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Hardys Birthplace Visitor Centre

Hardys Birthplace Visitor Centre

This Dorset Council visitors centre is adjacent to Thorncombe Wood Local Nature Reserve and Hardy's Cottage (a National Trust property). The cottage is the birthplace of Thomas Hardy the novelist and poet. The reserve has stands of mature trees, a hazel coppice plus a small heathland in restoration which has its own herd of Dartmoor ponies. It is the perfect backdrop to learn about words and nature. Formal Education offer is provided by Dorset Forest School and National Trust but the Dorset Council Rangers are happy to facilitate more informal visits to fit a schools learning topics.

Facilities

  • Covered space
  • Disabled toilets
  • Hand washing facilities
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair access

Hearing loop, Cafe, Cabin to hire for up to 10 students, Forest school area to hire, Trampers to hire, Orieteering routes, Walking trail with leaflets

Pricing

Entry to the reserve and centre are free. All education groups are asked to pre arrange visits with Dorset Council Ranger Team. Parking is currently charged at £1 for 2 hours and £3 for all day. NO coach parking but drop off allowed by prior arrangement.

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