Bringing your dog to Bodnant Garden

A dog up close licking the camera lens

With 80 acres to explore, from formal gardens to wilder meadows and woods, there's plenty for you and your pet to enjoy all year round, and a walk to suit all abilities. 

You can bring your dog all day, every day in low season (from the beginning of October to the end of March) and for #WagWednesday evening walkies in high season (5pm - 8pm from April right through until the end of September). So that means that apart from Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day (when the garden is closed) there's an opportunity to bring your dog to Bodnant Garden every week of the year.

Your feedback

We first trialled dog entry in 2013 and have been adapting the programme since, thanks to your feedback. We know many dog owners love bringing their pets with them when they visit; and that other people prefer to visit a dog-free garden, so we’ve tried to develop a programme that will allow all of our visitors the time and space they’d like in Bodnant Garden and one which enables us to maintain this very special Grade I listed garden. 

If you're visiting with your dog we ask that for the enjoyment of all our visitors (and the well being of our beds and orders) walkers stick to the paths and keep dogs are on short (not extendable) leads and pick up after yoyur pets. Short leads are available to borrow free of charge from the Visitor Welcome Centre when you arrive, along with poo bags, so please ask and our team will be happy to oblige!

For a wilder walkies, you can also visit neighbouring Parc Farm on the Great Orme in Llandudno with your dog. Our footpaths are open from June to December but for the safety of livestock and wildlife we ask that dogs are kept on leads. See our Parc Farm NT Facebook page here for more information: and take a look at our neighbouring NT Wales places to explore with your dog too.

In summer, if you wish to visit on a day when you're not able to bring your dog, you might be interested in nearby Tal y Cafn Kennels who offer a dog daycare service. We advise visitors against leaving dogs in cars, especially in hot weather.

If you'd like to find out more about bringing your dog to Bodnant Garden, and about access, read the review by regular visitor Julie Pigula: A visitor's view of disabled access at Bodnant Garden (PDF / 4.857421875MB) download