Ickworth - a pleasure ground for dogs

Two small dogs on a walk in the woods

Ickworth is great place for dogs and their owners - we’ve a wide range of walks for you. Head for a light stroll or something more energetic to build up your appetite. With sweeping views and plentiful sticks, let your furry friends lead you on a path of discovery.

Dogs on leads

Ickworth is a wonderful place to walk especially with a dog, but we do ask that your dog is kept on a lead at all times on the Estate for the wellbeing of all visitors and our wildlife.

We do this to improve the safety and enjoyment on the estate for all visitors, landowners / tenants, dog owners and their dogs. We need to ensure the majority of our visitors feel that Ickworth is a safe place for all to experience and enjoy.

You may wander freely around the parkland and woods, but dogs are not allowed in the Italianate gardens or inside the buildings (apart from assistance dogs).


A visit to the countryside should be enjoyable and trouble-free for everyone. As you’re out and about around Ickworth, you may come across grazing sheep. Some of the 1800 acres of National Trust land is farmed by our tenant farmers. The beauty of the estate is maintained by people who manage the land and work alongside the National Trust to protect and preserve it.

We’ve had many instances of sheep and deer chased and injured by dogs, which nearly always have to result in putting the animal down. The Law says that the owners of the dog can be responsible for damages.

Other wildlife can also be disturbed by dogs off leads for example disturbing ground nesting birds and mammals (such as dormice which our Outdoors team are actively trying to encourage more of). As well as negatively affecting the fertility of the soil.

Please familarise yourself with the Countryside Code before visiting.

Explore Ickworth's parkland with your four legged friend
dog estate ickworth
Explore Ickworth's parkland with your four legged friend

Pooch provisions

If your furry friend is feeling a little thirsty, water bowls can be found outside the West Wing and Porter’s Lodge which also has spare leads and dog bags. We’ve got tempting treats for you as well. Porter's Lodge outdoors café and takeaway is perfect for four-legged visitors and if you stop in at reception, we're sure we'll have a spare lead if you’ve forgotten yours or a dog biscuit or two!

The Porters Lodge Cafe at Ickworth is very dog-friendly
A table with coffee on it and dogs underneath at the Porters Lodge cafe
The Porters Lodge Cafe at Ickworth is very dog-friendly

Porter's Lodge dog friendly café

Why not treat yourselves to some of the tasty delights at Porter’s Lodge outdoors café and takeaway? There's also water bowls and lots of shade. Porters Lodge is now open every day for the week.

Assistance dogs are welcome

Assistance dogs are welcome at Ickworth and have access to the Italianate Garden, the cafés in the West Wing and the Rotunda.

Beautifully clean

We provide spare leads, dog biscuits and waste bags at Porter's Lodge visitor reception. Please do clear up after your dog, everyone knows how unpleasant dog mess is and it can cause infections in people and animals. Dog waste bins are provided at the entrance to the park, on the way to the church, one at either end of the main car park and one about half a mile past Ickworth Lodge. Help keep the estate beautiful by cleaning up after the dog.

Dog waste bags take decades to decompose, so please dispose of your bags in the bins and not the hedges or shrubs.

By being responsible with your dog, you can help us to protect the landscape, wildlife and people - thank you!