Current situation at Hardy's Birthplace and Thorncombe Wood

Thorncombe Wood, the visitor centre and the car park are open.
(please pay and display, including National Trust members)

Changes to our café

The Under the Greenwood Tree Café is open from 10am Tuesday to Sunday (weather permitting).
For updates, check their Facebook page.

Contact us for more information.


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
Under the Greenwood Tree Cafe logo

A family run cafe serving delicious homemade and locally sourced food

Visit the National Trust website for visitor information about nearby Hardys Cottage

Keep up-to-date with the latest events taking place at Hardy's Birthplace and Thorncombe Wood
Visitors tip toe through the foxgloves in Thorncombe Woods

The project invites everyone from the community to experience this area in new and exciting ways

The Project is a partnership between Dorset Council and the National Trust

Helping visitors to understand and connect to Thorncombe Wood and how it is managed

Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre

Name: Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre
Tel: 01305 251228
Full contact details

Visitor Centre opening times

Open all year round
Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm

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Hardy's Cottage  

Open for pre booked admissions

March to October
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm

November to December
Open Saturday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm


February half term
Tuesday to Sunday,
11am to 5pm