Max Gate

Thomas Hardy and his second wife Florence with their beloved Fox Terrier Wessex outside Max Gate

New room tells stories of hot baths and angry terriers at Max Gate 

New room open to the public sheds fresh light on domestic life of the Hardys - including their devotion to their demanding Fox Terrier

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.

Heritage Open Day

Tue 17 Sep 2019
Come and explore Max Gate for free! Join us to celebrate the Heritage Open Days festival.

Tea with Mr Hardy

Wed 18 Sep 2019
Every day at Max Gate, at 4 'o clock in the afternoon, Thomas Hardy had tea, often with some very famous friends and visitors.

Hardy's poems

Tue 01 Oct 2019
During October and November at Max Gate there will be poetry readings, displays and the chance to write your own poem in Hardy’s poetry study.

Portland House Autumn opening 2019

Fri 04 Oct 2019
Come down to Portland House in Weymouth for a special peek inside this stunning 1930s art deco holiday villa, not usually open to the public. Portland House, Belle Vue Road, Weymouth, DT4 8RZ.

Remembrance Sunday: a selection of poetry and readings

Sun 10 Nov 2019
Members of the New Hardy Players read poetry and prose to mark Remembrance Sunday. Suggested donation to the New Hardy Players of £3
Max Gate

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.