Visiting Mount Stewart with your dog

 A puppy exploring the gardens at Mount Stewart

Mount Stewart has always been a place where dogs can enjoy themselves. Dogs lived here alongside the Londonderry family, and we want to continue the tradition of welcoming responsible dog owners whilst ensuring that all of our visitors are able to enjoy a day out the way they want.

Where can my dog go?

We love dogs at Mount Stewart and they are welcome in the pleasure grounds, woodland walks, courtyard and shop. PLease note that assistance dogs only are permitted in the house and Tea Room. There are cattle and sheep grazing across the site so please keep your dog on a short lead when outside of the dog exercise area. 

Off-Lead Area - Dog Exercise Area

We have created a dog exercise area for our members and payers to enjoy and give your dogs a chance to stretch their legs off the lead.

We ask that you maintain close control over your dog in the exercise area, meaning you are able to recall your dog in any situation at the first call and being able to clearly see your dog at all times.

The dog exercise area is located next to Car Park 2. We would ask that you park in Car Park 1 or 2 and make your way to the Shepherds Hut at the trailhead to get your membership card scanned or pay your entry fee prior to using this facility. It is only with your support that we are able to open and maintain these facilities. Please do not park on the access road or in front of gates as this can cause an obstruction to our tenants, famers, delivery vehicles and the emergency services.

Walking through the woodlands
Ladies walking with dog through the woodlands
Walking through the woodlands

On-Lead and Restricted Areas - Trails, gardens and buildings (including house and shop)

All dogs must be kept on a short lead at all times including on the trails unless using the dog exercise area and we ask that you do not leave your dog unattended. Only assistance dogs can access our house and tea room however you are welcome to bring your dog into our shop and visitor reception. We have also provided outdoor seating to the front of the tea room and adjacent to our garden shop for dogs and their owners to enjoy.

Where can't my dog go?

Assistance dogs only in the house and tea room.

What do I need to be aware of at Mount Stewart?

To make sure everyone has an enjoyable day please follow our Canine Code below and for more information you can download the Forthglade 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 on paths.
  • Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by.

Professional Dog walking

If you would like to use National Trust land for professional dog walking, please get in touch. We may be able to issue you with a license and authorise your business use of National Trust land. Please contact for further information.


You can find freshly filled water bowls outside our reception area, courtyard and opposite the house to keep your dog hydrated while on the move. Please ask at reception if these need topped up and we will be happy to assist. There is also a water tap in the dog exercise field and water bowls at Trailhead


We have dog waste bags and bins placed around the estate. Please clean up after your dog to protect other visitors, dogs and wildlife at Mount Stewart. Dog waste can be deposited in both general and dog litter bins around the trails

Dogs in cars

Please do not leave your dog in your car unless you’re quickly popping in to use the facilities. On a warm day the car park becomes very hot. If a dog is left in a car and appears distressed our policy is to inform the USPCA.

Dogs and wildlife

At Mount Stewart we have a wide range of wildlife that we protect. Red Squirrels, badgers to low nesting birds are all very sensitive to disturbance by dogs therefore we ask you to keep your dog on a lead at all times to not only protect your dog but also the wildlife here at Mount Stewart.

Dogs and livestock

There are several areas of the estate where cattle and sheep graze the landscape. Always adhere to any notices relating to livestock in these areas. Another reason to keep dogs on leads!