Dog walking at Ightham Mote

Frank, a labrador guide dog in the garden at Ightham Mote

Exploring our estate with your four-legged friend is a great way to take in the landscape of the Kent Downs, and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Ightham Mote has always been a place where dogs can enjoy themselves. We know that dogs lived here alongside the Palmers, and the Colyer Fergusson family, as well as with the head gardeners and General Manager. We want to continue the traditional of welcoming responsible dog owners, whilst ensuring that all of our visitors are able to enjoy their day out.

 

The ins and outs

We welcome assistance dogs only in our garden and indoor spaces, including the mansion, shop and indoor catering. However, our extensive woodland and estate is a great place to enjoy a stroll and a breath of fresh air, and with miles of paths to explore, your four-legged friend won't get bored.

Dog friendly areas (PDF / 1.9MB) download

On days when the house is closed (generally during the winter), we welcome dogs on short leads in the garden, but not in the play area. Please click here for opening times.

 

Watch out for wildlife

Our estate is home to lots of wildlife, and livestock. We ask you to keep your dogs under control at all times, and on a lead in the carpark, near animals and other people.

 

Clearing up

In order to protect our other visitors, dogs, and the wildlife here, please clear up after your dog. You will find dog waste bins at the entrances to the estate from the car park. Please make use of these bins or alternatively please bag your dog's waste and take it home with you.

We've always got a few dog poo bags at Visitor Reception, so if you find you've forgotten them, pop over and we'll be happy to give you a few to keep our estate clean and safe for others to enjoy.

Did you know? We have all heard that dog faeces / urine contains diseases that affect humans (especially children), but did you know that dog urine can kill wildflowers? Ok, one dog isn't going to kill a plant, but lots of dogs is a different story. Next time you walk your four-legged friend, have a look at where the wildflowers grow and where the stinging nettles flourish...you may notice a pattern.

 

Paws-ing for snacks

After a good walk, you and your dog might need a drink. There's outdoor seating on the patio of the Mote Café, where you will find dog water bowls, as well as treats for your dog. There are also water bowls outside Visitor Reception and on the patio of the Mote Café.