Hardy's Cottage

Evocative cob and thatch cottage - birthplace of Thomas Hardy

Hardy's Cottage

Things to see and do

Hardy's Cottage

What's on

Upcoming events

Wessex cookbook

Fri 03 Mar 2017
11:00-16:00
Come and experience the sights, smells and tastes of Hardy's beloved Wessex, as the team prepare various recipes from Victorian Dorset. Every Friday through March, April and May.

Easter Egg Hunt in partnership with Cadbury

Fri 14 Apr 2017
11:00-16:15
Explore the house where Thomas Hardy was born and grew up. Find the clues and solve the puzzle to win a Cadbury chocolate prize.
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.

Hardy's Cottage

Learning

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.

Hardy's Cottage

Groups

Visitors in the cafe at Hardys Cottage

Information for groups prior to visiting Hardy's Cottage 

Useful information for group leaders prior to visiting Hardy's Cottage with a group.

Hardy's Cottage

Get involved

National Trust volunteer Gerry sitting in the welcome kiosk at Hardy's Cottage

Volunteer at Hardy's Cottage, Max Gate or Clouds Hill 

We're looking for friendly, enthusiastic people to join our invaluable teams of volunteers at Hardy's Cottage, Max Gate and Clouds Hill. If you would like to help us bring these three fascinating places to life for visitors when they reopen in March, read on to find out more...