There’s no doubt that Cornwall’s dog-friendly credentials will certainly leave tails wagging. Blessed with a wealth of places to eat, trek and discover together, we would even go as far as to say that our home county is somewhat of a doggy paradise. If exploring and soaking up a good amount of culture is high on the agenda for your break, you’ll be pleased to hear that dogs are welcome at some of our favourite local attractions…
Eden Project, Bodelva
You’ll undoubtedly have heard of Eden Project, the world’s largest indoor rainforest, but did you know it was voted the best dog-walking destination in the world in 2018? Dogs are positively encouraged to explore, and whilst they won’t be able to enter the biomes (assistance dogs are welcome throughout the whole Eden site), they will surely enjoy the miles of outdoor paths, including a network of bridle paths and trails. Eden also provides water bowls and an undercover dining area for visitors with dogs – all they ask is you keep them on their lead for the duration of your visit.
Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is a charity that rescues grey seal pups from around the Cornish coast. Whilst visiting the sanctuary you can experience wonderful marine animals, and well-behaved dogs on leads are very welcome and permitted in most areas. After meeting the residents, roam over forty acres of land, enjoy a Cornish ice cream, or hitch a ride on the Land Train (a lovely option for older dogs). They also have doggy treats at reception which their Front of House team are always very happy to give away!
Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm, Penhallow
Healey’s Cornish Cyder farm produces spirits, wines, Scrumpy, preserves and ciders, and offers free entry. There’s lots to keep you and your dog entertained throughout the day such as a visit to the first distillery and combined cellars in Cornwall for 300 years, seeing the farmyard animals, exploring the shop, visiting the museum, and even a tractor ride! If you wanted to pay the small fee to have a guided tour you may take your dog along (with the exception of the jam making room). See the apple juicing machine and historic cider making equipment, and finish up with a tasting session at the end.
Minack Theatre, Porthcurno
The Minack Theatre is Cornwall’s world famous open-air theatre, carved into the granite cliff and set in glorious gardens. Day visitors can explore this spectacular open-air theatre and discover how the theatre was created from a cliffside only eighty years ago. Dogs are allowed in on leads during day visits as you can take in the extraordinary scenery, but not during evening performances. A top tip – if you’re visiting from October to April, drop down onto the beautiful Porthcurno beach for a run and a quick dip in the turquoise sea.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan
If you’re looking for a picturesque walking spot, The Lost Gardens of Heligan will be hard to beat. It’s Europe’s largest restoration project, having been transformed into the mysterious gardens and estate that offer over 200 acres for exploration. There is much to be discovered along the Woodland Walk, such as the Giant’s Head, Mud Maid and Grey Lady. Well-behaved dogs on short leads are welcome to the gardens all year round providing a fantastic place to walk your four-legged friend.
If this has left you wanting to pack your suitcase and grab the lead, find out about dog-friendly stays at Bedruthan here.