Hardy's Cottage

Important notice -

Hardy's Cottage is closed throughout January for essential conservation work. It will be open again on 1 February.

Evocative cob and thatch cottage - birthplace of Thomas Hardy

Hardy's Cottage

What's on

Upcoming events

Victorian cooking demonstration

Sat 01 Feb 2020
Sample delicious Victorian recipes made by our costumed volunteers.

Volunteer recruitment drop-in session

Tue 04 Feb 2020
We’re recruiting more volunteers for the Room Guide and Reception role at Hardy’s Cottage and Visitor Centre. If you're interested in helping us, come along to this drop-in session and have a chat about it with staff and volunteers.

Tuneful Stories with Tim Laycock

Fri 21 Feb 2020
Tim Laycock's Tuneful Stories, bringing the Hardy family home to life with stories, folklore and tunes.
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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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Hardy's cottage is available for group bookings

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.

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.