Visiting Dunham Massey with your dog
Enjoy some fantastic walks with your dog at Dunham Massey. There’s over 300 acres of ancient parkland in which to stretch your legs.
Dogs love Dunham Massey
With water bowls, dog bins and plenty of dog-friendly space to walk, dogs love a day out at Dunham Massey.
Dogs are welcome on a short lead in the deerpark. Keeping dogs on leads helps us to protect our wildlife, including ground-nesting birds, rabbits and a herd of fallow deer.
In the gardens, dogs are welcome from 12noon on a short lead, across the paths and lawn.
If you'd like your dog to have an energetic run-around, there's lots of space in the North Park. Check the map outside the Visitor Centre for directions on arrival, or ask one of our friendly Welcome Team.
Where else can my dog go?
Welcome across the deerpark, North Park and gardens (from 12noon), dogs are frequent visitors to Dunham Massey.
For a frozen treat or warm drink, you can order and sit with your dog in the Ice Cream Parlour. The Stables Restaurant has a dog-friendly area as you enter to the right. Or, enjoy outdoor refreshments on the Cafe terrace with your furry friend.
Assistance Dogs only in the historic buildings, larger Stables Restaurant space, and in the gardens in the mornings.
What do I need to be aware of at Dunham Massey?
As well as following the Canine Code, be sure to keep an eye out for any signs or notices on the estate while you're out walking 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.
Stroll past historical landmarks and breathe in seasonal scents with a visit to Dunham Massey's ever-evolving and extensive gardens. Crunch through leaves on a woodland walk and watch as the gardens unveil their vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow this autumn.
Dunham Massey's deer park is an historic parkland and naturally spacious place to visit. Walk along the leafy avenues and admire the far-reaching views while getting a breath of fresh air.
There's a great choice of food and drink at Dunham Massey, with options to sit inside or outside. Afterwards, visit the shops and discover a treasure trove of goodies, ideal for a gift or souvenir.
With dog-friendly gardens, countryside and ancient woodland to choose from in Cheshire and Greater Manchester, you're spoilt for choice for your next adventure with your dog.