Dog Walking at Rowallane Garden

A dog in its harness sits on the grass in the sunshine

Dogs are welcome at Rowallane Garden. We want you and your four-legged friends to enjoy your visit. The garden is ideal for leisurely walks, refreshments in the cafe or just simply relaxing on a seat in the walled garden. Please help to ensure that all visitors, with or without dogs, can enjoy their day by following these guidelines.

Does my dog need to be kept on a lead?


Dogs must be kept on a short lead in the following areas.

  • The car park - We value your dog’s safety so please put your dog on a lead before letting it out of your car.

  • The garden and Stableyard - Off-lead activity can lead to physical damage of habitat through the trampling of vegetation, which can adversely damage more fragile species of plants. Dogs off lead can also cause problems of disturbance to species, particularly species of wildlife. Please respect our conservation aims by keeping your dog on a short lead throughout the garden.

  • The house and café – Dogs are welcome in the house and café. In the café you will find a designated dog friendly zone where you can enjoy light refreshments after your walk. There is plenty of room outside in our Tea Garden to sit with your dog in warmer weather.

  • Explore and Play - As this is an area intended for children their health and safety is a priority. Dogs are allowed on a short lead and must not be taken into the dens or onto the play equipment. Please be extra vigilant and prevent fouling to ensure this is a clean, safe space for children to play.

Please note: Dogs are not permitted on the farmland. This is a grazing area. Livestock should not be disturbed.

Is there anywhere I can let my dog off the lead?


We have a dog exercise field near our welcome area. Here you can let your dog off the lead.

  • You must keep your dog under effective control. Effective control means your dog must always be in your sight and come back when called. A dog out of sight may be a dog out of control. If you cannot rely on your dog's obedience, please walk them on a lead.

  • Close the gate behind you when entering or exiting the dog exercise field.

  • Clean up after your dog and dispose on your dog's waste in bins provided or, bring it home with you.

  • Respect other visitors and their dogs.

I have forgotten my dog’s lead, what can I do?

We may be able to help. Ask a member of staff at our welcome area if you have forgotten your dog’s lead. We may be able to offer you a spare. Please be aware leads may not always be available.

Where can my dog get a drink?

Dogs can get a refreshing drink of water in the following places.

  • Welcome area.

  • Tea Garden.

  • Stableyard.

Please note: There are dog bowls available in the dog exercise field, but you will need to bring your own water as there is no water supply in this area.

What can I do with my dog’s waste?

Help us to keep Rowallane Garden a clean place for all our visitors to enjoy.

  • Clear up after your dog, no matter where it may have fouled.

  • Dispose of your dog’s waste responsibly. Do not leave dog waste by the path side, throw bags into the grassland, or even worse hang in the trees!

  • Please clear up immediately if your dog fouls.

  • Waste can be disposed of in any general waste bin or at home.

  • If you have forgotten your dog bags, some are available on site.

To make sure everyone has an enjoyable day please follow our 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.
  • Be on the ball: Keep them close by and be prepared to react to unpredictable behaviour.

Most dogs are generally loveable and playful. Don't assume that everyone likes dogs though. Other visitors and wildlife may not feel this way - they may feel frightened, ambushed or uncomfortable if your dog approaches them. Please be considerate to everybody's needs and keep your dog on a lead.

Please follow these guidelines and remember that you are responsible for your dog and its actions for the entirety of your visit.