Visiting Chartwell with your dog

Dog walking at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

We welcome dogs into the gardens at Chartwell so you can bring your furry companion along for a stroll outside one of the National Trust's historic houses.

Where can my dog go?

We welcome dogs here at Chartwell and they are welcome in all outdoor areas.

Please keep your dog on a short lead throughout the gardens.

When we do not have live stock on site, you are welcome to allow your dogs off the lead when walking through the wider estate, if kept under close supervision.

Our definition of close or effective control is:

  • Being able to recall your dog in any situation at the first call.
  • Being able to clearly see your dog at all times (not just knowing they have gone into the undergrowth or over the crest of the hill). In practice this means keeping them on a footpath if the surrounding vegetation is too dense for your dog to be visible.
  • Not allowing them to approach other visitors without their consent.
  • Having a lead with you to use if you encounter livestock, wildlife or you are asked to use one.

Where can't my dog go?

Assistance dogs only are welcome in the house (when open), shop and café.

Should you wish to visit the café, there is plenty of outside seating where you and your dog may sit and enjoy refreshments. Please leave your dog outside when ordering.

What do I need to be aware of at Chartwell?

We've worked with natural pet food maker, Forthglade, to produce the Canine Code to help you on your visit.

  • Take the lead: help reduce the chance of your pup disturbing wildlife by keeping them on a lead.
  • Scoop that poop: bag it and bin it to keep your favourite places beautiful.
  • 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 them close by.

Facilities available for my dog

Water bowls can be found outside the Landemare café for your canine to use when thirsty.

Don't worry if you forget to bring dog bags with you, our Visitor Centre is happy to supply you with bags so you can pick up after your dog.

There are two dog bins located in the car park, one to the left of the Visitor Centre and the other on the footpath leading to the area of the car park on the top far left.

Thank you for helping to keep our gardens and estate clean for everyone to enjoy.

Autumn woodland at Mariners Hill by Chartwell, a National Trust place in Kent

Walking trails at Chartwell

Would you like to go for a walk around Chartwell but haven't pre-booked your visit? Why not try one of our walks starting at alternate nearby car parks so you can enjoy the West Kent countryside, while observing social distancing.