Hardy's Cottage

Important notice -

Due to the high wind forecast and risk of falling branches, Hardy's Cottage will be closed on Saturday 15 February. The admission point and National Trust shop in the Hardy's Birthplace visitor centre will also be closed.

Evocative cob and thatch cottage - birthplace of Thomas Hardy

Hardy's Cottage

What's on

Upcoming events

Victorian cooking demonstration

Thu 20 Feb 2020
Sample delicious Victorian recipes made by our costumed 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.

Food and farming in the novels of Thomas Hardy

Thu 27 Feb 2020
Food themed talks in the woodshed as part of a year long celebration of all things edible.
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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.