Max Gate A National Trust Gem

For a glimpse into the life of the famous Thomas Hardy, a novelist of quite a distinguished nature, you will no doubt want to head out to Max Gate in Dorchester, Dorset.

This beautiful brick home will not only be a treat to walk through and explore, taking a memory trip back and bemusing oneself with what could have transpired between these walls, but it is a chance to impart a little lesson for the children.

Surely no parent will want to miss out on a hidden learning opportunity among all the fun of a day out! You can let the wee ones know that here is the very site that Thomas Hardy penned not only ‘Mayor of Casterbridge’, ‘Tess of the dUrbervilles’, but also ‘Jude the Obscure’.

Perhaps upon returning home it may be time for a little literary treat!

National Trust’s Max Gate opens up the drawing room, hallways, and dining room for all eager visitors and you can further head out to the lovely garden to catch a glimpse of the vibrant bloomers.

Should you also call ahead and set up a private tour, or even come with your whole school, you will be made privy to a selection other expanses. There are also seminars and chances to meet up with other book groups, and should you be interested you need only to head over to the National Trust site to find out more.

So collect the family, the scholars, and all, and head over to sit on a sofa or chair where Thomas Hardy did himself. While you may not be so inspired as to write a classic, you will ensure yourself a lovely day trip!
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  • Walking through these rooms gives you a great insight to the emotions of the era

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