Explore the orchards at Hardys Cottage this autumn

The apple are ripening in the orchard around Thomas Hardy's childhood home. Come and explore the grounds and see the trees which provided cider for the adults and tree climbing games for the Hardy children.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Thomas Hardy and his siblings loved climbing the apple trees around their childhood home. In the poem 'Logs on the hearth' he recalls the end of one of favourite trees:

'The fire advances along the log

Of the tree we felled,

Which bloomed and bore striped apples by the peck

Till its last hour of bearing knelled.'

Come and find out more about Hardy's birthplace and boyhood home this autumn.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Hardy's Cottage

Prices

Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £7.70 £7.00
Child £3.90 £3.50
Family £19.30 £17.50
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £5.90
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £3.00

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

The basics

Suitability
Children welcome
Dogs on leads are welcome.
Other
Dogs on leads are welcome in the garden only.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
24 September 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
25 September 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
26 September 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
27 September 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
28 September 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
29 September 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
30 September 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
1 October 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
2 October 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
3 October 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
4 October 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
5 October 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
6 October 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
7 October 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
8 October 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
9 October 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
10 October 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
11 October 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
12 October 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
13 October 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available

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Contact Info

Name
Hardy's Cottage
Email
hardyscottage@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01305 262366

Upcoming events

Explore the orchards at Hardys Cottage this autumn

Mon 24 Sep 2018
11:00-17:00
The apple are ripening in the orchard around Thomas Hardy's childhood home. Come and explore the grounds and see the trees which provided cider for the adults and tree climbing games for the Hardy children.

Celebrating National Poetry Day

Thu 04 Oct 2018
11:00-17:00
National Poetry Day on 4th October will be marked with readings and walks at Thomas Hardy's homes in West Dorset

Hard times and hungry months

Thu 01 Nov 2018
11:00-16:00
During the winter months you can gather around the warm hearth and discover how hard life would have been for Victorian families, with frost in the air and the landscape stripped bare. See nationaltrust/hardyscottage.org.uk for further details

Christmas at Hardy's Cottage

Sat 01 Dec 2018
01:00-01:00
All through December you can enjoy a warm festive welcome. with the cottage decked for Christmas. Come and warm your toes by the open fire. Full details on www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardys-cottage

Winter Words

Sat 08 Dec 2018
12:00-14:00
Join the New Hardy Players as they weave together a verbal anthology of Hardy's favourite wintry words, against the backdrop of his beloved childhood home