Hardy's Cottage

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Hardy's Cottage is open Tues - Sun by pre-booked guided tours only. Please book your visit in advance here on our website or by phoning 0344 249 1895. Same day bookings are not available. Thank you.

Evocative cob and thatch cottage - birthplace of Thomas Hardy

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Hardy's Cottage

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Visiting Hardy's Cottage: What you need to know

Find out what you can expect from your visit, how to book, and how to change your booking. We've made some changes to our usual offer, to help keep everyone safe.

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Hardy's Cottage

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The parlour in Hardy's Cottage with flagstone flooring and wooden seating arranged around an open hearth

Step inside the birthplace of Dorset’s most famous author and poet, Thomas Hardy. Lose yourself in this evocative cob and thatch cottage and experience the atmosphere that inspired Hardy to write some of his most famous works including ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’. We’ve reopened safely after being closed for some time and our expert guides are back on hand to share the incredible stories of Hardy’s Cottage.

The office in Hardy's Cottage with a desk overlooking the cottage garden

Wander through Hardy’s much loved childhood home and uncover more about 19th century rural life, with its open hearths, stone floors and creaky stairs. Explore the cosy parlour where the Hardy family joined together to cook, eat and socialise by the fire. See granny’s kitchen and the office, before heading upstairs to discover the cottage bedrooms. Hardy lived here on and off, until he was 30 years old and after flying the nest, he never settled far away, returning to his Dorset roots and building his own home ‘Max Gate’ just a few miles away in Dorchester.

The garden facade of Max Gate

And after your visit . . . 

Why not pay a visit to the home that Hardy built, just a few miles away in Dorchester. At Max Gate, Hardy entertained famous guests and sat down to write some of his most famous works including Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure and most of his poetry.