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4 Dog friendly days out in Cornwall

Want to explore some of Cornwall’s best attractions with your four legged friend? Not a problem! 

Cornwall is super dog friendly year round and many of the best sites are open to visitors with paws. Here are four of our favourite dog friendly days out in Cornwall…

But before you begin, browse through our Cornwall holiday cottages.

1. Wander around the Lost Gardens of Heligan

Can you find the iconic sleeping giant at Heligan gardens?

Image credit to the Lost Gardens of Heligan

Explore over 200 acres of stunning Cornish garden with your pooch by your side. Just 25 years ago Heligan was overgrown and forgotten, it was only the chance discovery of a door amongst the tangle of weeds that led to the restoration of this magnificent estate. Today you can explore Europe’s largest garden restoration with your four legged friend in tow, just make sure to keep them on their lead. Together you can check out the Victorian productive gardens, wander through the jungle area and spot giant rhubarb and bananas. Upon arrival you’ll be handed a free map of the gardens, which clearly marks out dog waste bins for ease! Find out more about their dog policy and even watch a video tour from a dog’s perspective.


2. See the end of the country at Land’s End

Marvel at the beauty of the most westerly point of England. Land's End makes for a good day out walking the wild west of Cornwall.

Image credit to Land's End Landmark

If you’re coming all the way to Cornwall, it’s worth going just a little further to see the end of the country. And the aptly named Land’s End isn’t just a point on the map; it’s a whole fun-packed attraction!  The visitor centre is plonked atop the cliffs that have been carved out over time by the rough seas of the Atlantic Ocean so this is a great spot for nature lovers. You’ll find plenty of seabirds and you might even be lucky enough to spot a dolphin, seal or basking shark. Grab a bite to eat at one of the many eateries, pick up handmade souvenirs at the Greeb Farm craft centre or visit the RSPB wildlife centre to learn more about the natural world in this stunning part of the county. It’s free to visit Land’s End – you just pay for parking. With easy access to the coastal path and one hundred acres of natural landscape onsite, it’s the perfect place to bring your pup. Many of the main attractions have closed now for winter maintenance, but they’ll be open and ready for businesses again in spring 2018. Check out their dog policy in full on their website and start plotting your Land’s End adventure.


3. Meet rescued seals at The Seal Sanctuary

Admire the lovely seal pups on a spring day out to the seal sanctuary.

Image credit to Gweek Seal Sanctuary

Watch marine welfare in action at the county’s only seal rescue centre. On your visit you will learn all about the work involved in rescuing and rehabilitating seals. If you visit during pup season you might also get to see some of the rescued pups. During your day here you’ll get to see seals and sea lions feed as well as meet other residents including otters, penguins and paddock animals. You’ll also find a woodland quiz trail, café and two gift shops to explore. Sat on the Helford River in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the views aren’t bad either. Check out their dog policy and start planning your trip to see the seals!


4. Go back in time at Pendennis Castle 

The fortress of Pendennis castle stands on the edge of Falmouth guarding Pendennis Point.

Image credit to English Heritage

If you are your canine companion are history buffs we can’t recommend Pendennis Castle enough! One of Henry VIII's finest coastal fortresses, the castle has helped defend Cornwall against attacks since the Tudor times. On your visit you’ll see how the castle has changed over times by walking around the site, learning in the discovery centre and hearing the noon day gun fire (between April and October). Coastal lovers are in for a treat too; this castle dominates a headland and benefits from panoramic views of Falmouth town, beaches and sea.  Enjoy a Cornish dish with a historical Tudor twist at the airy new café. And the best news? TripAdvisor is filled with glowing reports from delighted dog owners saying dogs on leads are welcome nearly everywhere, excluding inside the café (there is plenty of outdoor seating however). Find out more about Pendennis Castle and organise your trip.

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