Hardy's Cottage

Evocative cob and thatch cottage - birthplace of Thomas Hardy

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

Bluebells at Hardy's Cottage 

The orchards of Hardy's Cottage are full of bluebells this year.

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What's on

Upcoming events

Storytelling under the Tolpuddle Tree

Sun 26 May 2019
Family storytelling under the beautiful 320 year old sycamore in Tolpuddle, which once sheltered the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

Serpents at Hardy's Cottage

Sun 26 May 2019
Come along to Hardy's Cottage to hear the unique sounds of serpents!

Biodiversity Day

Fri 31 May 2019
Come along to Hardy's Cottage and meet our team of Volunteer Ecologists. They will be here to explain what valuable work they do for our wildlife and show us some nature highlights from Hardy's garden and orchard.

Paint school under the Tolpuddle Martyrs Tree

Thu 06 Jun 2019
Learn to paint the Tolpuddle Martyrs Tree with acclaimed artist Bob and Roberta Smith. This paint school is part of a wider programme of events celebrating the Tolpuddle Tree, as part of the People's Landscapes programme.

Woodland Poetry Walk

Sun 09 Jun 2019
Explore the landscape of Thomas Hardy's imagination in this guided walk through Thorncombe Woods. The walk includes poetry and novel extracts along the way linked to Hardy’s landscape.

Walking the way of the Tolpuddle Martyrs: Tolpuddle to Dewlish

Sat 15 Jun 2019
Join us for a two and a half mile walk in the footsteps of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. This walk is part of a wider programme of events celebrating the Tolpuddle Tree, as part of the People's Landscapes programme.
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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.