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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice, including help if you are struggling financially

Current situation

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.


Visiting Hardy's Birthplace

Facilities, parking and directions for our award winning, fully accessible Visitor Centre


Thorncombe Wood Local Nature Reserve

This magical pocket of mixed woodland and heath is listed on the Ancient Woodland Inventory

Under the Greenwood Tree Cafe logo

Under the Greenwood Tree Cafe

A family run cafe serving delicious homemade and locally sourced food


Hardy's Cottage

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

Visitors tip toe through the foxgloves in Thorncombe Woods

Get involved

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


Hardy's Birthplace Project

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


of the wood project

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

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

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