Visiting Florence Court with your dog
Dogs are welcome at Florence Court, and with acres of parkland to explore there are plenty of opportunities for bounding, jumping, sniffing and splashing through the estate.
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.
Florence Court 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 Florence Court?
Dogs on leads are welcome on the estate, in the garden and in the main visitor courtyard area at Florence Court. Only guide dogs are permitted inside the house.
Pull on your walking boots and stride out on an adventure with your pooch, soak in the elevated views stretching across Fermanagh and beyond, or wander through the historic woodland on the estate.
There are two great walks around the estate that are ideal to explore with your dog all year round. These take between one and three hours to complete. For more information, speak to a member of the visitor welcome team.
What facilities are available for dogs?
Drinking bowls for your dog are located at the visitor centre and in the stableyard area near the tea-room, there are bins in the car parks for dog waste.
What do I need to be aware of?
Dogs are required to be on short leads in the walled garden and around farm animals in Florence Court's wider estate. We understand that in a vast open space like Florence Court you may want to let your dog off lead but we ask that dogs are kept on a lead and under effective control during their visit.
Please speak to the visitor welcome team if you require any more information.
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.
After a good dog walk in the fresh air, find a place to sit and relax with your dog in a dog-friendly café.
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.
The National Trust is for everyone, and at Florence Court our team have been working hard to improve accessibility across the estate to enable more visitors to enjoy and explore this special place.
Enjoy seasonal dishes made with local produce in the Stables Tea-room. The second-hand bookshop is stocked with a wide range of pre-loved books to take home.
Take in sweeping vistas and elevated views on a walk through the estate, or wander through native woodland to spot historic features and the original Irish Yew tree.
With water bowls, hitching posts and plenty of ground to cover, the places in our care aren't just for history-loving hounds. The sandy beaches and woodland trails on offer are a dog-walker's dream. From dog exercise areas to dog-friendly accommodation, discover a slice of canine heaven when visiting with your four-legged friend.