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Hardy's Cottage

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Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8QJ, England
+44 1305 262366
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Private Tour Visiting The Life and Times of Thomas Hardy from Weymouth Dorset
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  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
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Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8QJ, England
+44 1305 262366
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is one of my favorite places in Dorset. I love properties that embody the person and Thomas Hardy's Cottage does just that. The cottage is approached down an unmade up road and can be muddy when it rains. It is about 1\2 mile up...More

Thank susan887
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have read any of Hardy's works then this is a must for you. Even if you haven't then to get a sense of the great mans origins which so influenced his work7 is a must. The cottage is reached via a visitors centre...More

Thank garyrowell80
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's like finding Hansel and Gretels cottage in the woods. Really beautiful location. Guides were great and the visitors centre has great cake!

Thank Sharon P
Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice rural setting for this Victorian cottage,lots of things to see and plenty of staff to help. The cafe is very modern and there is a gift shop

Thank 930barriew
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A hidden gem of the national trust, Hardy's cottage is, whilst small, very informative and a must fot any fan of Thomas Hardy's work. The volunteers who work there all appear to be very passionate and can definitely privide you with plenty of information regarding...More

Thank 1_Typical_Tourist_1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great visit to Hardy's cottage on a miserable and wet day, started off with a cream tea in the cafe in the visitor's centre. Despite our party including two students, I was disappointed that there was no concession rate despite the National...More

Thank Pumpkinhead1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I didn't know much about Hardy, but after my visit I knew a lot! We walked to the cottage from Max Gate (helped by Google maps) and enjoyed the first view of the cottage from the hillside above it. A volunteer sat in the first...More

Thank UhlBliss
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an interesting house, but very small and limited visiting as there isn't much to see. The visitors centre had a cafe, but this closes early so if you want to eat or drink you need to be there before 3pm

Thank Des W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A visit enables one to see the source of Hardy's inspiration for describing rural life. An atmospheric property with beautiful gardens.

Thank AlanRug
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on a wet day, so had to miss the gardens, unfortunately. Very warm welcome and a really useful and interesting booklet about Hardy and his house, Max Gate, available to read as you go around, rather than the info placed in each individual room....More

Thank Caroline J
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27 October 2016|
Response from Howlo | Reviewed this property |
I don't think it will be open in February, but I suggest you keep an eye on the National Trust website, this will give you up to date information
Marise H
4 August 2016|
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Response from Poppy R | Reviewed this property |
At the little kiosk on the cottage grounds
21 June 2015|
Response from doddflier640 | Reviewed this property |
The only parking is at the visitors centre. Tickets from meter.