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Dogs love Cornwall and don't want to miss those Cornish days out. Millie the Cornish dog has set out some dog friendly days out in Cornwall and things to do with dogs in Cornwall - some she is able to recommend and some are still on her list to do. If you can recommend a dog friendly day out in Cornwall or dog friendly place in Cornwall we would love to hear from you. A map showing the locations of Days out with Dogs is at the bottom of the page.
The Lizard Peninsula Cornwall is a great place to visit and a good place for a day out with a dog in Cornwall. There are lots of dog friendly things to do and dog friendly places to visit such as long cliff walks with magnificent views, a visit to Lizard Point and the excellent and very dog friendly cafe there, the pretty harbour village of Coverack with the dog friendly Coverack Beach, Trelowarren Estate - a fantastic country estate with beautiful walks and for you a look around the village of Lizard with shops selling products made from serpentine, a special rock the area is famous for. You can also visit the viewing point for RNAS Culdrose the Royal Naval Base and see what is flying today. Read More about a dog friendly day on the Lizard Peninsula......
Mount’s Bay Cornwall is a beautiful bay with magnificent views out to sea and of St Michael’s Mount. This day follows Mount’s Bay from Marazion Cornwall to Mousehole Cornwall passing through Penzance and Newlyn - allowing you to explore whilst at the same time giving your dog a good walk – an ideal day out with a dog in Cornwall. Dog friendly places to eat and drink are recommended along the way. More information about dog friendly walk at Mount's Bay Cornwall...
Out of the main summer holiday season (when it is very busy) Newquay can be a great place to visit with a dog. Most of the Newquay beaches are dog friendly all year round giving your dog chance to have a good run and play and there are some cliff paths with stunning views (please keep dogs on leads by cliff edges as every year dogs in Cornwall fall to their deaths over cliffs) for enjoyable walks.
The walk described here takes you right around Newquay taking in beaches and cliff views. You can follow all the walk or just parts of it depending on how far you would like to walk. A walk around Newquay Cornwall.
Heartlands a dog friendly attraction
Pool, Nr Redruth Cornwall
With 19 acres to explore there is so much to have a look (and a sniff) at. Set in the shadow of an iconic Cornish engine house, Heartlands has brought the former derelict mining landscape at Robinson’s Shaft back to life through extensive renovation and hard work.
The result is a free dog friendly attraction in Cornwall which makes a great day out with a dog and really does have something for all the family. There is even a great dog friendly place to eat, The Red River Cafe at Heartlands allows dogs on leads and is good for meals, drinks and snacks.
Heartlands also has a full and varied year-round events programme and so there is always something going on with an exciting mix of farmers markets, cultural festivals, art exhibitions and theatre (please check in advance which events are dog friendly and suitable for dogs).
Open every day of the year (except Christmas and Boxing Day). Read more about Heartlands.
If you are looking for dog friendly things to do in Cornwall then Tanglewood Gardens look like a great place to visit. Well behaved dogs on leads are very welcome at these wild gardens.
You and your dog can run, walk or just sit and enjoy the tranquility, peacefulness and wonderful wildlife. All efforts have been made to keep the garden natural with sympathetic planting of native trees and plants, mixed with some exotics.
Tanglewood is probably not for those who prefer the more formal, manicured style of garden but if you are looking for dog friendly things to do in Cornwall then Tanglewood provides for a great day out. It is also very family friendly and offers something for every generation. The gardens make an excellent spot for a picnic so pack up some delicious local Cornish goodies and find your idyllic spot.
Read more about Tanglewood Gardens Cornwall
Bodmin moor area is a great place to visit with a dog in Cornwall and offers some beautiful scenery, the chance to get away from the crowds and enjoy the tranquillity and the opportunity for a long or short dog walk depending on your mood. This suggested outing includes two great dog friendly places to eat in Cornwall for those all important refreshments.
Start your day with a great breakfast at the dog friendly café the Snail’s Pace Café (seasonal opening) at Wenfordbridge near Bodmin Moor. There is free parking nearby. You can then enjoy a walk along the beautiful Camel Trail. Or, enjoy your walk and then visit the café for a tasty lunch or drink.
This unique ‘off grid’ café is set around a recycled shipping container and makes the most of seasonal and ethical options such as their use of free range meat. Tasty sounding vegetarian options and daily specials are always offered as well as cakes, cream teas and a good variety of hot and cold drinks read more.
The Camel Trail at Wenfordbridge is a quieter section of the Trail. This first part of the trail follows the river as it comes off Bodmin Moor through quiet woodlands and glorious countryside. An ideal place to explore. The Trail follows the line of the former railroad which carried granite and china clay from quarries to waiting ships in Padstow, and runs some 17 miles from Padstow to Wenford Bridge via Wadebridge & Bodmin. The trail is used as a popular cycle route, by horse riders and by walkers – it is therefore important that dogs are kept under control to avoid accidents and incidents.
From here you can drive onto the famous Jamaica Inn (open all year) which is found high up on the wild and beautiful Bodmin Moor and is a dog friendly pub in Cornwall (a doggy treat awaits your dog at the bar on arrival). Bodmin Moor was used as a location in the filming of the recent series of Poldark. The pub serves food all day and so depending on your timing you can enjoy lunch, dinner or light bites or just pop in for a drink. If you telephone in advance they will prepare a picnic for you to take on your walk.
Whilst there you can take a look at their fascinating Smugglers’ Museum where tales of wreckers, murderers and villains are brought wonderfully to life and at the Daphne du Maurier memorial room. You may even meet the resident ghost!
Before or after your visit to the Inn you can take a walk up to Brown Willey, the highest point in Cornwall (the summit is 1,378 feet above sea level), some 2 ½ miles across Bodmin Moor (the route is available from the Jamaica Inn). Or the Jamaica Inn suggests a basic hike from Codda Ford just north of the Inn up Leskernick Hill and onto Buttern Hill before turning west for Brown Willy. Then over Cornwall's highest peak to return across Catshole Downs. The walk is roughly 6 miles. Or for a more gentle amble head from the Inn to the beautiful Dozmary Pool (which holds the famous Lady of the Lake from the legend of King Arthur and is where Excalibur was thrown) A mere one and a half miles of country lanes and then pathway. Click for more walk details.
Please make sure you take advice and check the weather before setting off onto the Moor, if there is any likelihood of rain or mist then postpone your walk for another day (and just relax in the pub), please also make sure you are properly equipped for a walk on the Moor and conditions you may encounter.
This day out was kindly recommended to us by one of our doggie viewers Barney who lives in Mylor. Thanks Barney!
The charming Mylor Harbour is situated close to Falmouth in Cornwall and can be reached by a beautiful walk from Flushing to Mylor over the stunning Penarrow point, by a water taxi operating between Falmouth and Mylor (weather permitting, throughout the season) which takes in the stunning sights along the Fal River or by car.
Set in an area of outstanding beauty for outdoor lovers Mylor has a lots to offer and many nice dog walks in Cornwall to be had. Peaceful days by the Creek, a stroll around the harbour, beautiful walks, stunning scenery, water sports and Mylor Church which is steeped in history to explore. The beach is sheltered and suitable for family days out and picnics. It is possible to hire boats and canoes and to arrange sailing lessons. Mylor beach is a dog friendly beach in Cornwall and so ideal for a days out with dogs in Cornwall.
For those essential refreshments Mylor Cafe is a very dog friendly place to eat in Cornwall and even has a Wednesday morning doggie get together where you can meet other dogs and owners, enjoy a hot drink a walk together and then a well earned bowl of soup.
Gratefully recommended to us by Henry one of our doggy viewers this could be a whole day or couple of hours. Holywell Bay is situated just 5 miles outside Newquay and is a glorious stretch of golden sands which is dog friendly all year and was voted 4th best view in England and No1 for the best beach in England by the National Trust. Above the beach is the Pirans Inn Pub which is a very dog friendly pub for a drink or food or the Treguth a lovely thatched roof pub very quaint, good food and dog friendly both recommended by Henry.
Newlyn Art Gallery and Exchange Gallery Penzance
Dog friendly art galleries
Newlyn & Penzance Cornwall
See some of the art the Cornwall area is so famous for in one of these two beautiful galleries. We are really pleased to see that the galleries have both recently made the decision to allow dogs and we really hope this works for them. With two venues they are able to offer a wide and varied programme across two sites, showcasing the very best of national and international contemporary art, as well as work by some of the best artists currently working in the region. Free admission. Definitely worth a visit. Well behaved dogs are welcome in both galleries. newlynartgallery.co.uk
The treasure park is a free attraction in Cornwall which allows dogs. You pay for the activities you want to do. It has indoor areas so is good in the rain. The main focus is on a selection of impressive jewellery shops. Running alongside are a build your own bear place, craft shop where you can paint your own things, 'panning for gold or semi precious stones, crazy golf, various other entertainment outlets and jewellery workshops all linked by twisting paths, quiet streams and water wheels. There is also a restaurant with varied menu (dogs are allowed in) where you can enjoy meals, coffee, cakes and Sunday lunch.
There is a large free car parks surrounded by grass areas (and the strong smell of rabbit) for dogs to stretch their legs and have a comfort break before entering the main area but please make sure you clean up after your dog or else they will end up being banned. www.treasureparks.com
Dogs are very welcome to go around the gardens and grounds on a lead and on Wednesday afternoons may run free on the Park. The Long Gallery Tea Room also welcomes dogs and is open each day for lunch and afternoon tea. Dogs are not allowed in the House, but the grounds look impressive and maybe someone could enjoy a cup of tea or walk with the dog whilst others enjoyed the house.
Port Eliot is considered to be one of the most romantic and concealed stately homes in England. A real family home, full of remarkable stories, visitors will be able to view the house very much as the day-to-day residence of Lord and Lady St Germans. Having gazed at the art and masterpieces, explore the beautiful grounds. Meander through the maze, stroll along the estuary and camellia garden. Seasonal opening times only so please check the website for details www.porteliot.co.uk
Events for 2014 Port Eliot Dog Festival to raise funds for the Childrens Hospice SW on 10th May 2014.
Eden Project - dog friendly tourist attraction
Eden Project, Bodelva,
Tel: 01726 811911
Located in Cornwall, the Eden Project is one of the UK’s top gardens and eco tourist attractions. They can provide a fun family day out for the whole family, including the dog! The Eden Project is a dog friendly attraction in Cornwall. You can visit their beautiful gardens, with miles of outdoor pathways and good dog walks for your dog to enjoy. There are also dedicated dog friendly facilities, including waste bins, water for dogs, and an undercover dining area where dogs are welcome.
Please note that dogs are not allowed in the Biomes or in other undercover areas, apart from the Visitor Centre. For more info see their website.
Trelissick Park is a beautiful place to walk with a dog in Cornwall and there are marked circular walks, from about 2 to 5 miles, with beautiful views. There is a map near to the parking area and so you can decide which walk or walks to take. Dogs are not allowed into the official National Trust Gardens. There is a gallery exhibiting local arts and crafts in which well behaved clean dogs are sometimes allowed at their discretion and a cafe which does not allow dogs inside but has outside seating (although in my opinion it does not offer good value for the prices charged). Free entrance for National Trust members, otherwise you pay to park.
From here you could venture across on the King Harry passenger and car ferry (which runs regularly in the day 7 days a week) to the Roseland Peninsula and explore here.....
Tel: 01872 862090
Lappa Valley Steam Railway is a dog friendly attraction in Cornwall and welcomes well behaved dogs on leads throughout the site including the cafe and trains (charges may apply).
Set in the Lappa Valley this looks a fun place to visit and is on Millie’s to do list. There are three separate miniature railways, protected areas where wildlife thrives, boating lake, maze, crazy golf, play areas, woodland walks and nature trials and 9 hole golf course.
Lappa Valley Steam Railway,
St. Newlyn East,
Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 5LX Tel: 01872 510317
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is a dog friendly attraction in Cornwall and allows dogs on a lead. Set in the pretty village of Gweek Cornwall in the picturesque Helford Estuary, the Gweek Seal Sanctuary is a great place to visit, giving the opportunity to see the seals and other animals up close. Excellent for children with a quiz trail running through the sanctuary. The original purpose of the Seal Sanctuary was to rescue seals particularly those found in need around Cornwall. They still do this and rescue, rehabilitation, and release many seals each year. Some seals can’t be released and stay on at the centre where they can be seen as well as grey and common seals they also have Fur Seals, Californian & Patagonian Sea Lions as well as otters, penguins, sheep, ponies and goats.
Read more about the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Trebah Gardens could make a great day out with a dog in Cornwall, especially for garden lovers. They are a dog friendly attraction in Cornwall allowing dogs on leads throughout the gardens. The fantastic gardens are rated among the 80 finest gardens in the world and present a sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. They even have their own secluded beach on the Helford River with views out to the Cornish sea. In Spring you can see Rhododendrons, Magnolias and Camellias, Summer Giant Gunnera, Autumn Hydrangea Valley and in Winter spectacular trees. Great for a dog walk.
Trebah Garden Trust, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 5JZ Tel: 01326 252200 www.trebahgarden.co.uk
Healey’s Cornish Cyder farm is a dog friendly attraction in Cornwall, sounds fun and is definitely on our to do list! They allow dogs at the Cyder Farm providing they are kept on leads but they are not allowed in the jam kitchen or the Restaurant.
The Cyder Farm is home to Cornish Rattler and the Cornish Scrumpy Co Ltd. Offers free entry, free parking, free tasting, chance to ‘watch us work’, farm animals and tractor rides.
Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm, Penhallow, Truro, Cornwall TR4 9LW Tel: 01872 573356 www.thecornishcyderfarm.co.uk
We have never visited but this looks a good place to visit if you have children with you. Holywell Bay Fun Park is a dog friendly attraction in Cornwall and dogs are allowed all over the park except inside the Diner - but there is seating outside. As far as I know they are allowed in Woody's (a cafe) inside and out. You pay for the things you want to do as you go along. Entry and parking is free. They have F1 Go Karts & 2 Seater Star Cars,Thunder Racing, 18 hole Pitch & Putt, shooting range, sand and digger pits, bouncy castles, panning for gold to name a few things.
Holywell Bay Fun Park, Holywell Bay, Newquay, Cornwall TR8 5PW Tel: 01637 830095 www.holywellbayfunpark.co.uk
Wheal Martyn Museum is a dog friendly attraction in Cornwall and could make a different day out with your dog. It is The UK's only China Clay Museum. You can find out more about Cornwall’s rich China Clay heritage in the indoor interactive visitor, explore the 26 acre Country Park with woodland walks, nature trials, children’s play area and adventure course. See a modern China Clay pit at work with monitor jets and giant machinery. They also have Cornwall’s largest working water wheel and good access to Clay Trails cycle route. This could be a good day out with your dog in Cornwall.
Wheal Martyn, Carthew, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 8XG Tel 01726 850362 www.wheal-martyn.com
For a magical day out in Cornwall which is dog friendly, visit Tintagel Castle. Set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast, Tintagel Castle offers dramatic views, fascinating ruins and beach cafe making it a perfect day trip, ideal for those on holiday in Cornwall. Tintagel Castle is steeped in legend and mystery; said to be the birthplace of King Arthur, you can still visit the nearby Merlin's Cave. The castle also features in the tale of Tristan and Isolde. With a history stretching as far back as the Romans, Tintagel Castle is one of the most iconic visitor attractions in the south west. Dogs welcome on leads.
Tintagel Castle, Castle Road, Tintagel, North Cornwall, PL34 0HE Tel: 01840 770328 www.english-heritage.org.uk/tintagel
Chysauster Ancient Village - dogs allowed
This Iron Age settlement was originally occupied almost 2,000 years ago. The village consisted of stone-walled homesteads known as 'courtyard houses', found only on the Land's End peninsula and the Isles of Scilly. The houses line a 'village street', and each had an open central courtyard surrounded by a number of thatched rooms. There are also the remains of an enigmatic 'fogou' underground passage. Dogs are welcome on leads.
Chysauster Ancient Village, Newmill, Penzance, West Cornwall, TR20 8XA Tel: 01736 757934 www.english-heritage.org.uk/chysauster
Launceston Castle - dogs allowed
Set on a large natural mound, Launceston Castle dominates the surrounding landscape and is dog friendly. Started soon after the Norman Conquest, the focus is an unusual keep consisting of a 13th century round tower built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, inside an earlier circular shell-keep. The tower top is now reached via an internal staircase. The castle long remained a prison and George Fox, founder of the Quakers, suffered harsh confinement here in 1656. A display traces 1,000 years of history, with finds from site excavations. Dogs welcome on leads.
Launceston Castle, Castle Lodge, Launceston, North Cornwall, PL15 7DR Tel: 01566 772365 www.english-heritage.org.uk/launceston
Restormel Castle - dogs allowed
The great 13th century circular shell-keep of Restormel still encloses the principal rooms of the castle in remarkably good condition. It stands on an earlier Norman mound surrounded by a deep dry ditch, atop a high spur beside the River Fowey. Twice visited by the Black Prince, it finally saw action during the Civil War in 1644. It commands fantastic views and is a favourite picnic spot. When you visit keep an eye out for 'Tetraphasis Obscurus', the 'Black Pheasant' that prowls the castle grounds. Dogs welcome on leads
Restormel Castle, Restormel Road, Lostwithiel, South Cornwall, PL22 0EE Tel: 01208 872687 www.english-heritage.org.uk/restormel
St Mawes Castle-dogs allowed
St Mawes Cornwall
St Mawes Castle is among the best-preserved of Henry VIII's coastal artillery fortresses, and the most elaborately decorated of them all. One of the chain of forts built between 1539 and 1545 to counter an invasion threat from Catholic France and Spain, it guarded the important anchorage of Carrick Roads, sharing the task with Pendennis Castle on the other side of the Fal estuary. It is still bedecked with carved Latin inscriptions in praise of King's Henry VIII and his son Edward VI. Easily falling to a landward attack by Civil War Parliamentarian forces in 1646, it remained neglected until partial re-arming during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Dogs welcome on leads.
St Mawes Castle, Castle Drive, St Mawes, West Cornwall TR2 5DE Tel: 01326 270526 www.english-heritage.org.uk/stmawes
Pendennis Castle - dogs allowed
Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, is one of the finest of the mighty fortresses built by Henry VIII to defend the country against invasion and is a dog friendly attraction in Cornwall. The castle has seen action in many conflicts and was one of the last royalist strongholds to fall during the English Civil War.You can witness a Tudor gun deck in action here and see how the Guardhouse was equipped during the First World War. This award-winning visitor attraction in the south west also boasts an exciting interactive exhibition where you can experience the sights and sounds of battle and relive an enemy attack on a Second World War observation post. Dogs welcome on leads.
Pendennis Castle, Castle Road, Falmouth, West Cornwall, TR11 4LP Tel: 01326 316594 www.english-heritage.org.uk/pendennis
Car Boots - many are dog friendly
Carboots – in the summer months – Carboots can be something different to do and a chance to pick up a bargain or holiday souvenir. Cornwall has a number of carboots, mainly in the summer months and dogs are allowed to a lot of them. Check with the organiser before you go for an up to date answer on if their carboot is dog friendly.
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