• Location: Portland, United Kingdom
  • Duration: Flexible
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Designed to delight fans of Victorian literature, this private, 6-hour Thomas Hardy tour of Dorset takes you to locations significant to the life of the celebrated author. Visit places that inspired seminal works such as ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ and ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’, explore the market town of Dorchester, and pay your respects at Hardy’s final resting place. Round-trip transport from your Dorset hotel is included.


  • Private 6-hour Thomas Hardy tour from Dorset
  • Visit sites significant to the life and works of the legendary Victorian author
  • Capture photographs of the areas that inspired seminal works such as ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ and ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’
  • Explore the market town of Dorchester and see Hardy's final resting place
  • Receive undivided attention from a private guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Dorset are included

What You Can Expect

Private Tour Visiting The Life and Times of Thomas Hardy from Weymouth Dorset

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Your tour begins at your Dorset hotel, where you’ll board a private vehicle destined for the isle of Portland — connected to the Dorset mainland by the narrow strip of Chesil Beach. The landscapes feature in Hardy’s 19th-century novel, The Well-Beloved.

Travel through Weymouth and see locations connected to the author: Hardy worked as an architect here for a year and the town therefore features in several of his works. 

Proceed to Dorchester, the setting of The Mayor of Casterbridge, and visit the statue dedicated to Hardy and the house he designed. Take a turn around the quaint market town with your guide, who points out places of interest.

Your next stop is Hardy’s Cottage, a cob and thatch cottage in which the literary legend was born. Delve into Hardy’s early life in the nearby visitor center and enjoy the picturesque natural scenes that surround.

After paying your respects to Hardy’s final resting place, return to your vehicle and relax during the journey to your Dorset hotel.

Customer Reviews

Barbara F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had a fantastic day with Dan our guide, who was knowledgeable and friendly. There was never any rush like on other tours, we were encouraged to take as much time as we liked at the various stops. We won't hesitate to take one of these tours again! Highly recommended.

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