Awarded a Green Flag 2017 and set in the heart of Hardy Country, the Visitor Centre is a gateway for local people and visitors alike to discover more about Thomas Hardy's early life and enjoy the local landscape which inspired his works.
Located on the edge of Thorncombe Wood Local Nature Reserve and a short walk from Hardy's Cottage, the Visitor Centre is home to displays, café, shop and Rangers' office. It is a hub of opportunity to discover more about Hardy as a child and be involved in what is happening in the landscape now through activities such as wildlife walks, Forest School activities, conservation volunteering and seasonal events.
Facilities, parking and directions for our award winning fully accessible Visitor Centre
This magical pocket of mixed woodland and heath is listed on the Ancient Woodland Inventory
A family run cafe serving delicious homemade and locally sourced food
The Hardy's Birthplace Project is a partnership between Dorset County Council and the National…
Helping visitors to understand and connect to Thorncombe Wood and how it is managed.
The project invites everyone from the community to experience this area in new and exciting ways.
Visit the National Trust website for visitor information about nearby Hardy's Cottage
Visitor Centre opening times
Open all year round
Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm
Hardy's Cottage opening times
March to October
Open 7 days a week, 11am to 5pm
November to February
Open Thursday-Sunday, 11am to 4pm