Hardy's Cottage

Evocative cob and thatch cottage - birthplace of Thomas Hardy

Hardy's Cottage

What's on

Upcoming events

Hardy Talk: ‘Love, praise, indifference, blame’: Hardy's Emma Poems

Thu 25 Jul 2019
This talk looks at some of the 150 or so poems Hardy wrote about his first wife, Emma, after her death in 1912. It begins by asking, who are these poems for? And goes on to explore themes of speech and silence, memory and loss, and love and blame.

Artist in residence - Daria Lugina

Mon 05 Aug 2019
Meet our artist in residence as she paints in the cottage garden at Thomas Hardy's childhood home.

Tuneful Stories with Tim Laycock

Fri 27 Sep 2019
Tim Laycock's Tuneful Stories, bringing the Hardy family home to life with stories, folklore and tunes.

Autumn Apples

Tue 01 Oct 2019
Join us in October and November to celebrate Dorset’s favourite fruit, the apple. The apples in Hardy’s orchard will be ripe and ready for harvesting.

Christmas at Hardy's Cottage

Sun 01 Dec 2019
This December, Hardy’s Cottage will be decked with natural decorations of evergreen collected from the cottage garden and surrounding woodlands. Come and warm your toes by the warmth of the fire and get into the festive spirit.

Carols at the Cottage

Wed 11 Dec 2019
A cold, crisp day, the log fire roaring, and the sound of harmonious voices warming the air...
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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.