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Visiting Lavenham Guildhall with your dog

Two small bronze rabbits sit on a brick wall in the courtyard garden at Lavenham Guildhall in Suffolk
Explore the Courtyard Garden | © National Trust Images

Lavenham Guildhall is a one pawprint rated place. Dogs on leads are allowed in the garden and tea-room. Assistance dogs are also allowed in the museum. Please keep Lavenham Guildhall enjoyable for everyone by keeping your dog on a short lead, cleaning up after them and following the guidance below.

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.

Lavenham Guildhall is a one pawprint rated place.

Dogs are welcome here, but facilities are limited. They’ll be able to stretch their legs in the village car parks, and walk in the nearby open spaces, depending on the season. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.

What you can expect at Lavenham Guildhall

  • A dog-friendly tea-room
  • Drinking bowls in the entrance to the tea-room and in the entrance to the tea-room garden area
  • A dog bin in the village car park, located on Prentice Street
  • Cooler, wooded walks
  • Route maps

Where can I take my dog?

Dogs are allowed on a lead in the garden and tea-room. When the tea-room is busy, we ask that you use the tables in the corners of the room. Assistance dogs only are allowed in the museum.

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
Visitors looking at a replica model of a medieval thumbscrew at Lavenham Guildhall, Suffolk

Discover more at Lavenham Guildhall

Find out when Lavenham Guildhall is open, how to get here, things to see and do and more.

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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