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Hardy's Cottage

Evocative cob and thatch cottage - birthplace of Thomas Hardy

Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8QJ

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View of Hardy's Cottage and the surrounding gardens from Thorncombe Woods, Dorset

Important notice

Free Thomas Hardy Woodland Walk on Saturday 25th May. Meet at the Hardy Birthplace Visitor Centre at 10.30. The walk will include poetry readings linked to the natural surroundings. To visit the cottage after the walk you will need to book a ticket.

Planning your visit

A view of a laden kitchen table inside Granny's Kitchen at Hardy's Cottage, Dorset

Booking your visit to Hardy's Cottage 

If you are planning a visit to Hardy's Cottage, you will need to book your visit in advance. Find out how to book and what to expect when you arrive.

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