... read more

Reviewed August 5, 2019
Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Parking was difficult, there's no car park and we had to go some way down the road and leave the car before walking back to the house. The house itself is very quirky and it was really interesting to understand how it grew and developed...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed August 5, 2019 via mobile

My other half and I walked to Max Gate from central Dorchester which takes the best part of 20-30 minutes. While it is not particularly signposted for people on foot it can be found with relative ease. The staff and volunteers were wonderful and really...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed July 30, 2019 via mobile

If you have been to the Cottage where Thomas Hardy was born the life story goes on here to cover his later life and his death. This place clearly became a really important place for Victorians to visit so they could meet with the famous...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 23, 2019

Parking is on the road. It does not take very long to go around this building but will take you quite a while to read the free booklet giving an overview of Hardy's life. Tea is in the kitchen on an honesty basis. Tea, coffee,...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 16, 2019

Visited this National Trust property which is a bit tucked away. The property does not have a car park but there is parking in the road nearby. The gardens are beautiful and very well tended. The house is typically Victorian, a bit dark inside, but...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 7, 2019

Max Gate is a beautiful old house. The National Trust guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. We were allowed to sit on some of the furniture to read the house guides, which was nice. Lovely gardens, and you could have helped yourself to a drink....More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 7, 2019 via mobile

I have visited numerous National Trust properties but this is by far the quirkiest and best. It is not a grand house but, as soon as you are greeted by the marvellous and friendly staff and volunteers, you start to feel as if Thomas Hardy...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank morlandmonk
Reviewed July 6, 2019

We visited several National Trust properties during our recent holiday to Dorset and all of them were interesting, but Max Gate topped the lot. Make sure you go and see Hardy's Cottage about three miles away first, where he was born and spent his early...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Phil T
Reviewed June 29, 2019

Great place to visit. It has been kept as it was when Hardy lived here. Good pamphlets and information and place not too precious so you can handle books etc. Lovely garden.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank katdSurrey
Reviewed June 8, 2019

A really homely house, where you are not afraid to touch things, sit in the chairs and make your own cup of tea in the kitchen. Be sure to check the pet cemetery in the grounds/

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kath A
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Response from DazzaPFC | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Yes it is definitely dog friendly, but they will have to stay in the gardens. Our two rescues, Nelson & Emma, had a lovely time there. My wife and I viewed the house separately while the other looked after the pooches... More