10 dog-friendly attractions in Cornwall when they can’t go to the beach

Cornwall is one of the best places for a family with a dog. With miles of country walks, open beaches and woodland, there’s no reason to leave your furry friend behind when you’re on the go. Beaches are perhaps one of the most popular choices for dog walkers across the county, but when it comes to a certain time of year, a number of dog bans are put in place. along the coastline.

According to the Cornwall Council website, three Cornish beaches have a year-round dog ban, while 44 others have restrictions for dogs during the holiday season, with exact dates for each available online. During the hot summer months it is recommended that dogs not spend too much time in the heat, so the beach is not the best place to visit during this time anyway.

This means that sometimes you may be looking for a different place to take your dog, whether indoors or on a ride at an attraction with plenty of shade and water to accommodate your pet. So we’ve put together a list of some of the best attractions in the county to take your dog to, instead of the beach.

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While some regions have strict rules about where dogs can go on their site, others allow your four-legged friend to walk with you – on a leash of course. From gardens to ancient castles, here’s a list of 10 dog-friendly attractions in Cornwall.

Do you know of any other dog-friendly attractions in Cornwall? Let us know in the comments below.

The Lost Garden of Heligan, Pentewan, St Austell



The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The mysterious gardens and estate offer over 200 acres to explore. Look for the Giant’s Head, Maid and Gray Lady all waiting to be discovered along the walk in the woods. There are plenty of woodland walks including one that takes you down into the valley where you can see the charcoal carving by a small stream – a lovely place to stop and eat.

Well behaved dogs are welcome, however, they ask that dogs be kept on a leash at all times as they have a variety of rare livestock and poultry around the site. Additionally, it minimizes disturbance to other visitors as well as resident wildlife.

There are a number of dog bins located around the gardens. On your arrival, you will receive a free map of the garden, on which the locations of the bins are clearly indicated.

Eden Project, peer



Eden project near St Austell
Eden project near St Austell

One of Cornwall’s most notorious attractions offers a truly unique experience as you immerse yourself in a tropical rainforest in a part of the world that doesn’t have the climate to sustain it. The Eden Project lets you trek through the world’s largest indoor rainforest and admire the colorful array of exotic plants and sculptures of the Mediterranean biome at the Eden Project in Par.

Dogs can enjoy miles of outdoor trails in Eden, but unfortunately they are not allowed in the biomes or other covered areas, with the exception of the Visitor Center (including ticket office and shop), core and stage – this does not apply to service dogs. They provide water bowls and a covered eating area for the dogs.

Mount Edgcumbe, Torpoint



Mount Edgcumbe near Torpoint

Located in Torpoint, enjoy fantastic walks with great views over Plymouth and plenty of lead-free walks along the paths, along the beach and in the woods. Mount Edgcumbe Home and Garden is a seaside park, with 865 acres of parkland and is Cornwall’s first landscape park, crossed by part of the South West Coastal Path. You can walk around the waterfront perimeter and admire the 18th century follies, fountains, seats and shelters along the way.

According to its website, dogs are welcome but must be restrained at all times.

Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek




See animal welfare in action at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek. Experience spectacular rescues and encounter seals, sea lions, otters, penguins and paddock animals. Visitors can also take a behind-the-scenes look at the only operating Seal Hospital in Cornwall.

According to their website, leashed dogs are welcome, but they require all vaccinations to be up to date and there are only a few areas where dogs are not allowed (this does not apply to dogs in assistance); The Seal Hospital and cafe – but they have sheltered outdoor seating. In all other areas dogs are permitted provided they are well behaved and kept on a leash.

Healeys Cyder Farm, between Truro and Newquay




Hidden between Truro and Newquay, this farm is home to the famous Rattler. There is a fascinating visitor centre, tea room, restaurant, farm animals and a tour.

Dogs on a leash are more than welcome at Healeys Cyder Farm, but there are two small exclusions – dogs are not allowed in the production halls or the jam factory for hygienic reasons. This means that you may have to take turns walking through these areas while someone stays with the pup.

Other than that, your furry family members can join you wherever you go, including on a tractor ride and dining out.

Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Bodmin



Bodmin and Wenford Railway

Experience the excitement and nostalgia of steam travel with a journey through time on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway. It is Cornwall’s only full-size railway still operated by steam locomotives and gives you the chance to experience Cornwall’s railway heritage.

They are very dog ​​friendly, but require you to purchase a £1.50 ticket for your pooch to travel on the daily service trains. Dog tickets allow your dog to travel with their paws on the floor, however, they ask you to ensure that your dog does not travel on the seats, not even a blanket, as this leaves hair for their next customers.

Dogs are welcome throughout the station and on board the trains, except around the bar area on the train, or where food is served, with the exception of service dogs. There are also water bowls on the platform at Bodmin General for dogs.

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Penzance



The Minack Theater
The Minack Theater

The theater faces south-east across the mouth of the English Channel, an area rich in wildlife and a wonderful place to experience the rugged beauty of the Cornish coast. If there are no performances, you can explore the open-air theater itself, take to the stage, explore the backstage aisles and gaze into the watery depths of the narrow ‘zawn’ almost below your feet.

Dogs on a leash are welcome during visiting hours, but no dogs other than guide dogs can be admitted to shows.

Pendennis Castle, Falmouth



Pendennis Castle in Falmouth

Built between 1540 and 1545, Pendennis Castle is part of the chain of coastal castles built by Henry VIII. It is now a popular English heritage attraction in Falmouth and there is a wide range of activities at the castle, including an interactive exhibition.

The castle site is located on the headland, so you can enjoy stunning 360 degree views of the magnificent sea beyond and enjoy a delicious coffee cream tea.

All dogs on a leash are welcome, including inside the buildings and around the park. There is also seating outside the cafe.

Adrenaline Quarry, Liskeard



Adrenaline career
Adrenaline career

Adrenalin Quarry is based near Liskeard and bills itself as the perfect place for the thrill seekers among us, living up to its name, with ziplines that reach up to 40mph, a giant swing atop a cliff, ax throwing, coasteering in the lake, camping in the woods and sleeping in hammocks under the stars.

It recently announced that it had expanded in time for its Easter opening and would now be the largest water park in the world, with new inflatables and a complex system of 56 elements and 59 connectors in total. For the water park, there are free lockers and showers, as well as a beautiful picnic lawn, a small beach, and free wild swimming.

Well-behaved leashed dogs are permitted on site but you are asked to supervise them at all times. Some areas are reserved for dogs during the busiest times.

Launceston Castle, Launceston




Situated on a large natural mound, Launceston Castle dominates the surrounding landscape. Once the administrative seat of the Earl of Cornwall, it was an important place where control could be exercised over the various estates in the region.

The castle has a colorful history as a prison of which George Fox, founder of the Quakers, was the most famous prisoner. It suffered harsh confinement to the castle in 1656. It is now an English heritage site and you can explore the castle’s long history in an exhibition that traces 1,000 years, with finds from excavations at the site.

Dogs are welcome on a lead, so there’s no reason to leave your four-legged friend behind.

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