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Famous Thomas Hardy Rooms Open to the Public

Max Gate

12:23pm 14th August 2013
(Updated 5:36pm 14th August 2013)

Fans of Thomas Hardy can now get a glimpse of the room where he wrote some of his most famous work.

His study, turned bedroom, at Max gate in Dorchester has opened to the public for the first time.

It's where he penned the tragic Mayor of Casterbridge and his personal favourite the Woodlanders.

The rooms have been kept private by the National Trust who opened the place up in 2011.

Max Gate Visitor Services Manager Jen Davis told Wessex FM why the room hasn't been opened before:

"Someone’s been living there, max Gate is still a home, it's still lived in but open to the public. But recently we've converted some attic room which were being used for storage into accommodation, so our tenants been able to move up into those new rooms which has freed up these important rooms so we can open them up to the public".

Max Gate is open to the public 5 days a week from Wednesday to Sunday from 11am-4:30pm. People can just go along and check out the new rooms and explore the rest of the house.

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