Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  Dorset  /  Dorchester  /  Hardy's Monument

Hardy's Monument, Dorchester

The Hardy Monument is a 72ft monument on the summit of Black Down in Dorset, erected in 1844 by public subscription in memory of Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Hardy, a commander at the Battle of Trafalgar. Admiral Hardy lived in Portesham and his family owned the Portesham estate which stretched from the middle of Portesham to Black Down. The site for the monument was chosen because the Hardy family wanted a monument which could be used as a landmark for shipping. The monument has been shown on navigational charts since 1846 and is visible from a distance of.The monument is situated on Black Down, a hill overlooking the English Channel near Portesham in Dorset, England, on the road between Abbotsbury and Martinstown. It was restored in 1900 by his descendants and bought in 1938 by the National Trust for the sum of £15.The monument was designed to look like a spyglass, as Admiral Hardy would have used on board ship. Its eight corners are aligned with the compass points. Viewed from the ground the corner to the right of the lightning conductor points due south. The bench mark on the northwest face denotes the altitude of Black Down at.
Put Hardy's Monument at the forefront of your travel plans using our Dorchester attractions planner.
Create an itinerary including Hardy's Monument
Hardy's Monument Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
149 reviews
  • You are surrounded by amazing views of the coast of Weymouth and Portland. There are also lovely walks around the area  more »
  • Whether or not you go up the tower you will get some lovely views. The tower is under the control of the National Trust, it is worth checking the opening times.  more »
  • Great position and view to the sea for this memorial to the sea farer. In February, areas of low vegetation remain one of Egdon Heath which the other one wrote about. Dramatic in the cold, off season.  more »
  • You can now climb the tower and there's a good view from the top. There is a fee, £2 each I think when we went.
  • Interesting folly which dominates the landscape, it can be seen for miles - well worth a visit, great view from this high point a particularly interesting location for a photographer with a powerful zoom lens. For walkers there are plenty of walking trails crossing the landscape below. Choose your route carefully and enjoy the scenery
  • The view is great especially from the top of the tower. It is not open much though and is too expensive in my opinion. There are lots of nice walks surrounding the monument. It is a real shame that the car park is mostly closed but you can park down the hill or in some turn it's nearby.
  • Great views, it's a shame you can't go to the top though!!
  • well worth a visit for the views and walks
Places to stay near Hardy's Monument

Plan your trip to Dorchester

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.