Can I bring my dog?
We do not allow dogs (other than assistance dogs) in the main deer park or garden, but do have a large wildflower meadow and small wooded area in which dogs are welcome.
We know that many of our visitors have pet dogs and while we don't allow dogs in the main park and garden, you are welcome to walk your dog in our 30 acres of wildflower meadow and wooded copse attached.
Just a stone's throw away from the main car park, the Whitefield wildflower meadow, a small part of which is also used as an overflow car park on busy days, comes alive in early summer (May/June) - a billowing meadow full of pretty grasses, wildflowers and, sometimes, the rare and beautiful bee orchid. Our outdoors team cuts pathways through the meadow for people and pooches to walk on.
From the meadow, you can enjoy far reaching views over the Cotswold countryside across the Bristol channel and over to Wales. Next to the meadow and lined with dry stone walls is a long wooded copse, with lots of interesting trees.
Park & Garden Manager Dale Dennehey said: "The main park is home to a herd of around 185 wild fallow deer and our priority in the park is caring for them, which is why we don't allow dogs in the main park. We recognise some people are disappointed that they cannot come in with their dogs so we have created a large dog walking area at the top.
"The meadow is one of the hidden gems here at Dyrham Park, a highlight of an early summer visit and one which not everyone gets to enjoy - we're pleased that dog owners and their pets can."
Other local places to walk your dog
While the dog walking offer here at Dyrham Park is limited, our National Trust neighbours welcome well-behaved dogs, these include places down the road in Bath and across the other side of Bristol.
Just a short walk from Bath city centre is Prior Park. The 18th-century landscape garden is centred around a picturesque lake with an unmistakable bridge in the middle. Dogs are welcome on leads all year round. Please check their website for opening hours.
The Bath Skyline offers walks of varying lengths on the outskirts of the Roman city, offering far reaching views over the stunning architecture. It includes play viewpoints, play areas and wildlife. Dogs are allowed all year round, but owners are asked to put them on leads near wildlife and in the play areas. More information on their website.
Just the other side of Bristol, around a 30-40 minute drive from Dyrham Park, is Tyntesfield, a Victorian house nestled in a huge Somerset estate. In the winter months (Nov-Feb inclusive), dogs on leads are allowed everywhere except the house and walled garden. There are a couple of circular dog walking routes open to dogs on lead all year round. Please check their website for opening times.
Just to the West of Bristol is Leigh Woods, a large woodland area part of which is owned and run by the National Trust. With magnificent oak trees, small leaf lime and ash trees, there's plenty to see. With grassy glades and viewpoints, you get a great view of Avon Gorge and the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Dogs are welcome here all year round. More information on their website.
Just the other side of Chippenham, about a 20 minute drive, is the quaint village of Lacock, home to Lacock Abbey and grounds. Dogs are allowed in the Abbey grounds over winter (Nov-Mar inclusive), there is a dog walking area next to the car park the rest of the year and there are lots of nearby walks to enjoy with your dog. More information on their website.