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Hardy's Monument

Dorchester, England
+44 1297 489481
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Far from the madding crowd

A wonderful, if somewhat bleak, memorial to Hardy who lived nearby. Never been up the tower, but... read more

Reviewed yesterday
paulc19642017
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London, United Kingdom
Spectacular View over Five Counties

Spectacular views even if you can't make the 151 steps to the top of the tower. The steps are... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Robert V
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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“national trust” (28 reviews)
“car park” (39 reviews)
“chesil beach” (8 reviews)
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Dorchester, England
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+44 1297 489481
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"naval officer"
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"spiral stone"
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"superb views"
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"check opening times"
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"worth the climb"
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"narrow road"
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Reviewed yesterday

A wonderful, if somewhat bleak, memorial to Hardy who lived nearby. Never been up the tower, but often walked nearby. Some people have complained about the car park being locked. There is an alternative car park 50 meters down the hill towards Weymouth.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Spectacular views even if you can't make the 151 steps to the top of the tower. The steps are reasonably accessible for the able bodied but anyone with any limit to their mobility (like me) would probably not attempt the climb

Thank Robert V
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a beautiful day when we visited the Monument. Quite a climb but worth it for the view when you reach the top. Slightly hazy because of the sun but what wonderful views over the lovely Dorset countryside. Some lovely walks nearby. The tower...More

1  Thank Eileen P
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Reviewed 5 May 2018

When we arrived here is was foggy weather, a fair wind and the tower was closed. Below on the hill top are some picknick tables and explanation panels. On a nice day there may be beautiful views, possibly you can see the sea.

Thank huys25
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

This monument was built in memory of Vice Admiral Thomas Hardy and is the shape of a ships spyglass. This was closed early on the day that we went so we just looked at it and checked out the stunning view.

Thank Janet D
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

You are surrounded by amazing views of the coast of Weymouth and Portland. There are also lovely walks around the area

Thank Mushroom J
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Whether or not you go up the tower you will get some lovely views. The tower is under the control of the National Trust, it is worth checking the opening times.

Thank Peter F
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Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

Great position and view to the sea for this memorial to the sea farer. In February, areas of low vegetation remain one of Egdon Heath which the other one wrote about. Dramatic in the cold, off season.

Thank pjl29
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Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

Not the author but the admiralty Sir Thomas Hardy - liked to Nelson at the battle of Trafalgar. Huge spyglass monument over looking the Dorset downs. Good place to rest with a picnic if our walking.

1  Thank Jo W
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

Good place for a nice nature walk, not a lot of other walkers. Be sure the gate to the parking lot is open because parking your car on the road is dangerous. If not open, drive a little further and walk back, it is worth...More

Thank willem_pil
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