Visiting Hardwick with your dog
Exploring acres of countryside with your four-legged friend is one of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful parkland at Hardwick Hall. Here’s everything you need to know about bringing your dog.
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 pawprint rating system and given all the places in our care a rating. You can find this information in the National Trust members’ handbook.
Hardwick 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?
Dogs on leads are welcome to explore many areas across the Hardwick Estate, including the parkland and Stableyard, which is the main visitor area.
Where can't my dog go?
Dogs aren’t allowed in the Hall or gardens. Well behaved dogs are welcome with their owners in the restaurant. Please use the designated seating area.
On busier days (which includes weekends) we also open the outdoor trailer for takeaway food and drink, so you can grab a treat with your dog.
Why it's important to have your dog on a lead at Hardwick
Hardwick Park is a working farm, home to our rare breed Long Horn cattle, along with herds of sheep. To keep these animals safe and secure we ask you to keep your dog on a lead at all times.
Facilities available for my dog
There are plenty of dog poo bins around the estate, so please pick up after your dog and make use of them.
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.
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.
Visit Hardwick's parkland to enjoy stunning scenery and a wide range of walking routes and wildlife this season.
Enjoy tasty food and drink in the Great Barn restaurant or browse in the gift shop. Both are located within a historic setting at Hardwick.
Read how wealth, power and ambition drove Bess of Hardwick to build her grand design, filled with a treasure trove of fine furnishings that can still be seen at the Hall today.