Hardy's Cottage

Evocative cob and thatch cottage - birthplace of Thomas Hardy

An old photographic portrait of Kate Hardy, sister to author Thomas Hardy

Women and Power at Hardy's Cottage 

To understand how Thomas Hardy became one of the country’s greatest Victorian writers, we must revisit his childhood. Meet the ‘Hardy women’ who lived at the cottage and discover their inspirational stories.

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What's on

Upcoming events

Biodiversity Day

Fri 20 Jul 2018
Come along to Hardy's Cottage and meet our team of Volunteer Ecologists. They will be setting up moth traps to collect data about the variety of species that can be found in Hardy's garden. The moths will be displayed in dishes so you can have a...

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

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.

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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.