Hardy's Cottage

Evocative cob and thatch cottage - birthplace of Thomas Hardy

A wheelbarrow full of rosy apples in the garden at Hardy's Cottage on a fine autumn day

Autumn apple: join us for apple pressing at Hardy's Cottage 

Apples feature in many of Thomas Hardy's poems and prose. Come and sample the apples from his orchard and help with the harvest, pressing fresh apple juice.

The new quilt in the bedroom at Hardys Cottage

The art of quilting and the Hardy sisters 

Inspired by two quilts made by Thomas Hardy's sisters, volunteers decided to follow their patterns to make a new quilt

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What's on

Upcoming events

Skep Making

Mon 16 Sep 2019
Join us in the garden of Hardy's Cottage where the Dorchester and Weymouth beekeepers association will be in attendance to showcase this traditional craft.

Woodland Poetry Walk

Thu 26 Sep 2019
Explore the landscape of Thomas Hardy's imagination in this guided walk through Thorncombe Woods.

Hardy Talk at Kingston Maurward: Thomas Hardy and Art

Thu 26 Sep 2019
This talk by Helen Lange of the Hardy Society is being held at Kingston Maurward College. It explores of the artistic legacy of Hardy's work.

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.

Apple pressing

Tue 01 Oct 2019
The apples in Hardy’s orchard will be ripe and ready for harvesting. Come and have a go at apple pressing and taste the freshly squeezed juice.

Hardy Talk at Kingston Maurward: Hardy’s Tess

Wed 23 Oct 2019
This talk by Luke Rake will be held at Kingston Maurward College and looks at the development of Hardy’s work as both documentary recording of the world and the interpretation of landscape through the eyes of Tess.
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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.