Visiting Ickworth with your dog

Ickworth is great place for dogs and their owners - we’ve a wide range of walks for you to enjoy and a dog friendly café too. Read more to find out how to make the most of your visit with your four-legged friend.

Where can my dog go?

We love dogs at Ickworth, and they are welcome in the parkland, woodland walks, Porter’s Lodge café and the Welcome Hub.   

Porter’s Lodge café is the perfect place to end your dog walk at Ickworth (or perhaps start!). There are tasty treats, plenty of hot and cold drinks, and of course, water bowls with lots of shade for your furry friend. Porter's Lodge café is open everyday, from 10am – 4pm. Please note, under current lockdown restrictions, café facilities are limited to takeaway only, with no seating available.

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

Livestock on the estate:

There are sheep grazing across the site, please keep your dog on a lead at all times and shorten this when around livestock.

Take extra care around the flocks, temporary paddocks are in use with electric fencing and it is always active. 

To best ensure the conservation of the parkland, the flocks are frequently moved throughout the year to rotate their grazing land. You may spot them in an area you haven’t before. 

The sheep at Ickworth are a breeding flock; there can be around 800 pregnant ewes on the estate and in turn up to 1200 nursing lambs in spring and summer. It is essential for your dog to remain under close control by means of a lead, as worrying of livestock can lead to miscarrying. 

We recommend giving the ewes and lambs as much space as possible by walking away from them or on the opposite side of the pathways.

Lambing Season is all through the Spring and Summer at Ickworth
Three lambs by the Walled Garden - Looking at Camera
Lambing Season is all through the Spring and Summer at Ickworth

Where can’t my dog go?

Assistance dogs only in the West Wing, Historic House, Walled Garden and Italianate Garden. 

What do I need to be aware of at Ickworth? 

To make sure everyone has an enjoyable day please follow our Canine Code:

Take the lead: help reduce the chance of your pup disturbing wildlife by keeping them on a lead.
Scoop that poop: bag it and bin it to keep your favourite places beautiful.
Paws for thought: look out for information signs and take extra care around livestock (electric fencing in use.)
Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by.

Dog walkers and their well-behaved four legged friends are welcome
Dog refuse bin in the park
Dog walkers and their well-behaved four legged friends are welcome

Facilities available for my dog:

  • There are water bowls at the Welcome Hub & Plant Centre as well as the Porter’s Lodge café.
  • Across the estate, you’ll find water taps where you can fill up your portable dog bowls.
  • There are 8 dog bins on site, the 5 key locations can be found here on Ickworth’s map, with the remaining bins being located around the parkland.

Forgotten anything on your visit:

We can loan you spare leads and have dog waste bags available at the Welcome Hub & Plant Centre.