If you're planning a trip to Cornwall and have a furry friend in tow, you'll be pleased to know that there are plenty of dog friendly attractions in Cornwall to explore.
From gardens and beaches to museums and historic sites, there are plenty of things to do in Cornwall with dogs. With its stunning coastline, countryside walks, and charming towns, Cornwall really is the perfect destination for a dog-friendly holiday.
Many of the region's top attractions welcome dogs on leads, so you can enjoy the sights and sounds of Cornwall with your four-legged companion by your side. From the Eden Project and Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm to the Minack Theatre and Lappa Valley Steam Railway, there are plenty of dog-friendly attractions to choose from.
So, pack your bags and bring your furry friend along for the ride!
You might also like to discover the top dog friendly beaches in North Cornwall, with no seasonal restrictions in place.
Dog-Friendly Beaches in Cornwall
Cornwall is famous for its stunning beaches, and fortunately, many of them are dog-friendly. Here are a few of the best:
Perranporth Beach, Perranporth
Perranporth Beach (located 8 miles south of Newquay on the north coast) is a three-mile stretch of golden sand that is popular with surfers and dog walkers alike. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round, but they must be kept on a lead between July and August.
During low tide, Perranporth Beach and the adjacent Penhale Sands merge to create one of the most extensive stretches of continuous sand on the North Coast, perfect for exercising your furry friend. At one end, you'll find Perranporth, a quintessential beach town with its high street backing onto the sandy shores. As you move towards Penhale Point, a vast network of sand dunes rises behind the beach, forming a Special Area of Conservation.
The majority of Perranporth's amenities and attractions are situated near the town end of the beach. Here, you'll discover rock pools, caves, a stream, and the iconic Chapel Rock, which features a small bathing pool on its seaward side. A short stroll away lies the 'Watering Hole,' a unique pub that not only offers breathtaking views of the beach but is also situated directly on the sandy shores.
📍Perranporth Beach, Perranporth, Cornwall, TR6 0JN
Crantock Beach, near Newquay
Crantock Beach (owned by The National Trust) is a beautiful, secluded beach situated at the mouth of the Gannel estuary, that is perfect for dog walking. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round, with no restrictions. The beach is surrounded by sand dunes and has a large car park nearby. There are no facilities on the beach, so make sure to bring your own supplies.
📍Crantock Beach, Cornwall, TR8 5RN.
Summerleaze Beach, Bude
Summerleaze Beach in Bude is an idyllic beach with golden sands, good surf, and the serene Bude Sea Pool. Summerleaze's unique charm lies in the combination of its stunning natural beauty and the convenience of its proximity to Bude's town centre, which offers an array of shops, cafes, and restaurants within easy walking distance.
Dog lovers will be delighted to know that Summerleaze Beach is a dog-friendly destination. While there are some seasonal restrictions in place to ensure everyone can enjoy the beach, dogs are permitted on the beach all year round. From May 1st to September 30th, dogs are required to be on a lead between 10 am and 6 pm, while outside of these hours and during the rest of the year, they can roam free and enjoy the beach alongside their owners. This makes Summerleaze Beach an ideal spot for a fun day out with your four-legged friend, enjoying the sun, sand, and surf together.
📍Summerleaze Beach, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 8HJ
Dog restricted beaches in Cornwall
Before visiting a beach with your dog, it's a good idea to check the list of dog-restricted beaches on the Cornwall Council website. It's worth noting that Blue Flag and Seaside Award beaches have longer restrictions due to the requirements of the Award status.
There are currently only 3 beach areas in Cornwall where dogs are banned entirely; Hayle estuary, Carnsew Pool, and Copperhouse Pool.
Dog Friendly Parks & Gardens in Cornwall
Trebah Garden, located near Falmouth, is a dog-friendly sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. The garden is home to a wide variety of plants and trees, including rhododendrons, magnolias, and camellias.
There are plenty of walking trails to explore with your dog, including a circular route that takes you through the garden and down to the beach. Dogs must be kept on leads at all times.
They also have designated doggie tables in Trebah Kitchen, so dog lovers can sit together. Dogs are also welcome on the garden terrace and in the picnic area. Just ask a member of staff which tables are suitable.
Water bowls are available outside the Visitor Centre and they offer complimentary poop bags to dog owners on arrival. There are four dog bins provided within the garden, and one in the car park.
📍Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith, Near Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5JZ
Trelissick Garden is a National Trust property located near Truro. The garden is set on a hillside overlooking the River Fal and features a mix of formal and informal planting.
The large estate outside the garden has miles of woodland walks and open countryside for you and your dog to enjoy. Access to the garden is limited to assistance dogs only. You can also take your dog into Trelissick shop and Crofters cafe courtyard.
📍Trelissick Garden, Feock, near Truro, Cornwall, TR3 6QL
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, located near St Austell, is a dog-friendly estate that has been restored to its former glory. The gardens feature a mix of formal and informal planting, including a jungle garden and Victorian walled garden.
They kindly ask that dogs are kept on their lead at all times as they have a variety of rare livestock and poultry around the site.
Dogs on leads are also welcome in both the Heligan Kitchen and The Steward's House for when you want to stop for a drink and a bite to eat on your visit.
There are a number of dog waste bins conveniently located around the gardens. On arrival, you’ll be given a free garden map, on which the bin locations are clearly marked.
📍 The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St.Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6EN
Tehidy Country Park
Tehidy Country Park near Cambourne, warmly welcomes dogs throughout the year, although certain designated paths must be followed by dog walkers to safeguard the native wildlife. These routes are clearly marked, ensuring a hassle-free experience for you and your furry friend. So, grab your picnic basket, leash, and canine companion, and embark on a stroll through this enchanting woodland haven.
📍Tehidy Country Park, Camborne TR14 0TS
Dog Friendly Historic Sites in Cornwall
For those interested in history, Cornwall has a wealth of dog-friendly historic sites to explore. Here are a few notable attractions:
Tintagel Castle is a medieval fortification located on the north coast of Cornwall. The castle is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur and has been the subject of many legends and stories. Dogs are welcome at Tintagel Castle but must be kept on a lead at all times. The site has a cafe and gift shop, and visitors can explore the ruins and enjoy stunning views of the coast.
📍Tintagel Castle, Castle Road, Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 0HE
Pendennis Castle is a historic fortress located on a rocky headland in the town. It was built by King Henry VIII in the 1540s as part of his Device programme to protect against invasion from France and the Holy Roman Empire. The castle played a vital role in defending the Carrick Roads waterway at the mouth of the River Fal, and has been used for military purposes throughout the centuries, including during the English Civil War, the Napoleonic Wars, and both World Wars. Today, Pendennis Castle is owned by English Heritage and is open to the public as a popular tourist attraction.
Dogs are welcome at the castle but must be kept on a lead at all times.
📍 Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4LP
Pencarrow House is a beautiful Georgian mansion located near Bodmin in Cornwall. Set within 50 acres of stunning gardens and parkland, this historic estate has been owned by the Molesworth-St Aubyn family for over 500 years. Visitors to Pencarrow House can explore the elegant rooms, filled with fine art and antiques, as well as the impressive gardens featuring woodland walks, a Victorian rock garden, a lake, and a lovely Italian garden.
Pencarrow House is a dog-friendly attraction. While dogs are not permitted inside the main house, they are welcome to join their owners in exploring the extensive gardens and parkland. Dogs should be kept on a lead in the area around the outside of the house and the café as there are free-range chickens and peacocks roaming, but for the rest of the grounds, you are free to let them run off some steam.
📍Pencarrow House, Pencarrow, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 3AG
Lanhydrock is a magnificent late Victorian country house and estate located near Bodmin. Owned and managed by the National Trust, Lanhydrock boasts a beautiful collection of rooms showcasing life during the Victorian era, as well as 1,000 acres of parkland, woodlands, and formal gardens. Visitors can explore the house, the stunning gardens, and the extensive network of walking and cycling trails throughout the estate.
Lanhydrock is a dog-friendly destination, but with some restrictions. Dogs are not allowed inside the house, the formal garden, or the children's play area. However, they are welcome in the parkland and woodlands, surrounding the house. There are designated dog walking areas and dog waste bins available for your convenience.
📍Lanhydrok, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 4AB
Dog-friendly Activities in Cornwall
Cornwall offers a variety of dog-friendly activities for both you and your furry friend to enjoy. Here are some of the most popular:
The Camel Trail
The Camel Trail is a 17-mile long, traffic-free route that runs from Padstow to Wenfordbridge. It's a great place to take your dog for a walk or cycle ride. The trail is flat and easy to navigate, making it suitable for all abilities. Along the way, you'll pass through picturesque countryside and the charming town of Wadebridge.
The South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path is a 630-mile long trail, England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath, stretching along the coastline of Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, and Dorset. While you may not be able to walk the entire trail with your dog, there are plenty of shorter sections that are dog-friendly. The path offers stunning views of the coastline and is a must-visit for any dog lover.
Bodmin Moor is generally considered to be a dog-friendly area, and there are plenty of walking trails where you can take your furry friend for a walk. However, it is important to keep in mind that some areas of the moor may have livestock, so it is important to keep your dog on a leash in those areas to prevent any incidents.
Some popular dog-friendly walking trails on Bodmin Moor include the Minions Heritage Centre Trail and Gold Diggings Quarry, which takes you through the heart of the moor and past several historic landmark. There is also the Colliford Lake Park Trail, which offers stunning views of the lake and surrounding countryside, and Siblyback Lake, which offers a picturesque setting for a leisurely stroll.
Loe Pool, also known as Loe Bar, is the largest natural freshwater lake in Cornwall. It's situated near the town of Helston and separated from the sea by a shingle bank known as Loe Bar. The pool and surrounding area are part of the Penrose Estate, which is managed by the National Trust. The area features diverse habitats, including woodland, farmland, and wetland, making it a haven for wildlife and a popular spot for nature enthusiasts.
Loe Pool is dog-friendly, and dogs are welcome to explore the area with their owners. There are several walking trails around the pool, through the woodlands, and along the coastal paths, offering a variety of picturesque landscapes for you and your canine companion to enjoy. However, it's essential to keep your dog under control, preferably on a lead, to protect the wildlife and ensure the safety and enjoyment of other visitors.
📍Loe Bar, Cornwall, TR12 7PY.
Golitha Falls is a beautiful National Nature Reserve located near Liskeard. The falls are formed by the River Fowey as it cascades through a wooded gorge, creating a series of picturesque waterfalls and rapids. The surrounding area is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to its diverse woodland flora and fauna. With a network of walking trails that meander through the ancient oak woodland, Golitha Falls offers a tranquil setting for nature lovers and walkers alike.
Golitha Falls is dog-friendly, and dogs are welcome to join their owners in exploring the enchanting woodland and riverside paths. With its mix of open spaces and shaded trails, Golitha Falls is a perfect place for a leisurely walk or a more challenging hike with your four-legged friend.
📍Golitha Falls, Draynes, St Cleer, Liskeard, PL14 6RU
Dog-friendly Attractions in Cornwall
The Eden Project
The Eden Project is a world-famous attraction that features two large biomes containing thousands of plant species from around the world.
Dogs are allowed in the outdoor gardens at no extra charge, and there are plenty of open spaces for them to run around in. However, dogs are not allowed inside the Biomes, with the exception of guide dogs. The Eden Project website offers a guide to bringing dogs to the attraction, which includes information on where dogs are allowed and the rules and regulations that apply
📍Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG
Cornish Seal Sanctuary
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek is generally considered to be a dog-friendly attraction. Dogs on leads are welcome in all areas of the sanctuary, with the exception of the Seal Hospital and the Cafe (although there is sheltered outdoor seating available). It is important to ensure that your dog's vaccinations are up to date, and that they are well-behaved and kept on a lead at all times.
📍The Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek, Cornwall, TR12 6UG.
Healy's Cornish Cyder Farm
Healey's Cyder Farm near Truro is considered a dog-friendly attraction. Dogs are allowed in the outdoor seating areas and on the tours of the farm, as long as they are kept on a lead at all times. However, dogs are not allowed inside the production hall or jam kitchen.
📍Healeys, Penhallow, Truro, Cornwall, TR4 9LW
Lappa Valley near Newquay is a family-friendly attraction known for its scenic steam train rides that take visitors through a beautiful wooded valley, as well as its outdoor play areas, nature trails, and indoor soft play centre.
Dogs are allowed in the park, but they must be kept on a lead at all times and are not allowed on the trains or in the play areas.
📍Lappa Valley, St Newlyn East, Newquay, TR8 5LX
The Minack Theatre is an open-air theatre located in Porthcurno. It's built into the side of a cliff overlooking the sea, and it's known for its stunning views and unique setting. The theatre hosts a range of performances throughout the year, including plays, musicals, and concerts.
When it comes to bringing your furry friend along, it is important to note that dogs are generally not allowed in the theatre or on the seating terraces. However, dogs are allowed in the gardens and picnic areas outside of the theatre, as long as they are kept on a lead and under control at all times. There are also several dog-friendly walking trails in the surrounding area that offer stunning views of the coastline and countryside.
📍Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 6JU
Geevor Tin Mine
Step back in time at the Geevor Tin Mine near Penzance, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This historic mine offers guided underground tours, an interactive museum, and the opportunity to try your hand at panning for gold.
Dogs are allowed on the site but are not allowed in the underground mine itself.
📍Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 7EW
Dog Friendly Attractions: A Recap
Cornwall is a fantastic destination for dog owners looking for a break with their furry friend. With miles of coastal walks, countryside rambles, and dog-friendly beaches, there is no shortage of things to do and see with your dog.
From historic castles to beautiful gardens and family-friendly beaches, Cornwall has something for every type of dog owner. The Eden Project, Geevor Tin Mine, and Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm are just a few of the many dog-friendly attractions in Cornwall that you can explore with your furry friend.
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