Walking your dog at Petworth
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 all year around.
With over 700 acres of parkland, there are many paths for you to explore and dogs are allowed off the lead.
Please be aware we don't allow dogs into the Pleasure Ground that accesses the mansion so for those wishing to visit the park with their canine friend please make sure to park at the North car park signposted 'Petworth Park' off the A283 and not the regular visitor car park signposted as 'Petworth House'. £4 for non-members, free for NT Members. Please make note of the Deer Park closing times to ensure you return to your vehicle before the gates automatically lock.
Dog free zones
There is no direct access to the Petworth House from the park and we recommend if visiting as a group that members take it in turns to visit Petworth House via the Pleasure Ground through the Park Gate. Please be aware this is a pay for entry point and you will be asked to pay at the nearest Reception or have your National Trust card available to scan.
Food and Beverage
Please be aware there are no refreshment facilities available in the Deer Park and no access to the café with dogs. If visiting as a group we recommend that visitors take it in turns to use the facilities and we do sell take-away refreshments from our café . Please be aware this is a pay for entry point and you will be asked to pay at the nearest Reception or have your National Trust card available to scan. We have water for dogs available at our Reception points.
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.
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. 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.