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Max Gate, Dorchester

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  • Had just been to Hardy's Cottage and decided to move on to Max Gate as it was close by. It's an imposing house and the Hardy story is, of course, interesting. Unfortunately, very few of the artefacts ...  more »
  • Although not a great Hardy fan, I found this a very interesting and enjoyable experience. The house is partly furnished with some original pieces and some copies, the originals having been donated to ...  more »
  • At last we found Max Gate after a search of the Town. This home of the famous Thomas Hardy ,the home he created with his wife Emma. The house has that interesting feel with its little stairways and pa...  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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