Hardy's Cottage

Evocative cob and thatch cottage - birthplace of Thomas Hardy

A sea of bluebells under the trees in Hardy's Cottage orchard

Conserving bluebells at Hardy's Cottage 

Essential work is being carried out this spring to conserve the native English bluebell in the orchards of Hardy's Cottage.

Hardy's Cottage

What's on

Upcoming events

Tim Laycock's Tuneful Stories

Fri 26 Apr 2019
Tim Laycock's Tuneful Stories, bringing the Hardy family home to life with stories, folklore and tunes.

Serpents at Hardy's Cottage

Sun 26 May 2019
Come along to Hardy's Cottage to hear the unique sounds of serpents!

Biodiversity Day

Fri 31 May 2019
Come along to Hardy's Cottage and meet our team of Volunteer Ecologists. They will be here to explain what valuable work they do for our wildlife and show us some nature highlights from Hardy's garden and orchard.

Introduction to garden moths

Fri 05 Jul 2019
Learn all about moth trapping and how you can identify these beautiful garden creatures.
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.

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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.

Portrait of Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy young poetry prize open for entries 

A new poetry prize for 13-18 year olds inspired by the writings of Thomas Hardy has been launched by the National Trust.

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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.

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.