Bringing your dog to Cliveden

Dog peering through bridge at Sheffield Park East Sussex

There's 375 acres of woodlands, riverbank and formal gardens to be sniffed at around Cliveden.

Dogs at Cliveden

Back in January we introduced a trial to allow dogs on leads within parts of the formal gardens. We followed a lead (no pun intended) from other properties, such as Waddesdon, and other places have since followed our lead.

Over the past six months we have received valuable feedback via email, letter, social media, our dog-logs as well as verbal comments from visitors, volunteers and staff. Over the past few months you may also have read comments from Hilary McGrady our Director General wishing to see more of our places ‘dog friendly’.

Based on the feedback we’ve decided to continue the current arrangement of allowing dogs on leads within the formal gardens but with an important change;

  • Dogs on leads will not be permitted within the Water Garden however access will be provided along the southern edge to access Green Drive. New signs will provide clear direction to users

The changes will be in place from Sunday 1 July in time for school summer holidays and we will review the policy again in six months’ time. During this period we’ll continue to gather feedback and record incidents in the log-books on the estate.

Thank you all for your support and feedback over the past six months. We want Cliveden to be enjoyed fully by all our supporters and your support and understanding is helping this to happen.

Where can my dog and I walk?

Our dog walkers' guide shows the areas available to you and your dog at Cliveden. We ask you to observe the traffic light system in place, from green zones (dogs allowed off leads) to amber zones (dogs allowed on short leads) to the red zones (no dogs allowed, except assistance dogs). Read more by downloading our dog walking map below.

Cliveden Dog Walking Map 2018 (PDF / 1.6MB) download

A new dog walkers welcome leaflet will be produced by July 2018 with the updates. Please keep an eye out for that to be added to this webpage

Important points

  • Dogs are permitted in all areas of the Cliveden estate with the exception of the The Water Garden (including Storybook play area), Parterre lawn and buildings including Chapel, Orangery and the House, including Guided House Tours. Please note hotel guests are permitted to bring dogs in the House.
  • To the north of the Main Drive and Spring Drive dogs will be permitted on short leads. South of these routes controlled dogs will be permitted off leads
  • Four additional dog bins were nstalled (Service Drive, Walled Garden car park, Overflow car park and bottom of Yew Tree steps).
  • During the trial period we will consult with visitors, volunteers and staff and seek feedback. Why not leave a comment card on your next trip to let us know what you think?

Eating and shopping with your dog

Refreshment kiosk

Pick up a coffee and water bowl to enjoy with your pooch from Cliveden's temporary refreshment kiosk. This is an outdoor facility, therefore the only dog-friendly catering outlet on site.

Dogs are welcome at Cliveden's food and drink kiosk
Cliveden dog cafe kiosk
Dogs are welcome at Cliveden's food and drink kiosk

The Gift Shop

There's lots of lovely things in Cliveden's gift shop, and we invite everyone inside to have a look. Dogs are welcome to join their owners for a browse, as long as they are on a short lead and under control.

A few golden rules...

Whilst you are exploring the estate, please ensure you adhere to the following:

  • Please keep your dog under control at all times. This means your dog responds to orders when you call them.
  • Do not take your dog into any catering outlets (though they are welcome outside).
  • Cliveden is home to lots of wildlife, a temptation for even the best-behaved dog.
  • Do not allow dogs to harm any creatures on National Trust property.
  • Do not bring more than four dogs per visitor 
  • We provide special bins for your doggies waste. Please clean-up after them and dispose of the waste in the dog bins provided.
  • If you lose your dog on the estate, please let a member of the Cliveden team know and we will do what we can to help reunite you.
  • We ask that professional dog walkers do not conduct their business on or from our grounds.
  • Most of our events do not allow dogs. Please call ahead to check specific details.
  • Assistance dogs are welcome across the estate.