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Max Gate, Dorchester

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  • Thomas Hardy designed this house himself and wrote and lived here, plenty of rooms to look around and staff on hand with any questions. All the rooms are furnished with lots of books etc. There is a k...  more »
  • Notwithstanding the furniture is not more original, is the House still worth to visit. Hardy's Cottage and then first visit Max Gate, then you go from Hardy's youth to his later life. Particularly impressed by the story of Hardy's wife, who pulled on her private floor. The garden is also worth a visit, there is an excavated to see a full stone stone circle (which was later discovered). Parking is limited, street parallel to a busy road and not so many places available.
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  • This is where TH lived once the money started coming on and where he ended his days. Parking can be difficult a one way line just of an A-road. Knowledgeable and friendly docents. One of the most inte...  more »
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  • No parking within the grounds & very few places on the road outside. Usual NT house not much of the original furniture left inside but you do get to see all of the house. Lovely grounds with plenty of seating. Make your own coffee with honesty box at the back.
  • I found this to be one of the nicest NT properties to visit. Why ? Well two reasons. First it was very relaxed - you could walk everywhere without ropes stopping you from entering rooms and no blinds making the rooms so dark. Second, the staff. The gentleman on reception was very pleasant, helpful and knowledgeable. Byron who was a guide in a couple of the rooms was both knowledgeable with good humour. Max Gate is just so relaxed and friendly, much less formal and "protected". Maybe more NT properties should be less "finished"/ "polished".
  • Pleasant place but probably only worth a visit if you are a fan of Hardy or want to learn more about his life.
  • An amazing place to visit. If your a fan of hardy or not, it's a great experience. I recommend starting with hardys cottage then following on to max gate.
  • Interesting look at Hardy's successful writing career and a good insight into his not so successful relationships. Very pretty small cottage and very informative volunteers on hand to explain about his life.

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