Hardy's Cottage

The view across the garden to Hardy's Cottage, the birthplace in 1840 of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy

Important notice -

On Sunday 31 July, we will be using timed tickets. Please go to the Visitor Centre, on arrival, to book a slot. Normal admission charges apply, NT members free. Tickets allocated in person. No tickets available at the cottage.

Evocative cob and thatch cottage - birthplace of Thomas Hardy

Hardy's Cottage

Things to see and do

Hardy's Cottage

What's on

Upcoming events

Feeding the Hardys

Thu 28 Jul 2016
11:00-16:15
Come along to Hardy's Cottage to find out how and what the Hardys ate, in the decade later known as the Hungry Forties, through displays, demonstrations and activities.

Jemima's Cookbook

Fri 29 Jul 2016
11:00-14:00
Join the team at Hardy's Cottage as they attempt to cook the various dishes that Hardy's mother cooked for the young Hardy.

Tuneful stories

Fri 19 Aug 2016
13:00-16:00
Hardy's home come alive with poetry, music and performance as Tim Laycock, performer in residence, explores the writer's interest in women and love.

Apple Day

Sat 29 Oct 2016
11:00-15:00
Join us for a day of orchards, apples and seasonal fun at Hardy's Cottage.
Hardy's Cottage

Eating and shopping

Visitors sitting at a wooden table outside the café at Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre

The café at Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre 

Information about the visitor centre's café, an independent family business using mostly local produce to create the tempting and varied menu.

Hardy's Cottage

Learning

The front of Hardy's Cottage, with the garden in full bloom

Learning at Hardy's Cottage 

Information about the learning opportunities for schools and education groups at Hardy's Cottage.