Hardy's Cottage

Evocative cob and thatch cottage - birthplace of Thomas Hardy

A windowsill in Hardy's Cottage in autumn

Celebrating National Poetry Day at Hardys cottage 

Thomas Hardy's birthplace will mark National Poetry Day on 4 October with poetry readings, a poetry trail in the garden and a woodland poetry walk. You can even try your hand at penning your own poem!

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What's on

Upcoming events

Explore the orchards at Hardys Cottage this autumn

Wed 26 Sep 2018
The apple are ripening in the orchard around Thomas Hardy's childhood home. Come and explore the grounds and see the trees which provided cider for the adults and tree climbing games for the Hardy children.

Celebrating National Poetry Day

Thu 04 Oct 2018
National Poetry Day on 4th October will be marked with readings and walks at Thomas Hardy's homes in West Dorset

Hard times and hungry months

Thu 01 Nov 2018
During the winter months you can gather around the warm hearth and discover how hard life would have been for Victorian families, with frost in the air and the landscape stripped bare. See nationaltrust/hardyscottage.org.uk for further details

Christmas at Hardy's Cottage

Sat 01 Dec 2018
All through December you can enjoy a warm festive welcome. with the cottage decked for Christmas. Come and warm your toes by the open fire. Full details on www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardys-cottage

Winter Words

Sat 08 Dec 2018
Join the New Hardy Players as they weave together a verbal anthology of Hardy's favourite wintry words, against the backdrop of his beloved childhood home
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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.