Dog Walking at Springhill

Black Dog on Lead

Dogs are welcome at Springhill. We want you and your four-legged friends to enjoy your visit. Please help to ensure that all visitors, with or without dogs, can enjoy their day by following these guidelines.

Out of respect for other visitors, other dogs and the National Trust staff, the following guidance is in place to ensure that everyone enjoys their visit. We ask all dog owners to be responsible for their pet whilst visiting The Argory, this includes the following:

  • Keep your dog on a lead whilst visiting Springhill. Other visitors, other dogs and even the local wildlife may not be comfortable with dogs off lead.
  • Clean up after your dog immediately if it fouls, whereever this may be. This helps keep the grounds of Springhill safe for all visitors and is a great help to the Rangers and Gardeners who maintain the grounds. Dog waste can be put in any general waste bin or dedicated dog bin on site, or taken home to dispose of at home. 
  • Dogs are permitted off-lead in dedicated exercise areas only but must be kept under effective control, this means your dog must always be in your sight and come back when called. A dog out of site could be a dog out of control. 


Does my dog need to be kept on a lead?

Yes. 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 gardens and woodland: 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.

  • Café and Visitor Reception: Dogs are welcome in the café and visitor reception area. The café even serves pupacino's. 

  • The House and Costume Museum: Dogs are not permitted in the house or costume museum at any time

  • Explore and Play - As this is an area intended for children. Their health and safety is a priority for us. 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.

Where can my dog get a drink?

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

  • Welcome area.


What can I do with my dog’s waste?

Help us to keep Springhill 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.