Historic Dorchester - The Thomas Hardy Tour

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City, Local Experience, Museums / Culture, Shore Excursion


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent), Spanish (conversational)

Shore Excursion

Far from the Madding Crowd, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Life's Little Ironies - If you've heard of these titles, then you know who this tour relates to.
One of the most renowned poets and novelists in English literary history, Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 in the English village of Higher Bockhampton in the county of Dorset.

He died in 1928 at Max Gate, a house he built for himself and his first wife, Emma Lavinia Gifford, in Dorchester, a few miles from his birthplace.

We visit the his statue, birthplace the evocative cob and thatch cottage & visitor centre, the house he built Max Gate and his final resting place.

If you are a Hardy fan, then this is one tour you dont want to miss!


*We visit Portland. Portland (Isle of Slingers)
The Isle of Portland, joined to the mainland by the narrow strand of Chesil Beach, is the setting for The Well-Beloved writen by Hardy and published in 1897.

*Pass through Weymouth or Budmouth Regis as Hardy called it. Hardy worked as an architect here in 1869-70, and the town features in Under the Greenwood Tree.

*On to the evocative cob and thatch cottage - birthplace of Thomas Hardy. Here you will spend time using the visitor centre near Hardy's Cottage in the heart of Hardy Country.

*We then move on to Dorchester or Casterbridge as Hardy refered to it. We visit the Thomas Hardy Statue, his house Max Gate, designed by Hardy in 1885 and a walk around the market town of Dorchester.

*Finally we take a look at where Hardy was laid to rest. . Well, part of him. True Hardy fans will understand that last reference ;)

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I can meet you at a destination of your choice

End location: Weymouth / Portland / Portland Port / or your Hotel

Duration: 7 hours

Weather, traffic & time of year etc might effect this tour.


Private vehicle - 6/8 seats

What’s Included

*Transport (Private Vehicle)
*Complimentary pick up & drop off
*Photo stops along the way
*Bottled water
*Experienced, fun and knowledgeable private guide

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 GBP - Food, refreshments and souvenirs etc

What’s Extra

Entry Fee to Hardy Attractions



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