Walking your dog at Petworth

Dog walking

We love dogs here at Petworth, in fact Spaniels were the favourite pet of the 3rd Earl of Egremont. Nowadays, we welcome dogs to stretch their legs in Petworth Park and the garden all year around.

Where can I take my dog?

Dogs are welcome under close control in Petworth Park, and on a short lead in the Pleasure Garden, sticking to hard or gravel surfaces. Only Assistance dogs are allowed in Petworth House and Servants’ Quarters, including the Café.   


With over 700 acres of parkland, there are many paths for you and your dog to explore.

Where to walk

The Deer Park

8am-8pm (summer)

8am-6pm (winter)

In the Deer Park we allow dogs off the lead but under close supverision. For easiest access we recommend parking at the Deer Park Car Park, further north along the A283 from the main car park for Petworth House. Parking is £4 for non-members and free for members. Please make note of the Deer Park closing times to ensure you return to your vehicle before the gates automatically lock.

The Pleasure Garden

10am-5pm (summer)

10am-4pm (winter)

Dogs are welcome in to the Pleasure Garden on a short lead. We ask that all walkers stick to the gravel and hard standings paths and dogs remain on a short lead at all times. 

Dog waste bins are situated at the main car park and at the far end of the Pleasure Garden, towards Petworth House. We encourage responsible dog ownership and there are spare dog waste bags available at reception points.

Please be aware the Pleasure Garden is free to enter for National Trust members, but for non-members a paid entry ticket is required.

Visiting Petworth Town

You can visit the Town from the Park. Further west than the Park Gate is a slope through another gate that leads under the Cow Tunnel. Follow this for the pedestrian access to Petworth Town - look out for a member of our team in our treehouse trailer near the gate who can give you directions.

Looking after our Deer

We have a herd of around 700 fallow deer that roam freely within Petworth Park. As these animals are very easily upset if they are too close to dogs, please keep your dogs under close control or on a lead, as every year many deer are unfortunately lost to dog attacks.

We kindly ask you to please keep away from the deer and keep your dog under control as it is very dangerous for deer to burn unnecessary energy in winter while being chased by dogs.

During the spring and summer, we have many young fawns that are born and their mothers leave them in the long grass so you may not see them so please do be vigilant.

Responsible dog ownership

We do encourage responsible dog ownership at Petworth and there are waste bins situated at entrances to the park. These bins are emptied regularly by our local council.

Please follow the Countryside Code when you visit.