Cornwall is a fantastic destination for a dog friendly holiday. As well as miles of coastal walks, countryside rambles and beaches, we also have many tourist attractions who are happy to welcome your dog. We have narrowed down the top picks of where to visit with your dog, come rain or shine.
1) Eden Project, St Austell
There is so much to see and explore for all the family at the Eden Project dubbed by some locals as the eighth wonder of the world. The attraction, situated near St Austell, hosts two grand biomes that house the world’s largest indoor rainforest as well as being a giant educational greenhouse showcasing different global flora and fauna. The sad news is that dogs are not permitted within the delicate eco-systems found within the domes themselves but are welcome within the Eden outdoor gardens and the vast grounds and pathways that surround them.
2) The Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is a go-to spot for anyone visiting the county. A working seal rescue centre, based in Gweek, the sanctuary provides a lifetime home for some of the sick, injured or orphaned seals that wash up on the Cornish coastline every year. This top destination is not only set in beautiful countryside fit for a great walk it is also incredibly dog friendly, and has even been named by Cesar Dog Food as being a top dog friendly attraction.
3) The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Mevagissey
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, meaning ‘willow tree garden’ in Cornish, are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The gardens, which are near Mevagissey, were originally created by members of the Tremayne family way back in the mid-18th century but the gardens were neglected after the first world war and only restored some 25 years ago to much acclaim. The gardens themselves are very welcoming to Dogs. There is even a ‘dogs eve view’ video on site to show you how your four legged friend will view the gardens. However dogs must be kept on leads at all times due to livestock. They also aren’t allowed in the tearoom or the stewardry so be sure to bring provisions.
4) Tintagel Castle, Tintagel
A visit to Tintagel Castle is like stepping back in time. Positioned high on the rugged North Cornwall coast, Tintagel Castle offers great walks with stunning views, fascinating ruins and an accessible beach cafe. The castle is steeped in legend and mystery; said to be the birthplace of King Arthur, you can still visit the nearby Merlin’s Cave. 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.
We hope that gives you some ideas for where you can take your canine friend when you’re visiting the west country. If you have any additional top ideas for tourist attractions that allow our four legged friends in the south west, please get in touch.