Max Gate

Atmospheric Victorian home designed by Thomas Hardy

Max Gate

Things to see and do

The drawing room at Max Gate showing the fireplace

Highlights of Max Gate 

The top things to see on a visit to Max Gate, including the house Hardy designed, the spacious garden and the pet cemetery.

Upcoming events

Flute and harp with Virginia and Florence Astley

Thu 16 Mar 2017
Music, stories and poetry with a Max Gate theme bring Thomas Hardy's house to life.

Tuneful Stories

Fri 24 Mar 2017
Stories and music from Tim Laycock, from the times and works of Thomas Hardy.

Easter Egg Hunt in partnership with Cadbury

Fri 14 Apr 2017
Explore the house where Thomas Hardy lived. Find the clues and solve the puzzle to win a Cadbury chocolate prize.

Portland House Spring Opening 2017

Fri 05 May 2017
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. NT members free, otherwise adults £5, children £2.50

Tea with Mr Hardy and T E Lawrence

Thu 18 May 2017
Mr and Mrs Hardy invite you to tea in their garden with special guest T E Lawrence. This is part of the National Trust's 'From desert to Dorset', two weeks of events celebrating the life of T E Lawrence (6 May - 21 May)
Max Gate

Get involved

Two hens being carefully held by a National Trust volunteer at Max Gate

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...