Visit Attingham with your dog

A dog on a lead in the grounds at Attingham Park

Exploring our acres of parkland with your four-legged friend is a great way to enjoy the beautiful landscape, and we welcome well-behaved dogs.

Attingham has always been a place where dogs can enjoy themselves. Dogs lived alongside the Berwick family who left the Attingham Estate to the National Trust, and we continue the tradition of welcoming responsible dog owners.

Welcoming dogs to Attingham

Attingham is visited by over half a million people a year, and many thousands of people visit with their dog to enjoy walking in our outdoors spaces. We ask visitors with their dogs to follow our dog policy and the National Trust Canine Code to ensure that all our visitors are able to enjoy their visit. This webpage will give you more information on visiting with your four-legged friend.

Visit Attingham with your dog and access acres of beautiful Parkland
A dog being walked in the grounds of Attingham Park in Shropshire
Visit Attingham with your dog and access acres of beautiful Parkland

Where can my dog go?

All paws are welcome to explore the grounds at Attingham, please keep your dog on a lead in all of our outdoor spaces other than in the designated off-lead area. Please look out for signs that indicate a ‘short-lead area’ – these are places that we know can get very busy sand we ask that you keep your four-legged friend close by in those areas.

From Monday 8 November the paddock in the middle of the Mile Walk will be open as an off-lead area for dogs, by kind permission of the tenant farmer. Please ensure yor dog remains in sight and under your control in this area (e.g responding to voice commands) and please dispose of dog poo in the dog waste bins around the grounds.

We welcome assistance dogs only in our indoor spaces including Mansion, shop and cafe (Mansion and shop currently closed to visitors, cafe open for take-away items only, in line with government guidance).

Recent changes to visiting with your dog

In February 2021 we reviewed the dog policy in light of the current opening of the estate and government guidance relating to Coronavirus at that time, and that prior to opening restrictions annual visitors to Attingham had reached over 540,000 visitors a year (2019).

As of Monday 19 April 2021, we have reinstated an off-lead area in part of the woodland with a change to one of the boundaries, which means that all of the Mile Walk remains an on-lead area. This is in response to visitor feedback and incidents, and it also takes into account the increased number of visitors walking around the Mile Walk, natural play area and important wildlife habitats around the top loop of the walk. 

Facilities for dog walkers

  • There are ten dog waste bins located around the site. Please clear up after your dog and use these bins to dispose of the waste.
  • Paw friendly toilets can be found at the Brewhouse at the Mansion, in the Walled Garden and in the Field of Play. 
  • The food and drinks kiosk in the Field of Play is currently open on weekends from 11am and daily in the school holidays.
  • There are '10 minute dog tie up points' in the Stables Courtyard where you can tie your dog up for a maximum of 10 minutes while you pop in to the Carriage House Café (open from 9am, currently serving take-away items only), the second-hand bookshop, Stables Shop, and toilets. Assistance dogs are welcome inside the Carriage House Café, Stables Shop, second-hand bookshop, and toilets.


Download our 'Visiting with your dog' guide (including map)


Dog tied up at Stables Paws Point at Attingham Park

Download our 'Visiting Attingham with your dog' guide