Hardy's Cottage

Evocative cob and thatch cottage - birthplace of Thomas Hardy

Volunteer in the doorway at Clouds Hill

Making a house a home - volunteering opportunities at Hardy's Cottage & Clouds Hill 

Would you be interested in joining our dynamic and brilliant volunteer teams at Hardy's Cottage or Clouds Hill?

Hardy's Cottage

What's on

Making cheese with a spoon in a wooden bowl

Hard Times and Hungry Months at Hardy's Cottage 

Are you hardy enough to survive the winter months at the Cottage? Come along from January until the end of March and explore how the Hardys managed it.

Upcoming events

Hard times and hungry months

Thu 25 Jan 2018
Hardy's Cottage will be open Thursdays to Sundays throughout January and February, with the opportunity to see how hard the Hardy family had it. See website for more details.

Tuneful stories

Sat 10 Feb 2018
Tim Laycock brings the Hardy family home to life with music and stories.

Cadbury Easter egg hunt

Fri 30 Mar 2018
Explore the house and garden where Thomas Hardy was born and grew up. Find the clues in a nature-themed trail and solve the puzzle to win a Cadbury chocolate prize.

Nature's remedies

Tue 03 Apr 2018
Explore the Hardy family home with this new trail and learn how Thomas and his family would have used herbs growing in their garden to make medicines to cure their illnesses.
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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 Gerry sitting in the welcome kiosk at Hardy's Cottage

Volunteer at Hardy's Cottage or Clouds Hill 

Find out about current volunteering roles at Hardy's Cottage and Clouds Hill and details of how you can register your interest and learn more about what's involved.