Visiting Stourhead with your dog

Dogs are welcome on the lead

Dogs are welcome across Stourhead’s garden and countryside areas all year round. Please help us by keeping your dog on a short lead and picking up after it.

In addition to the garden and estate, dogs are also welcome in the shop, visitor reception, the top courtyard and the Spread Eagle courtyard. Assistance dogs only are permitted in the restaurant and house.

Assistance dogs only are permitted on the Christmas at Stourhead trail as it is filled with stimulus that could upset or even hurt dogs including flashing lights, speaker sounds, fire, fairground rides and many people.

Facilities available for my dog

There are water bowls in the top courtyard by the the restaurant and there are plenty bins for dog waste. 


The car park offers limited shade, and it's available on a first come first served basis. The team are on hand to help if you do need to find some shade for your pet pooch and will do their best to help.

What do I need to be aware of at Stourhead?

We’re home to lots of farm animals on the wider estate so please help us and walk your dog on a lead. If cattle approach it may be appropriate to let your dog off the lead. 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: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by.

Explore further

There are four great estate walks at Stourhead that are ideal for exploring with your dog year round. The walks take between 1 hour and 2½ hours to complete. Follow the links to the downloadable walking trails below. 

Bluebells in the woods at Stourhead

Bonham Wood walk

Explore Bonham wood on this short, circular walk which takes you behind the Temple of Apollo through picturesque woodland.

Stourhead, Wiltshire

Stourhead Park Hill Camp walk

A short circular walk, with some steep ascents, taking in Park Hill Camp Iron Age hill fort and returning along Six Wells Valley.

A wildflower meadow surrounding King Alfred's Tower at Stourhead, Wiltshire

Stourhead King Alfred’s Tower walk

This is a circular walk of historic interest which takes you up through beautiful woodlands to King Alfred’s Tower and returning through Park Hill Camp Iron Age Hill Fort and Turner’s Paddock.

A view from Whitesheet Hill

Stourhead Whitesheet Hill walk

Look out for tree sparrows and other interesting birds and take in the panoramic views over the Stourhead estate and surrounding countryside on a walk of considerable archaeological interest.