Hardy's Cottage

Evocative cob and thatch cottage - birthplace of Thomas Hardy

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Hardy's Cottage

What's on

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Hardy's Cottage

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.

Hardy's Cottage

Get involved

National Trust volunteer Annette Joyce standing outside the door to Clouds Hill

Volunteer at Hardy's Cottage and Clouds Hill  

Find out about current volunteering roles at Hardy's Cottage, Clouds Hill and find details of how you can register your interest and learn more about what's involved.

Hardy's Cottage

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.