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

Smugglers Trail

Sat 22 Oct 2016
Become a Customs officer for the day, and follow in the footsteps of smugglers...

Dorset Dough Cake Baking

Fri 28 Oct 2016
Inspired by the Great British Bake Off, the team at Hardy's Cottage reflects on what they would have been baking in Hardy's day.

Apple Day

Sat 29 Oct 2016
'It's the cider-maker, And appletree-shaker And behind him on wheels, in readiness, His mill, and tub, and vats and press'

Tranter Dewey's Christmas party

Wed 14 Dec 2016
A celebration of Midwinter and the Christmas season with carols, folksongs, poetry and readings from the works of Thomas Hardy. Performed by Tim Laycock and fiddler Colin Thompson.

Wessex cookbook

Fri 03 Mar 2017
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
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


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.