Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice
Explore the landscape and childhood home of famed local author Thomas Hardy.
We are open!
Thorncombe Woods and the car park are fully open! (please Pay & Display).The Under the Greenwood Tree Café is open for takeaway and indoor service from 10am Tuesday to Sunday (please note information signs and obey the one-way system in place). The toilets will also be open during this period. Events are postponed until further notice. The National Trust run shop and Hardy's Cottage are still closed until further notice.
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
Visit the National Trust website for visitor information about nearby Hardy's Cottage
Keep up-to-date with the latest events taking place at Hardy's Birthplace and Thorncombe Wood
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
Open all year round
Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm
March to October
Open 7 days a week, 11am to 5pm
November to February
Open Thursday-Sunday, 11am to 4pm
Tel: 01305 251228
Full contact details for Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre
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