Bring your dog to Beningbrough

Dog walking in Beningbrough's gardens

After the three month waggy tail dog trial our supporters have overwhelmingly voted for access and so we are pleased to announce that you can now enjoy a day out with your dog to selected parts of Beningbrough's eight acre garden.

Significant numbers of National Trust supporters have been asking us to allow dogs into the gardens for some time now and as a member organisation, it’s important that we listen; however we are aware that not everyone is keen to see dogs in the garden. We ran the three month trial to think about the best way forward. During this time we encouraged feedback via the voting board, emails and chatting to the team. The result is that 85% of supporters voted overwelmingly in favour of full access, 10% didn't want any dog access and 5% wanted to see partial access. We have made the decision to allow daily dog access throughout the year to the gardens on open days.  

The gardens

We have eight acres of beautifully kept gardens and you can now share this with your four legged friends. Wander through the Pergola, stroll along the ha-ha walk with the views over the parkland or find a bench in the American Garden. We hope to bring new adventures for you and your dog.

There are some areas we have had to exclude so please read on for a few extra details.

Doggy dos and don’ts

We recognise that not everyone loves dogs, so we’ve put together a few essentials to ensure that visits to Beningbrough are fun for everyone.

  • Leads: please keep your dog on a short (non-extendable) lead. At busy places like Beningbrough, extendable leads can cause injury to other visitors. Please help us keep everyone safe. If you don’t have a short lead we can lend you one.
  • Dog walking areas: you can enjoy most of the gardens, with the exception of the children’s wilderness play area and the walled garden where produce is grown for the restaurant. Dogs are welcome in admissions, the shop and the Brew House. Assistance dogs can go in all buildings. Take a look at the dog free zones map (PDF / 0.3MB) download   or ask for a leaflet when you arrive.
  • Leaving your dog: for the comfort of your dog and everyone’s safety, please don’t tie up or leave your dog alone. If you need some help, just ask.
  • Dog waste: please pick up your dog’s poo and dispose of it in the bin. You’ll find one at the entrance of the walled garden opposite admissions and one in the corner of the car park near the path to the farm shop. If you run out of bags let us know as we have some.

Dining with your dog

Dogs are welcome in the Brew House when it's open during school holidays and on weekends. There's seating indoors and out. You'll find sandwiches, snacks, cakes, hot and cold drinks as well as ice creams for you and special canine ice cream for your dog too! We have also recently installed new toilets behind the Brew House.

Parkland walks

Dogs are welcome in the parkland anytime it’s open. With miles of paths to explore, you and your dog will be spoilt for choice. Take a look at the route or ask for a new parkland walks leaflet when you get to admissions.