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 and under effective control. 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).

When you arrive

If you'ree a National Trust member you just need to have your your membership card scanned at the kiosk, park in the car park (if visiting by car) and head out for your walk. For all day paying visitors, please do pop in to Porter's Lodge visitor reception and purchase your park ticket which includes car parking for the day. You'll find lovely walks straight from the main and overflow parking areas.

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

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. Check out our opening times for the day of your visit, our café has seasonal hours.

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, dog waste bins are provided at the entrance to the park, on the way to the church, at the vehicle enrance to the walled garden, one at either end of the main car park and one about half a mile past Ickworth Lodge on the edge of the path. Dog waste bags take decades to decompose, so please do dispose of your bags in the bins and not the hedges or shrubs.