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Hardy's Cottage

Higher Bockhampton

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Telephone: +44 01305 262366

Opening Times

Peak (1 March 2019 - 31 October 2019)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00*
Off Peak (1 November 2019 - 28 February 2020)
Monday - WednesdayClosed*
Thursday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00*

* Closed 24 & 25 December. Last admission 45 minutes before closing (or at dusk if earlier). Timed tickets may apply on certain days. Please note: Wednesdays and Sundays can be busy. On Mondays, admission is by timed ticket only, available only online in advance from the National Trust website. Booking for these tickets, which applies to National Trust Members as well, is open for the 7 days leading up to the visit and closes on the Sunday.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Gift Aid Adult£6.50 per ticket
Gift Aid Child£3.00 per ticket
Gift Aid Family£19.30 per ticket
Group Adult (min group size 15)£5.90 per ticket
Group Child (min group size 15)£3.00 per ticket
National Trust membersFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Telephone: +44 01305 262366



  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Large print guide


  • On-Site café/restaurant - Café and toilets at Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre, next to Thorncombe Woods car park.

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Parking in Thorncombe Woods Car Park. Cottage is a 600 yard walk from car park, up bridleway or through woods.

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A35. From Dorchester take first turn left off A35 after Kingston Maurward college roundabout. Follow lane to Higher Bockampton village. Turn left to Hardy's Cottage where signed. 10 minute walk from car park to cottage through the woods.

Public Transport Directions

Bus services: Wilts & Dorset X84, 184/6 Weymouth–Salisbury, 187–9 Poole–Dorchester (all pass Dorchester South & close Dorchester West), alight Bockhampton Lane, ½ml. Nearest stations are Dorchester South and Dorchester West.

Telephone: +44 01305 262366

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