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Portland - Hardy Country (half day)

Thomas Hardy is regarded throughout the world as one of the greatest English writers. His total achievement as novelist, poet, short story writer is such that he is thought by many as second in greatness only to Shakespeare. Among his fourteen published novels there have been such successes as Far from the Madding Crowd, The Return of the Native, The Mayor of Casterbridge, The Woodlanders and Tess of the d’Urbervilles. The reasons for this lasting appeal are many – a tremendous honesty to his own deep and sensitive experience of life, immense scholarship, astonishing powers of observation and wide-ranging technical skills being just some of them.

Your first stop today will be in Dorchester, Hardy’s Casterbridge, and a visit to the Dorset County Museum which has the greatest collection of Hardy manuscripts, books and memorabilia in the world, and attracts many scholars. See the gallery dedicated to Hardy and also a reconstruction of his study. There are also many other display rooms here, telling the story of local wildlife, rocks and fossils, archaelogy and history.

Afterwards visit the Hardy Monument, just outside Dorchester, erected in 1844 in memory of Hardy. It stands on Black Down, from where there are glorious views across the Dorset countryside to the sea.

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Tours in Portland

Hardy Country
Corfe Castle & Scenic Drive
Coastal Walk

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