Hardy's Cottage

The view across the garden to Hardy's Cottage, the birthplace in 1840 of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy

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

Jemima's Cookbook

Fri 26 Aug 2016
Join the team at Hardy's Cottage as they attempt to cook the various dishes that Hardy's mother cooked for the young Hardy.

Feeding the Hardys

Fri 26 Aug 2016
Come along to Hardy's Cottage to find out how and what the Hardys ate, in the decade later known as the Hungry Forties, through displays, demonstrations and activities.

Tuneful stories

Sat 03 Sep 2016
Hardy's home come alive with poetry, music and performance as Tim Laycock, performer in residence, explores the writer's interest in women and love.

Apple Day

Sat 29 Oct 2016
Join us for a day of orchards, apples and seasonal fun at Hardy's Cottage.
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


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.