Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice.
Explore the landscape and childhood home of famed local author Thomas Hardy.
Thorncombe Wood and the car park are open.(please pay and display, including National Trust members)
If you're thinking of visiting, please remember to do so only if you live in the immediate area – we can’t wait to see you again after the lockdown, but for now, please follow government rules and stay as local as possible.
The Under the Greenwood Tree Café is open weekends for take out only from 10am (weather permitting). For updates, check their Facebook page.
The toilets will be accessible during café opening hours and possibly at other times depending on Ranger staff availability.Events are postponed until further notice.
Hardy's Cottage is closed until further notice.
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
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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