Bringing your dog to Bodnant Garden

Dog sitting by the pond on the Lily Terrace at Bodnant Garden

With 80 acres to explore, from formal gardens to wilder meadows and woods, there's a walk to suit everyone at Bodnant Garden.

If you're visiting with your dog we ask that for the enjoyment of all our visitors, for the wellbeing of our beds and borders and to protect local wildlife and livestock you stick to our paths and follow some simple guidelines. With our corporate partner Forthglade we've produced the Canine Code:

Take the lead: Please keep your pup on a short, not extendable lead. We have these free to loan from our Visitor Welcome Centre when you arrive (along with poo bags and dog treats) so please ask and our team will be happy to oblige.
Scoop that poop: Bag it and bin it to keep your favourite places beautiful - and our gardeners happy! You'll find doggie bins and water bowls around the garden.
Paws for thought: Look out for information signs and take extra care on cliff paths.
Be on the ball: Not everyone loves dogs, so keep yours close by.

On reopening the garden after lockdown, we know you and your dog will be as excited to return to Bodnant as we are to have you back. However please take extra care while walking with your pets at this time, to maintain social distancing between yourselves and our staff, volunteers and other visitors.

Give us your feedback

We understand that some people are not comfortable around dogs and in the past we've tested different ways to get the balance right for our visitors. This year we’ve simplified our admissions policy as a result of the pandemic. In order to give people clarity - in 2021 when the garden is open it will be open for all, with and without dogs.

We’ll review this for 2022, when hopefully we will be in a position to refine our offer and provide dog-free times as we’ve done in the past. We're monitoring how dog admissions go in 2021 and would like your feedback, so please email your comments and suggestions to us here at bodnantgarden@nationaltrust.org.uk to be part of the review.

The garden is large and it's usually possible to enjoy quieter times, and quieter areas. We're happy to advise on the best times to visit, so give us a call. Check out our neighbouring National Trust Wales places too. With castles, coast and countryside to explore, there are many opportunities for some great walkies right on our doorstep.