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Hardy's Cottage

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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  • Excellent54%
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  • Average9%
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“national trust” (66 reviews)
“car park” (81 reviews)
“early life” (12 reviews)
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Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8QJ, England
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+44 1305 262366
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"national trust"
in 66 reviews
"car park"
in 81 reviews
"early life"
in 12 reviews
"nt volunteers"
in 6 reviews
"woodland walk"
in 14 reviews
"lovely woodland"
in 7 reviews
"roman road"
in 7 reviews
"grew up"
in 10 reviews
"hardy fan"
in 23 reviews
"visitor center"
in 5 reviews
"max gate"
in 29 reviews
"madding crowd"
in 17 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 28 reviews
"atmospheric place"
in 5 reviews
"greenwood tree"
in 5 reviews
"open fire"
in 7 reviews
"step back in time"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very rural, lovely cottage and grounds. Staff very knowledgeable and helpful. There are several trails from Visitor Centre to the cottage, all are loose gravel tracks, and hilly, would advice anyone with wheelchair to get advice from staff first, as even the Accessable route is...More

Thank BobH625
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an exceptionally well curated attraction. It’s very size makes it a difficult place to accommodate lots of visitors, but somehow the NT pull it off. True there isn’t a lot of information about Hardy himself, but there are loads of other sources for...More

Thank paulc19642017
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst small and hidden away this is one of my favourite smaller national trust properties! Fabulous woodland walk and path to the heath with plenty of wildlife nearby and one of the most interesting properties I have visited. The staff in the kitchen were spectacular...More

Thank Peter B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I strongly suggest that people visiting independently call ahead of time, to enquire if the attraction expects a tourist couch. Such a flooding spoils the visit. Reason: those guests feel entitled and strong just because their number overwhelms the premises and the staff. Independent travellers...More

1  Thank 88puffin
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The family home of Thomas Hardy is a must for anyone with an interest in the author. A visit first to the home that Hardy built - Max Gate - would be beneficial. For those without an interest in Hardy, a visit to the pretty...More

Thank Robert V
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located in a very rural spot, this cottage built by Thomas Hardy’s (Far from the Madding Crowd etc.) during George III reign, is really cute. Low ceilings, small windows and furnished as it would have been in Hardy’s Victorian times. The BIG difference to other...More

Thank Stan C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Even if you haven’t ever read any of Hardy this is a hidden delight. The visitor centre is very good, we didn’t have time to do the walks but will return to do this another time. The cottage and gardens are really interesting and come...More

Thank Suzanne W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of a pair: you really need to visit Max Gate nearby as well, which is where Hardy spent his later life. In both cases the original furniture was sold off before the property passed into the hands of the NT. Nevertheless, an...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent a lovely afternoon this afternoon at Hardy's Cottage on the edge of Dorchester. Car parking available at £1 for 2 hours (sign does not state free for trust members!) which is sufficient time to enjoy the walk through the woods to the cottage and...More

Thank ClaireWRiley
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thomas Hardy's birthday is a small cottage hidden away in the woods, about a ten minute walk from the car park, but well worth the walk. It looks like something from a fairy story when approaching. The National Trust staff were very helpful, knowledgeable and...More

Thank Eileen P
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ciara10
29 October 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.
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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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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
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