Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre (Thorncombe Woods)

Explore the Dorset woodlands and heaths that inspired author Thomas Hardy featured in the recent film, Far from the Maddening Crowd. From the new visitor centre and café the Tramper allows you to enjoy woodland paths leading to the entrance of Hardy’s Cottage – a classic ‘cob and thatch’ cottage where he was born and wrote his early works.

Note that the Tramper provides access only to the entrance, not around, the cottage (an admission is charged for this part of the property).  

The site is jointly managed by the National Trust and Dorset Council’s Countryside Team – visit this webpage for a great selection of information about what you can enjoy at Hardy’s Cottage and Thorncombe Woodlands. 

Tramper hire is available Monday to Friday.

Booking is strongly recommended – in particular for first-time users who will be provided with a short introduction to the Tramper controls and operation before heading out. 

For opening hours please visit the location’s webpage – click here.

Additional information on the latest news is available via their Facebook page here.  

Contact details

Address Visitor Centre, Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8QH
Telephone 01305251228
E-Mail hardysbirthplace@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

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Key information

2 Trampers Available


Information Centre

Dogs Welcome

Accessible Parking

Accessible Toilet(s)

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