Visiting Oxburgh Estate with your dog
Dogs are very welcome at Oxburgh Estate. To help everyone have a fantastic time when you visit, we ask that you follow this guidance.
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 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.
Oxburgh Estate is a two pawprint rated place.
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. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.
Where can my dog go?
Dogs and well-behaved owners are welcome across the estate (including inside the tearoom and gift shop) apart from inside Oxburgh Hall. However, dogs assisting visitors are welcome inside the hall.
Dogs are required to always remain on a lead.
Whilst exploring the Parkland, please avoid the circular walk that leads off National Trust land, as the neighbour would rather that dogs stay on site at Oxburgh.
Oxburgh Estate is a moated property, which can catch some dogs off-guard. We ask that owners take special care near this deep body of water.
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.
- Crockery is for humans: water bowls are available around the site. Please ask a member of the team if there is anything else you need.
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.
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