Visiting Killerton with your dog

A dog bounding across the front park at Killerton, Devon

With miles of paths and tracks, dogs love walkies at Killerton. Find out where you can go with your dog and where they can run off the lead; take a look at some dog-friendly walking routes.

Where can you take your dog?

Killerton is a dog-friendly place, and your four-legged friend is bound to get lots of fuss when you pass through visitor reception. There are acres and acres of parkland and woods where dogs can exercise off the lead whilst under close control, and enjoy all the smells, sights and sounds of the countryside. 

Dogs must be kept on a lead between visitor reception and the house, along the drive, and in the area shaded amber on the map. Once you are in the park your dog can be off the lead, these areas are shaded green on the map. Please ensure that your dog is under close control at all times and look out for seasonal signs advising you that livestock might be present.

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.
  • If cattle or horses chase you and your dog, it is safer to let your dog off the lead. Don't risk getting hurt by trying to protect it. Your dog will be much safer if you let it run away from danger. 


Where can't my dog go?

Dogs are not allowed in the house, garden or chapel grounds. This area includes the Killerton Kitchen restaurant and Old Dairy café. Registered assistance dogs are permitted in these areas. Theses areas are shaded red on the map.

Pups in doggy strollers and backpacks are permitted only in the dog walking areas.

The traffic light system helps you see where you can bring your dog.
See Killerton's dog policy on this handy map showing areas you can and can't take your dog
The traffic light system helps you see where you can bring your dog.

What do I need to be aware of at Killerton?

  • Take the lead: help reduce the chance of your pup disturbing wildlife by keeping them on a lead.
  • Scoop the poop: bag it and bin it to keep your favourite places beautiful.
  • Paws for thought: look out for information signs.
  • Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by.


Facilities available for my dog

Look out for hitching posts and water bowls on your visit. You can even wash down a muddy dog using the hose by the toilet block in the car park.

There are several dog waste bins at Killerton. Please clear up after your dog and use the bins provided. If you can't find a bin, please take your dog waste home. Leaving bagged waste in the countryside is a hazard to wildlife and livestock. 

These rules are in place to make sure everyone can enjoy their visit to Killerton, to help look after the historic garden and house, and to ensure the wellbeing of livestock and wildlife.

Download the map as a pdf (PDF / 2.4443359375MB) download

Dog friendly walks at Killerton

Summer walk

Follow the Countryside Code 

With more people than ever enjoying our coast and countryside places, we’re asking for your help in looking after them during your visit. Please help us protect wildlife and landscapes by following the Countryside Code, which includes taking any litter home with you and not lighting a barbecue or campfire.