Visiting Dyrham Park with your dog
Assistance dogs are welcome throughout Dyrham Park but no other dogs are allowed.
Nearby National Trust places to walk your dog
While dog walking at Dyrham Park is limited, our National Trust neighbours welcome well-behaved dogs.
These include places down the road in Bath and across the other side of Bristol as well as further into Wiltshire.
Just a short walk from Bath city centre is Prior Park. The 18th-century landscape garden is centred around a picturesque lake with an unmistakable bridge in the middle. Dogs are welcome on leads all year round.
The Bath Skyline offers walks of varying lengths on the outskirts of the Roman city, offering far-reaching views over the stunning architecture. It includes play viewpoints, play areas and wildlife.
Dogs are allowed all year round, but owners are asked to put them on leads near wildlife and in the play areas.
Just the other side of Bristol, around a 30- to 40-minute drive from Dyrham Park, is Tyntesfield, a Victorian house nestled in a huge Somerset estate.
In the winter months (normally Nov–Feb inclusive), dogs on leads are allowed in some areas of the estate. There are a couple of circular dog walking routes open to dogs on leads all year round.
Just the other side of Chippenham, about a 20-minute drive, is the quaint village of Lacock, home to Lacock Abbey and grounds. Dogs are allowed in the Abbey grounds over winter (normally Nov–Mar inclusive).
There's a dog walking area next to the car park the rest of the year and there are lots of nearby walks to enjoy with your dog.
The Canine Code
We’ve worked with our partner Forthglade to come up with this Canine Code, which helps to make sure everyone can enjoy their day:
- Keep them close: using a short lead helps to keep your dog from disturbing ground-nesting birds and farm animals. It's essential to use a short lead around sheep. But if cattle approach you, it's best to let your dog off the lead, and call them back when it's safe to do so.
- Pick up the poo: please always clear up after your dog. If you can't find a bin nearby, take the poo bags home with you.
- Watch the signs: keep an eye on local signs and notices wherever you're walking. They'll tell you if a beach has a dog ban, for instance, or if a path has been diverted, or if you're in an area where dogs can run off-lead.
- Stay on the ball: remember that not everyone loves dogs, and some people fear them. So make sure your dog doesn't run up to other people, especially children.
Keeping control of your dog
Our definition of close or effective control is:
- Being able to recall your dogs in any situation at the first call
- Being able to clearly see your dog at all times (not just knowing they have gone into the undergrowth or over the crest of the hill). In practice, this means keeping them on a footpath if the surrounding vegetation is too dense for your dog to be visible
- Not allowing them to approach other visitors without their consent
- Having a lead with you to use if you encounter livestock or wildlife, or if you are asked to use one
Discover the best places for a dog walk, from coastal adventures and dramatic mountains to more leisurely walks near you. Plus find information on dog-friendly cafés and read our Canine Code.
If you’re bringing your dog to the places we care for, here’s information on the Canine Code and pawprint rating system to plan your visit.
After a good dog walk in the fresh air, find a place to sit and relax with your dog in a dog-friendly café.
We've partnered with natural pet food maker Forthglade to create the Dogs Welcome project, helping you and your dog to get the most out of the places in our care.
After exploring the house and garden, refuel with a tasty treat from the tea-room, café at Old Lodge or tea garden kiosk. Whether sweet or savoury, there's bound to be something to tempt you. Afterwards, take home a gift from the shop, where there's a wide range of products, from locally made chutneys to fun family books.
Learn about some of the prized paintings and objects in the collection at Dyrham Park, from a triptych painting to a collection of Delft ceramics.
The 270-acre parkland at Dyrham is a great place to explore the outdoors and enjoy a walk, whatever the time of year.
Find out what’s on for families this season at Dyrham Park and plan your visit.