Max Gate is the former home of Thomas Hardy in Dorchester, Dorset.
Hardy designed and lived in Max Gate from 1885 until his death in 1928. It was here that he wrote Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure and The Mayor of Casterbridge, as well as much of his poetry.
The house contains several pieces of Hardy’s furniture, although his study has been relocated to the Dorset County Museum.
Max Gate is 1 mile east of Dorchester (which has two stations – Dorchester South and Dorchester West).
Max Gate is now owned by the National Trust. The average length of a visit is 1 hour. Guided tours of house available on request.
See the National Trust website for opening times and further details.