Discover Hardy Country with this essential visitor guide.

Welcome to Hardy Country

Named after the famous novelist and poet Thomas Hardy and located within the rolling Dorset Hills, Hardy Country is the perfect destination for both fans of literature and those looking to discover some beautiful scenery. Whether you’re visiting for a few hours, a few days or longer, we very much look forward to welcoming you to Hardy Country.
Use the links above to help you plan your visit to Hardy Country. You will find all the essential information about the most popular Thomas Hardy visitor destinations in one convenient place, including directions and opening times

News & Events

Find out the latest news and see what’s happening in Hardy Country by visiting the News & Events page using the link above

Plan your visit

Take time out to explore Hardy Country. Follow Hardy’s story from his place of birth in Higher Bockhampton to his home at Max Gate, then on to his final resting place at St Michael’s Church. Learn more about his life and work at the Dorset County Museum, get your photo taken next to the Hardy memorial, and round off your trip with a tour of some of the wider landscape.

Getting here

Dorchester and the Dorset Hills are just 2.5 hours from London and are easily accessible by both road and public transport. Check out the ‘Getting here’ page for links to help you plan your journey

Hardy Country Joint Ticket

Hardy Country Joint Ticket

 

Planning to visit many of the Hardy places in Hardy Country? Save by buying a Hardy Country Joint Ticket

The ticket entitles you to entry to Max Gate, Hardy’s Birthplace, Clouds Hill and Dorset County Museum in Dorchester. Why not pop along to St Michael’s Church in Stinsford too, which is less than a mile from Hardy’s Birthplace (free entry)

The Hardy Country Joint Ticket is available to buy at any of the four places, or Dorchester Tourist Information Office

The Hardy Country Project

This site is brought to you by several independent ‘not for profit’ organisations who are working together to promote the life and work of Thomas Hardy and the county of Dorset. To find out about the work of each organisation click here or click on the one of the logos at the top of this page.