Hardy's Cottage

Evocative cob and thatch cottage - birthplace of Thomas Hardy

A sea of bluebells under the trees in Hardy's Cottage orchard

Conserving bluebells at Hardy's Cottage 

Essential work is being carried out this spring to conserve the native English bluebell in the orchards of Hardy's Cottage.

Hardy's Cottage

What's on

Upcoming events

Hard times and hungry months: The frugal cook

Thu 21 Feb 2019
With little food available in winter, families relied on preserves from the summer harvest and whatever would grow in the garden. Sample Victorian recipes made from the most basic ingredients. You may find carrot jam to be surprisingly tasty...

Hard times and hungry months: folksongs and stories

Fri 22 Feb 2019
Tim Laycock weaves together the writings of Hardy and Barnes on the realities of country life in the winter months.

Hard times and hungry months: Special talk on cholera

Sun 24 Feb 2019
Discover how the cholera disease ran rampant through Dorset and how a family friend of Hardy’s invented the first dry earth closet. Visit Hardy's Cottage for an informal drop-in talk with one of our knowledgeable volunteers.

Free talk at Kingston Maurward College: How Hardy frames his texts

Thu 07 Mar 2019
A talk by Dr Mary Rimmer, University of New Brunswick. Hardy characteristically planned, or had a hand in planning the titles, prefaces and sometimes even the covers of his novels. This talk probes the connections between the frames and the texts.

National Trust World Book Day

Sat 09 Mar 2019
Celebrate World Book Day with the National Trust at Hardy's Cottage.

Cadbury Easter egg hunt

Fri 19 Apr 2019
Explore the house and garden where Thomas Hardy was born and grew up. Find the clues in a nature-themed trail and solve the puzzle to win a Cadbury chocolate prize.
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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 

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

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

Learning at Hardy's Cottage 

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

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Visitors in the cafe at Hardys Cottage

Group Visits 

Useful information for group leaders prior to visiting Hardy's Cottage with a group.

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Get involved

Volunteer Alban OBrien with visitor

Could you help bring Hardys cottage to life? 

Thomas Hardy's cottage attracts visitors from all around the world, and volunteers are always needed to help share the story.

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Places to stay

The terrace at Portland House with sea views

National Trust places to stay in West Dorset 

West Dorset is an ideal holiday location. Our places to stay are located by the coast in gorgeous countryside that's featured in the hit TV programme Broadchurch and the Far from the Madding Crowd film starring Carey Mulligan.