Visiting Gibside with your dog(s)

Pack of lurcher dogs

With 15 miles of paths to explore, trees to sniff and grass to venture through, we can guarantee that your four-legged friends will enjoy Gibside as much as you do.

The 'dogs in cafe' trial has now finished. While we love dogs here at Gibside and they're always welcome outdoors, please don't take them into the main cafe with you. 

We're now assessing how the trial went and will let you know the outcomes.

As we've never done this before, we'd love to know what you think. Get in touch.

While you're out and about, please help us keep the countryside a safe, healthy and enjoyable place for you and your dog, other visitors, wildlife and livestock by:

  • Keeping your dogs on leads at all times (short leads on the Skyline Walk where there may be livestock).
  • Picking up your dog mess and placing it in a dog bin (we have six located around Gibside, shown on the estate map)
  • Only bringing assistance dogs into the buildings, including the cafes.
To help make your visit as enjoyable as possible, we offer a range of facilities, such as:
  • Water bowls around the estate. Please use the taps to fill them up if needed.
  • Six dog mess bins (shown on the estate map).
  • Spare leads, in case you happen to forget yours or something happens to it (we've all been there).
  • Dog mess bags. If you arrive at visitor reception and realise you don't have any please ask the team.
  • All dogs are welcome to join you within the outdoor cafe areas. However, please keep them on the floor instead of chairs and tables.

Gibside Estate Map