Dog Friendly Attractions to Visit in Cornwall

March 20th, 2020

Please note, these are lovely places to enjoy after the Coronavirus social distancing measures have passed. In the meantime please do follow the governments advice.

It doesn’t feel like a real family holiday if the whole family can’t be there. Unfortunately, when you jet off abroad or cruise around the world, a crucial member of the family usually has to be left behind; your dog.


When enjoying a staycation in Cornwall, however, this is far from the case, as a dog-friendly holiday in Cornwall means that everyone can be included, even your pup! Here we take a look at some of our top recommendations for truly dog-friendly attractions that the whole family can enjoy.



Heartlands celebrates Cornish mining heritage and is part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site. As well as exploring some of the old mining landscape and buildings, Heartlands is also home to delightful diaspora gardens, adventure playgrounds and art exhibits.


With a great deal of outdoor space to explore, Heartlands is an ideal location for bringing your dog along for a family day out. The onsite café, Red River Café, is also dog-friendly, allowing you to spend every moment on this fun day out together.



While the gardens of Trelissick do not allow access for dogs, the Trelissick estate includes miles of woodland and countryside that is perfect for dog walking. Stroll through the parkland, or explore the expanse of trees, where your dog can run free and play.


After your walk, head to the café at Trelissick for a refreshment. The sheltered courtyard area outside the café is dog-friendly, with water bowls available. You can also enjoy your own treat, in the form of tea and a nice slice of cake!



Trebah is a tropical garden with a beach, and the whole site is dog-friendly, as long as your pooch is kept on a lead. Explore the garden with your pup and make your way down to the river beach at the bottom, where they will love splashing in the water.


Trebah is well-suited to dogs, with many features making the gardens truly dog friendly. Dog bins can be found throughout the garden, with poo bags available for free if you have forgotten your own. Outside the visitors’ centre, there are water bowls, and dogs are also welcome on certain tables within the Trebah Kitchen café and on the garden terrace and picnic area.


Holywell Bay

Holywell Bay is dog-friendly, with dogs allowed on the beach all year round. This is lucky, as Holywell Bay is a perfect spot for pups, with wide expanses of golden sand and dunes to explore, as well as fresh-water streams to splash in.


Located 5 miles away from Newquay, this wonderful beach has been voted one of the best views in England, as well as being awarded the number one spot for the best beach in England by the National Trust.



Set into the rugged cliffs of Cornwall’s north coast, Tintagel Castle offers an immersive historical experience, as you climb the steps of this stunning landmark. Linked to the legend of King Arthur, this dramatic castle is likely to inspire all who visit.


As the ruins of a castle, much of this attraction is outdoors, so dogs are allowed to accompany you on your historical journey if they are kept on leads. However, there are a lot of steps involved, and the path leads around some cliff edges, so be sure that your dog is confident and able to walk in such conditions before you visit.


Cornish Seal Sanctuary

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary on the Helford Estuary is home to seals, sea lions, otters and penguins, amongst other exciting creatures who are recovering and rehabilitating at the sanctuary before release into the wild, when possible.


Dogs are allowed in the Cornish Seal Sanctuary if they are kept on a lead. However, you cannot bring your dog into the seal hospital area, in the children’s play area or in the café. The sanctuary is set within a lovely area of Cornwall that will offer plenty of walks in scenic countryside that you and your dog will enjoy after your visit to see the seals.


Where do you enjoy taking your dog when visiting in Cornwall? Leave a comment to let us know your favourite dog-friendly attractions and walk spots in this area!

4 top tips for having the best holiday possible with your four-legged friend!

April 10th, 2015

Just like us humans, dogs need, and enjoy, holidays too! You’ll know this if you’ve ever taken your four-legged friend to stay in one of our dog friendly Cornwall cottages. But if you’ve never taken your pooch on holiday then let us help with our 4 top tips to remember while you’re on holiday.