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Hardy's Cottage

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A Must See, even if not a lover of literature

Highlight was the National Trust volunteer, sitting in a darkened corner of the cottage, reading of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
ValerieB2424
lived up to expectations

I have been wanting to visit Hardy's birthplace and family home for a long time! I love this place... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8QJ, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highlight was the National Trust volunteer, sitting in a darkened corner of the cottage, reading of Hardy's childhood, development and what led to him becoming a renouned writer. One could almost conjure Hardy and his family to be in that room.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ValerieB2424
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been wanting to visit Hardy's birthplace and family home for a long time! I love this place! Full of atmosphere, thoughtful and well informed room guides as well and a wonderful place to think and imagine.... I wish I lived nearer as this...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Patricia H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely cottage in a beautiful woodland setting. It is well preserved and presented. Although little of the furnishings are original they are of the correct period and give a lovely feel to the cottage. One of the advantages of the furnishings not...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jeffdee
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Looking out the window of the small bedroom where Hardy wrote some of his novels and poetry was amazing. Seeing the modest house where Hardy lived as a child and grown man was inspirational.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ann M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Please be aware if you are a visitor to Hardy’s Cottage and the volunteer staff tell you that you can drive up to the cottage that the lane is not owned by the National Trust and neither are the houses up the lane. Please be...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 10 December 2018

Living for some time in Dorchester now but never had the chance to visit this bit of Dorchester history. It is well kept and the people working there are very enthusiastic. Very interesting place to go.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank peterwillemse1953
Reviewed 30 November 2018

Worth a visit if you have any interest in history, Hardy or just beautiful spots. From the car park and tasty cafe, you reach the cottage via a short wander through the woodland. The cottage and it's very charming garden then appear delightfully through the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Marieka86
Reviewed 6 November 2018 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank annemI662JH
Reviewed 4 November 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank maxihines
Reviewed 4 November 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Col K
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ciara10
29 October 2017|
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Response from 352shaunf | 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.
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Lichlady
27 October 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.
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Marise H
4 August 2016|
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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
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