Visiting Shugborough with your dog

Walking at Shugborough

Shugborough is the perfect place for a day out with your dog as there are so many acres to explore. To make sure that everyone has an enjoyable visit we have put together some simple tips for visiting with your four-legged friend.

Where can my dog go? 

We welcome well-behaved dogs in Park Farm Café and all outdoor areas of the estate, including the Walled Garden and Pleasure Grounds. 

Assistance dogs are allowed inside in all buildings, including shops, cafés, the Mansion, Servants’ Quarters and Park Farm House.  

All dogs must be kept on a lead as there are livestock grazing and ground-nesting birds across the whole estate throughout the year. 


Where can’t my dog go? 

Dogs are not allowed in the Mansion Tearoom, shops, Mansion, Servants’ Quarters and Park Farm House. This is for the comfort and safety of other visitors and our collections.  

There are some paddocks and electric fenced areas within the parkland that are home to livestock; please keep your dog on a short lead when passing these areas.  

We also politely ask that all walkers who use the bridleway keep their dogs on leads for the comfort of other visitors and the livestock in the neighbouring fields. 


What do I need to be aware of at Shugborough? 

In partnership with Forthglade the Trust has created this 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 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 

We have several bins across the estate for you to dispose of your dog’s waste; ask at visitor reception for a map that shows where they are. 

There are water bowls, taps and tie-up points in both Park Farm Yard and the Midden Yard, so you can grab yourself a drink while your dog does too.