National Trust - Hardy's Cottage, Dorchester

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Thomas Hardy's Cottage, in Higher Bockhampton, Dorset, is a small cob and thatch building that is the birthplace of the English author Thomas Hardy. He was born there in 1840 and lived in the cottage until he was aged 34—during which time he wrote the novels Under the Greenwood Tree (1872) and Far from the Madding Crowd (1874)—when he left home to be married to Emma Gifford.The cottage was built by Hardy's great-grandfather in 1800. It is now a National Trust property, and a popular tourist attraction. The property has a typical cottage garden, and the interior displays furniture which, although not from the Hardy family, is original to the period. The property is situated on the northern boundary of Thorncombe Wood. It is only three miles from Max Gate, the house that Hardy designed and lived in with Emma Gifford from 1885 until his death in 1928.In 2012 the go ahead was given to a project to build a new visitor centre near the cottage. The project also included new trails in Thorncombe Wood. The project, which secured £525,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, was a joint partnership between Dorset County Council and the National Trust. The visitor centre opened in September 2014.
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  • worth a trip if you have an hour or so to get a sense of one of England's most prolific writers and poets. Hardy mixed with all types of literati of his era, some of whom he clearly liked and others w...  more »
  • The main ticket office is about 1/2 mile from the cottage. If you buy your ticket there you have a choice of a walk through a wooded area or a dirt road with houses on it. You can also get your ticket...  more »
  • A fascinating cottage. A dress up box. What's not to like! We loved the history there, it was like stepping back in time. Interesting to learn about Thomas Hardy, view his home and garden. We had a go...  more »
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  • Had a fantastic time here. A beautiful cottage and loads of information from hardys life. I recommend starting with this one then going onto max gate, then the church. We had an excellent day
  • A wonderful little place. A fascinating little cottage. An enriching experiencing heightened by the knowlegable National Trust volunteers.
  • Lovely cottage, with nice walks through the woods. Nice coffee shop. Reasonable price to get in. Well looked after.
  • A place you could spend a good hour looking around. Plus various walks.
  • Charming cottage and volunteers very knowledgeable about Hardy. Gardens and woodland walks were beautiful. Downside s were paying for the cat park and the ticket office which seemed to be elbowed out of the way by the cafe.

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