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Visiting Shaw's Corner with your dog

A dog on lead is sitting on the grass beside its owners
Dogs are welcome to explore the garden at Shaw's Corner on a short lead | © Catriona Corrigan

Dogs are welcome to explore the garden at Shaw's Corner on a short lead. Read more to find out how to make the most of your visit with your four-legged friend.

Our pawprint rating system

We’ve been working on making it easier for you to find out how dog-friendly your visit will be before you and your four-legged friend arrive. To help with this, we've created a new pawprint rating system and given all the places in our care a rating. You can find this information in the National Trust members’ handbook.

Shaw's Corner is a one pawprint rated place.

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. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.

Where can my dog go at Shaw's Corner?

Dogs are welcome to explore the garden at Shaw's Corner on a short lead. Assistance dogs only are welcome inside the house.

What facilities are available for dogs?

A water bowl that's topped up with fresh water daily is available at the welcome point. We do not have a dog waste bin at Shaw's Corner, so ask that you please take your waste home with you.

You are advised not to leave your dog in your car. Please speak to the welcome point team on arrival if you require any further information.

a wooden stand with two stainless steel dog bowls in it. On the back Shaws Paws is carved into the wood
Dog's are welcome in the garden at Shaw's Corner | © National Trust / Rebecca Whitmore

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
View of the south front of Shaw's Corner, Hertfordshire

Discover more at Shaw's Corner

Find out when Shaw's Corner is open, how to get here, things to see and do and more.

Our partners


We've partnered with natural pet food maker Forthglade so that you and your dog can get even more out of the special places we care for.

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Visitors in the garden at Shaw's Corner, Hertfordshire

Booking your visit to Shaw's Corner 

Shaw's Corner is open for pre-booked house tours only. Find all the information and to book your visit here. Visits to the garden only do not require pre-booking.

Visitors in the garden at Shaw's Corner, Hertfordshire

Visiting the garden at Shaw's Corner 

The garden at Shaw’s Corner extends to 3.5 acres and is in a conservation area. Kept as Shaw liked it, the garden looks just the same today.

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Dog-friendly places to visit 

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.