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Max Gate

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History in a wonderful setting

Weve wanted to Visit the Thomas Hardy house (Max Gate) for years! He has always been a favourite of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dallas, Texas
Another National Trust gem

Called in to visit en route to Weymouth and wasn’t disappointed. Parking a small problem, but lucky... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Exeter, United Kingdom
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Alington Avenue, Dorchester DT1 2AB, England
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 23 September 2012

Quite a surprise to find that this house is fairly close to the centre of Dorchester.It was designed by Hardy who lived in it from 1885 until his death in 1928. The furniture is of the period but not that owned by Hardy. During our...More

3  Thank Peter S
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 20 June 2014

If you are a Hardy fan you need to go here but it is not easy to find being very poorly signposted even though it's not far from the town centre and once you get here you will discover that there is virtually nothing associated...More

2  Thank ahne49uq
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Weve wanted to Visit the Thomas Hardy house (Max Gate) for years! He has always been a favourite of mine. Max gate certainly does not disappoint! There is so much to learn about this house we could have stayed a lot longer. Be sure to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Called in to visit en route to Weymouth and wasn’t disappointed. Parking a small problem, but lucky to find it not too busy. Fascinating house, designed by Hardy and full of memories of his life and work. A must if construction and design is your...More

Thank Trebrivanman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very different property from Hardys Cottage. This is where he lived until his death and none of the contents are original as Hardy's furniture is currently lodged at Dorchester museum. The staff are very knowledgeable and there is a small area selling...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Hardys House and were fascinated and very keen to visit Max Gate a few weeks later. We were not disappointed it is an amazing house and so different from the other house. A lovely place to visit, relaxed and peaceful

Thank Sue H
Reviewed 10 October 2018

Visited this house and gardens on a lovely warm October day. The staff were very friendly and gave us useful information about the house and Hardy. You are free to wander round and it was very different to the normal stately homes owned by the...More

Thank mercerh
Reviewed 10 October 2018

Max Gate gives off such a depressing vibe, it is not difficult to empathise with Emma Hardy's distress at living here, such a dark, claustrophobic building. It does, however, provide a real insight into the lives of Emma and Thomas, subsequently Florence, too. The NT...More

Thank griffitc
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Visited Max Gate with friends on a rainy day - interesting to walk around Thomas Hardy's home, a fantastic house with plenty to see and the handout to read for each room open to the public was well written and easy it follow. Some areas...More

Thank CNason
Reviewed 1 October 2018

Firstly, there is no car park, so a bit of a scramble for parking which I am sure must please the other residents in the area no end. When I visited the place it was swathed in scaffolding and tarpaulin, which somewhat diminished the visitor...More

Thank jezzaoutandabout
Reviewed 28 September 2018

We really enjoyed our visit. There was scaffolding around the outside as there is a lot of work being done to this lovely house. Inside there is plenty of information in each room, and stories about Thomas Hardy and his wives. The staff were helpful...More

Thank Sian T
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

Big fan of Thomas Hardy and been meaning to visit for ages - typical that there is scaffolding all up the front of the house but it's essential work so can't be helped. Staff could not have been more welcoming or knowledgeable - someone sat...More

Thank Janice S
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