Max Gate

Alington Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 2AB.
01305 262538

Max GateMax Gate, an austere but sophisticated town house a short walk from the town centre of Dorchester, was the home of Dorset's most famous author and poet Thomas Hardy. Hardy, who designed the house in 1885, wanted to show that he was part of the wealthy middle classes of the area, to reflect his position as a successful writer, and to enable him to enter polite society.

OPEN: 2016
12th March - 30th October. Wednesday to Sunday. 11.00am-5.00pm. Closes dusk if earlierOpen Bank Holiday Mondays.

23rd June - 14th July - 18th August - 15th September -
Tea with Mr Hardy - Mr and Mrs Hardy invite you to afternoon tea in their garden, with one of their special guests in attendance and a performance by some of the Hardy Players.
21st July & 9th September - Flute and harp: Virginia and Florence Astley - Music and poetry from this talented duo.
22nd & 23rd July - Open air theatre: Tess of the d'Urbervilles - SISATA's enthralling adaptation of Hardy's classic novel, performed by four actors in the garden of the house where the novel was written.
24th September - Archaeology Day - Come and share Hardy's fascination with the traces that people leave behind.
1st & 13th October - 'Tuneful Stories' with Tim Laycock - Hardy's home comes alive with poetry, music and performance as Tim Laycock, explores the writer's love of poetry, music and 'tuneful stories'.
7th October - Portland House Autumn Opening - Come down to Portland House in Weymouth for a special peek inside this stunning 1930s art deco holiday villa, not usually open to the public.