Visiting Sheffield Park with your dog

Dog peering through bridge at Sheffield Park East Sussex

Dogs are currently welcome in the garden at any time. We kindly ask that you keep your dog on a short lead.
Dogs are also welcome on the parkland - but please do keep them on a lead as we have livestock grazing all year-round.
East Park is the place for a run-around off the lead.

Where can my dog go?

We love dogs at Sheffield Park and they are welcome in the gardens, on the Parkland, in Walk Wood, our shop and the Garden Room at the Coach House. Please find more information below including facilities for your dog and our Canine Code. Assistance dogs are welcome across the whole property. 


Relaxing with the dogs by the lake at Sheffield Park

Dogs are currently welcome in the garden at any time. We kindly ask that you keep your dog on a short lead.

We understand that allowing dogs into the gardens at all times is a change from when we previously welcomed dogs only in the afternoons. We plan to carefully monitor how visitors feel about this with an evaluation in 2022. Please do feel free to send feedback to

Unfortunately we aren’t able to designate a dog-free zone but, if you prefer a doggie-free wander, then why not try some of our other local properties. Dogs are currently not allowed in the Nymans gardens from spring to early winter. Please do check their website for the latest information before travelling.

Walking dogs in Walk Wood at Sheffield Park

A stroll in the woods

A quietly tucked-away corner of the estate, Walk Wood is the ideal place to take the dogs for a stroll while getting away from it all. Keep an eye out for sculptures created by local Sussex artist Keith Pettit to celebrate the opening of Walk Wood after a 15-year restoration plan. Please note that Walk Wood is closed from November to March for visitor safety, wildlife conservation and path preservation.

Please do keep your dog on a lead around the woods.

The Coach House Café welcomes well-behaved dogs in the Garden Room. If you need to pop in to grab a takeaway, we do have tie-up points by all doors. Assistance dogs are welcome across the property during opening hours. 

A wander on the parkland
Early morning light on Pillbox Pond at Sheffield Park

For a real stretch of the legs, head out for a walk on our parkland. Choose to range free or follow the route below. The parkland is open from dawn until dusk and there is free entry for both National Trust members and non-members. Car parking is also free. We kindly ask that you keep dogs on leads everywhere except for East Park due to grazing livestock.

Pedestrian bridge over the River Ouse at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

Parkland walking trail

Try this route around the parkland with your dog to take in some of the landmarks and best views of the estate

Cow on the parkland at Sheffield Park

Please keep your dog on a lead...

Cows and sheep roam the parkland to help us manage the grassland. To keep our livestock and other visitors happy please do keep your dog on a lead. There are three dog waste bins along the Estate Road that runs between the parkland and formal gardens.

East Park at Sheffield Park

...or head to East Park for off-lead walkies

For the more energetic doggie, East Park is the place for a walk off the lead. To reach it, turn left out of the car park and head down the Estate Road with the parkland on your right. Once you are through the large gates by the weir you can let your dog off the lead.

Where can't my dog go?

Assistance dogs only in the Coach House, other than the Garden Room which can be accessed via the back of the building. 


What do I need to be aware of at Sheffield Park

We’ve teamed up with Forthglade to create the canine code, so you and your four-legged friend can help care for the places you love. 

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 cliff paths.

Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by.

Facilities available for my dog

There are water bowls by visitor reception and outside the Coach House Café.

There are six dog bins on site. They can be found near the toilets, by the Shant, outside the Coach House and in three locations along the Estate Road by the parkland. Please see our map for details.

Doggy ice-cream treats are available from The Shant.