Hardy's Cottage

The view across the garden to Hardy's Cottage, the birthplace in 1840 of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy

Important notice -

Entry to the cottage and garden on Wednesdays and Thursdays is by timed ticket only. These tickets are available on the day, and only from Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre. Available from 10.30am for 11am entry.

Evocative cob and thatch cottage - birthplace of Thomas Hardy

Hardy's Cottage

Things to see and do

Hardy's Cottage

What's on

Upcoming events

Tuneful stories

Sat 03 Sep 2016
Hardy's home come alive with poetry, music and performance as Tim Laycock, performer in residence, explores the writer's interest in women and love.

Apple Day

Sat 29 Oct 2016
Join us for a day of orchards, apples and seasonal fun at Hardy's Cottage.
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.

Hardy's Cottage


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.