Visiting National Trust places with your dog
Learn about how we're welcoming dogs to the places in our care. Read our Canine Code, find out about the Dogs Welcome Project and discover how the pawprint rating system is now making it easier for you to plan a visit with your dog.
The Canine Code
We want you and your dog to have a fun and stress-free day. We also want to protect farm animals and precious wildlife habitats, as well as ensure everyone can enjoy the countryside, whether or not they have a dog. This is why we've teamed up with natural pet food maker Forthglade to put together the Canine Code.
- 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.
Pawprint rating system
We’ve worked in partnership with Forthglade to create a new pawprint rating system, which shows the facilities for your dog at our places.
To find out what is on offer at the places in our care, check the visitor info tab on the property web page you want to visit.
Best: Three pawprints
Three pawprints shows the very best places you can visit for a day with your dog. You’ll be able to take your dog to most areas, including indoors for a cup of tea and a treat. There’ll be clearly signed dog zones and dog-friendly experiences.
Good: Two pawprints
These places have water bowls, dog bins and dog-friendly walks. You’ll be able to take your dog into some areas, but not everywhere. If there’s a food and beverage outlet, you can have a cup of tea with them, probably outside.
Standard: One pawprint
Dogs are welcome here, but facilities are limited. They’ll be able to stretch their legs in the car park and walk in the nearby open spaces, depending on the season.
- Introducing the Dogs Welcome Project
- From improving dog-friendly trails to providing more waste bins and wash-down areas, we're working with Forthglade to make sure you and your pup feel welcome. In this video, broadcaster and writer Simon Reeve explores Arlington Court in Devon to find out a bit more about the projectWatch the video
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.
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.