Visiting Emmetts Garden with your dog
Dogs are welcome in all the outdoor areas at Emmetts Garden. There are lots of open spaces to tire dogs out, as well as woodland paths and routes to roam.
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.
Emmetts Garden is a three pawprint rated place.
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 and there’ll be clearly signed dog zones and dog-friendly experiences. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.
Where can my dog go at Emmetts Garden?
Your canine pal is welcome in all outdoor areas of the garden and woodland. Please keep your dog on a short lead throughout all areas when visiting.
What facilities are available for dogs?
Water bowls can be found outside the Visitor Centre, Discovery Cabin and Old Stables Tea Room for when your dog needs a drink.
Please keep the garden clean and safe for everyone to enjoy by picking up after your dog. The dog bin is in the car park near to the Visitor Centre. Please do not put dog waste in the general waste bins provided in the garden. If you run out of bags, we are happy to provide you with some from the Visitor Centre.
What do I need to be aware of?
Assistance dogs only are welcome in the Old Stable Tea Room. Should you wish to visit the tea-room, there is plenty of outside seating where you and your dog can enjoy refreshments. Please leave your dog outside when ordering.
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.
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 a good dog walk in the fresh air, find a place to sit and relax with your dog in a dog-friendly café.
Enjoy family-friendly fun and outdoor play in the fresh air at Emmetts Garden, all set against a backdrop of glorious Edwardian garden, on one of the highest points of the Kentish Weald.
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