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The rural retreat of T. E. Lawrence

'I've a hut in a wood near camp wherein I spend my spare evenings' - the words of the legendary Lawrence of Arabia, about Clouds Hill.

This tiny isolated brick and tile cottage in the heart of Dorset was the peaceful retreat of T. E. Lawrence ('Lawrence of Arabia'). The austere rooms are much as he left them and reflect his complex personality and close links with the Middle East, as detailed in a fascinating exhibition.

Please note: Because the cottage is much as Lawrence left it, there is no electric light and we keep light levels low to protect the original contents. This adds to the authentic experience at the cottage, but some visitors may wish to time their visit to take advantage of the longer, lighter days of summer.

What's on

Lawrence week 11-17 May

A week of events and activities to commemorate the 80th anniversary of T E Lawrence’s death and to celebrate his life. For more information check out this schedule of events.

Easter holidays

Cadbury Easter 2013

Friday 3 - Monday 6 April, 11am-4pm

Join us over the Easter weekend and take part in a fun Cadbury Easter Egg Trail. Discover different nooks and crannies around the hideaway of Lawrence of Arabia.

Volunteers wanted

Leith Hill Place baking volunteers

We're looking for volunteers at Clouds Hill to help with meeting and greeting visitors. If you would like to find out more contact Visitor Services Assistant Alison Gale by email  or call 01929 405616.


Walk the Lawrence of Arabia Trail

View of Clouds Hill from the ridge

View of Clouds Hill from the ridge

Why not try a walk along the Lawrence of Arabia Trail, which takes you through idyllic country lanes and leafy woodlands. This circular trail passes Clouds Hill and has branches to take in Bovington's famous Tank Museum, and the churchyard of St Nicholas' Church in Moreton, Lawrence's final resting place.

Please use one of the walkers' car parks not far from the cottage.

For schools

This Lawrence of Arabia education pack is one of the outcomes of a cross-curricular creative project 'Castles in the Clouds' in 2014. Suitable for Key Stages 2,3 and 4, the activities can be used as individual lessons or could form part of a larger cross curriculum.