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Thomas Hardy – a Wessex Life

Wessex Life
Thomas Hardy – a Wessex Life

Thomas Hardy is much loved for his ability to capture the dramas and landscapes of rural in England in the 19th Century. We visit the villages, towns and countryside he knew so intimately following the course of his great novels, his life and the locations used for works such as Far From the Madding Crowd and Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

On this tour you could:
  • Visit Dorchester in Dorset (Hardy’s Casterbridge) for this tour with a local Guide.

  • Visit the tiny thatched country cottage where Hardy was born and inspired to write.

  • Take a walking tour of Hardy’s Casterbridge locations for his novels and poetry.

  • Contrast these with the grand house at Max Gate, which Hardy designed once his success was established.

  • Explore the Dorset landscapes of Hardy’s Wessex novels on a guided tour recreating the action of the plots
    as we go.

  • Sample Blue Vinny cheese, fermity and Dorset Knobs: intriguing that local food Hardy loved.

Other Options

  • Choose a novel and follow the entire plot through the Wessex locations Hardy used.

  • Athelhampton and Puddletown – Hardy knew this wonderful Tudor house well and, as an architect appreciated buildings.  He used it and nearby Weatherbury, in his poems, and in Far from the Madding Crowd.

Booking Options

Thomas Hardy – a Wessex Life

Thomas Hardy – a Wessex Life




  • The services of a local expert Blue Badge Guide

  • Your chosen food venue booked

  • Entrances can be pre-booked

  • Links to local transport providers

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