Visiting The Children's Country House at Sudbury with your dog
Dogs are welcome at The Children's Country House at Sudbury all year round. Please keep The Children's Country House enjoyable for everyone by keeping them on a short lead, cleaning up after them and following the 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 and your four-legged-friend arrive. To help with this, we've created a new pawprint rating system and given all places in our care a rating. You can find this information in the National Trust members' handbook.
The Children's Country House at Sudbury 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 csan 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 The Children's Country House?
Dogs are welcome on a short lead across the Garden and wider estate at The Children's Country House . Only assistance dogs are permitted inside the Museum, Hall and other buildings.
What facilities are available for dogs?
We have water bowls available at Visitor Services and out side the Cafe.
Dog bins are located at the car park and just inside the gates to the Gardens.
We also have dog-friendly icecream available from the Fairytale Forest Cafe.
What do I need to be aware of?
Our offer is predominantly indoors and dogs, unless guiddogs are not permitted inside buidlings. We also advise not to leave your pet in the car, as the car park offers no shade and is a 400 yard walk from the property.
Please speak to the visitor welcome team if you require any more information.
To make sure that everyone has an enjoyable day, please follow our Canine Code:
- Take the lead: help reduce the chance of your pup disturbing wildlife by keeping them on a lead
- Scoop that poop: bag it and bin it to keep your favourite places beautiful
- Paws for thought: look out for information signs (and take extra care on cliff paths)
- Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by
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
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.
Book your visit to The Children's Country House at Sudbury, a place to have fun with history. On your visit you can explore the Sudbury Hall, Museum and the Gardens. You can get creative in the Activity Hub, take a well-deserved rest at the Fairytale Forest Cafe and help our fundraising efforts by supporting The Jungle Bookshop, our second-hand shop.
Explore the Garden and explore, admire and connect with the beauty of nature.
Grab a bite to eat at the Fairy Tale Café or picnic in the grounds or Boathouse. The jungle-inspired fundraising shop is a treasure trove of gifts and goodies for children and adults alike.