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Dog Friendly Days Out

We love dogs as much as you do, so there's no reason to leave your furry friend at home. We've got lots of options for dog friendly days out at our castles, abbeys and historic gardens. Scroll down to discover the historic places where you can take your pet on an adventure that will really get their tails wagging.

Please note: Always keep your dog on a lead when you're in fields with livestock, and please clean up after your pet. See specific site pages for details.

Top picks by region

Here are our top picks of historic places in the north, south, east and west of England that we think you and your dog will love exploring.

You can also view a full list of our dog friendly properties.

North of England - Top Pick

A dog scratches himself at Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle

North Yorkshire

Dogs love running around the castle ruins of Scarborough Castle — and you will too. Explore panoramic views of the Yorkshire coastline, play on the grassy headland then enjoy a cuppa — and a bowl of water — on the picnic tables beside the Master Gunner's House.

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South of England - Top Pick

Pendennis Castle


Pendennis Castle is one of Henry VIII's finest coastal fortresses, and now you and your dog can explore the historic place that once protected the Cornish coast. A high, rocky headland offers dramatic views to sea where you can find a patch of grass to stop and admire the ocean, collect your thoughts or chase your tail in the fresh air.


Visit Pendennis

London and East of England - Top Pick



With 112 acres of grounds, Kenwood is a retreat for you and your canine companion away from the hustle and bustle of the capital city. On the edge of Hampstead Heath, Kenwood is a popular destination for walkers and their dogs, featuring winding paths, an ancient woodland and gardens landscaped by Sir Humphrey Repton. 

Visit Kenwood

West of England - Top Pick

Beeston Castle


Big or small, dogs can sniff about the 40-acre woodland park and drag their owners along for a day out at Beeston Castle. From the castle's dramatic hilltop location you can enjoy spectacular views of the countryside while your dog explores the great outdoors. If it's a clear day you can see from the Pennines to the Welsh mountains as you soak up the castle's 4000-year history. 

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Full List of Dog Friendly Properties

Find a great historic place near you to visit with your dog.

Dog Friendly Holiday Cottages

Treat yourself and your dog to a stay in one of our dog friendly holiday cottages. Sleep within the grounds of a castle, abbey or stately home at one of our picks for the best places to stay with your best friend.

Please note, all holiday cottages are limited to two dogs and a charge of £30 per dog is required (excluding hearing and guide dogs).

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  • Callie's Cottage, Pendennis

    Built in the early 1900s this former Sergeant's Mess has been converted into a stylish two-bedroom holiday cottage and is located in the heart of Pendennis Castle.

  • No 1 Sovereign's Gate, Osborne

    This cottage has its own private garden where you can relax and enjoy the grandeur of Osborne and its estate. Choose from one of two cottages.


    Soak up the serenity of the ruins of what was once one of the wealthiest abbeys in the country. Rievaulx Abbey is a treat no matter what end of the leash you're on.

  • South Lodge, Battle Abbey

    Wake up next to one of the most famous battlefields in history where King Harold clashed with William the Conqueror in the Battle of Hastings.

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