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Visiting Ormesby Hall with your dog

A dog on a lead sits patiently next to its owner with a bowl of water at Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Water bowls are available for use | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

With acres of parkland to explore, Ormesby Hall is a great place to share with your dog. So bring along your four-legged friend to join you on your visit or just head into the wider estate for a walk.

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.

Ormesby Hall 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. If there’s a food and beverage outlet, you can have a cup of tea with them, probably outside. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.

Where can my dog go at Ormesby Hall?

Dogs are very welcome at Ormesby Hall in the garden, woodland walks, parkland, café outdoor seating terrace and courtyards.

What facilities are available for dogs?

There are water bowls at the welcome hut and outside the café and there are four dog bins on site found at the main car park, staff car park, main gates on Ladgate Lane and within Pennyman woods.

What do I need to be aware of?

Assistance dogs only are welcome inside the house, café and second-hand bookshop. There are lots of farm animals grazing on the wider estate, so we ask dog owners to keep their dogs on a short lead.

Dog walking on the Holnicote Estate, Somerset
Visitors walking with their dogs | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

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
A view across the rear garden towards Ormesby Hall, North Yorkshire

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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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