Dogs at Powis

Two dogs posing for a photograph by their owners feet in the garden at National Trust, Powis Castle, Wales

We know how important your four-legged friends are so we’re exploring the possibility of welcoming dogs into the garden during the winter months. Our initial trial period will run from Tuesday 1 January to Sunday 31 March 2019.

We have acres of beautifully kept garden which you can now explore with your four-legged friends. Wander through our small woodland, stroll through the Edwardian formal garden or simply find a quiet spot on the Italianate terraces to admire breath taking views across the Severn valley.

We recognise that not everyone loves dogs, so we’ve put together a few guidelines to help ensure that visits to Powis Castle and Garden are fun for everyone.

  • Access: dogs are welcome in the main courtyard, the garden, the East Front, the car park and the path leading from the car-park to the ticket office. Buildings are restricted to assistance dogs only. Please note: the wider estate is not owned by the National Trust and we ask you respect the land owner’s wishes by not taking your dog on this land.
  • Leads: please keep your dog on a short, non-extendable lead. To ensure our lawns remain perfect for picnics and roly-polys, we ask you keep to the paths where possible. Spare leads are available from the ticket office if necessary.
  • Leaving your dog: for the comfort of your dog and other visitors, please don’t tie up your dog and leave them alone. If you need some help, just ask.
  • Dog waste: please pick up after your dog and use the bins provided. You’ll find bins located by the main toilets and in the formal garden, the main courtyard and the car park. If you run out of bags please let the ticket office team know so they can supply spares.
  • Putting your feet (or paws) up: after a stroll in the garden, support our ongoing conservation work at Powis by treating yourself to a hot drink and slice of cake. Although dogs are not allowed in our Courtyard Restaurant, you are welcome to enjoy your delicious refreshments at the tables and chairs in the Courtyard, or find some shelter in the Old Stables.

Significant numbers of National Trust supporters have been asking us to allow dogs into the gardens for some time and as a member’s organisation, it’s important that we listen. However we are aware that not everyone is keen to see dogs in the garden and as part of the trail period we’re keen to hear what you think.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing us or visiting our social media pages.