Visiting Godolphin with your dog

Dog on a lead

Godolphin’s estate covers around 500 acres and includes woodland, fields, open countryside and garden, so there’s plenty of places for you and your dog to explore.

Where can my dog go?

Dogs (on leads) are welcome everywhere within Godolphin’s garden and outbuildings, including the tea-room.

Dogs under close control are also welcome on the wider estate.

Our definition of close control is:

•    Being able to recall your dogs 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 my dog not go?

The only place your dog can't go is inside the house, where we only welcome assistance dogs.

What do I need to be aware of at Godolphin?

We’ve produce a canine code with our corporate partner Forthglade:   

Scoop that poop: Dog poo can pass on diseases which cause livestock to abort and illness in humans, so bag it and bin it to keep this organically farmed estate safe for both people and animals.

Paws for thought: Pregnant sheep and their unborn lambs can often die of stress if chased by dogs, so please keeps dogs on leads when walking near grazing animals.

Keeping your dog on a lead between late February and August on Godolphin Hill will also help to protect ground nesting birds and other wildlife during the critical breeding season.

Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by and don’t allow them to approach other visitors without their consent.

Facilities available for my dog

There’s a water bowl outside the Piggery tea-room.

A dog waste bin can be found opposite the Welcome Hut.