National Trust Hardy's Cottage - DT2 8QJ

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Dorchester, DT2 8QJ

+44 1305 262366




Based on 78 reviews.


Agregated reviews (78) National Trust Hardy's Cottage - DT2 8QJ

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Interesting to visit but bit of a walk from the visitors centre to the cottage on a country track. There is also longer scenic route through some trees with better paths. Small cottage as you can imagine for the time period so if busy limited visitors in a room at one time.

3 by Sharon Lum Review source

Beautiful and atmospheric little cottage hidden in the woods. The volunteers/ staff were also so helpful and accomodating towards my big buggy and children. Overall lovely experience topped off by a piece of Dorset apple cake in the modern visitor centre- recommended!

5 by J W Review source

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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Very interesting. Guides helpful. Long gradual slope to cottage not good for disabled or those with angina. But worth it in the end! Garden to sit in. Woodland walks. There is a visitors centre and cafe near the car park.

5 by Georgina Bird Review source

This is only small and it has timed entry it's a walk from the car park and if disabled then difficult you can go on the bridle path but this is very bumpy there are two large mobility scooters

4 by garry vandeleur Review source

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

5 by Gaynor smith Review source

Open fire, knowledgeable enthusiastic NT guide, a live fiddle recital and charming garden. We went to Hardys later house Max Gate day before, so was interesting to see his roots.

5 by Barrington L Review source

Very interesting to see Hardy's birthplace. Very good guides there, and you get the sense of what it must have been like to live in a small rural cottage at that time.

4 by Desmond Cole Review source

Interesting well kept property, inside and out.
Disability access arrangements adequate but not well signed or explained at ticket office.

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Nice piece of history in the house. Woodland walk is lovely,but coffee shop was terribly expensive and not worth the money. Very disappointing

3 by Lynda Essex Review source

Interesting cottage. Very small so timed ticket entry. Pick up tickets at visitors centre. Reasonable walk along wooded path to reach cottage.

4 by Stephen Ward Review source

A wonderful little place. A fascinating little cottage. An enriching experiencing heightened by the knowlegable National Trust volunteers.

4 by Bruce Fletcher Review source

Beautiful (even in the rain), excellent and knowledgeable National Trust volunteers and great soup at the cafe (not National Trust).

5 by Sarah Wright Review source

A wonderful place to visit, evocative of Hardy's books and a bygone era. Fantastic volunteers full of knowledge and expertise.

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Lovely cottage, with nice walks through the woods.
Nice coffee shop. Reasonable price to get in. Well looked after.

4 by Review source

Love this place! Idyllic location and historic cottage - beautiful walk and an interesting look at Hardy's home.

5 by Review source

First visit in the winter. Was nice to be invited to sit by the warm fireplace and be offered a mulled drink.

5 by Eric Leboeuf Review source

Beautiful forest walks around the authentically well kept birth place of Thomas Hardy. We keep coming back!

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Amazing place,birds singing, you can see Wild Horses , have lovely walk,fresh air, peace of mind ;)

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Lovely cottage and very interesting place to know more about Hardy's early life and familly.

4 by Pierre Roche Review source

Lovely property great volunteers. Misserable staff at cafe though
Not national trust.

4 by Review source

My favourite NT property where it’s possible to sit, touch, really feel the atmosphere.

5 by Review source

Great place to visit steeped in history especially if you're a Thomas Hardy fan.

5 by Ross Adams Review source

Very atmospheric and the staff were knowledgeable and friendly. Well worth a visit.

5 by Review source

Time capsule of past period and great informed staff who know Hardy and his works

5 by James Fussell Review source

Great place for dog walking or for any one who likes walking loved it there

5 by Review source

Cracking place to visit peace and quiet loads of history and lovely walks

5 by Mark White Review source

A really good place to visit and imagine the lives of Thomas hardy times

4 by Carolyn Melvin Review source

A place you could spend a good hour looking around. Plus various walks.

4 by Phil Broomfield Review source

Beautiful scenery, a wonderful historic building. Well worth a look.

5 by Review source

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