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Visiting Polesden Lacey with your dog

Visitors and a dog in the parkland in autumn at Polesden Lacey, Surrey
Visitors and a dog in the parkland in autumn at Polesden Lacey | © National Trust Images/John Millar

You're welcome to bring your dog to explore large areas of the garden and the wider 1,600-acre estate at Polesden Lacey. Find out where you can walk your four-legged friends, the things to be aware of on the estate and the facilities available.

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.

Polesden Lacey is a two pawprint rated place.

You’ll be able to take your dog to most areas, including into our small Coffee Shop for a cup of tea and a treat. There’ll be clearly signed dog zones and dog-friendly experiences. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.

Where can my dog go?

Mrs Greville, Polesden Lacey’s last owner, was a great dog lover and we continue to welcome dogs across a large part of the grounds, excluding the formal gardens. Dogs are now allowed to browse in the gift shop with you too. You can download the Polesden Lacey dog walkers map to see all the areas in the pleasure grounds dogs can access, or pick up a copy when you arrive.

Where can't my dog go?

We allow assistance dogs only in the Café, mansion, in the formal gardens and in some parts of the pleasure grounds. Check the Polesden Lacey dog walkers map for more details. Please make sure your assistance dog is wearing their identity harness.

What do I need to be aware of at Polesden Lacey?

The 1,600-acre estate is the perfect place to explore with your four-legged friend. However please bear in mind that there are working farms on the estate.

Take care around livestock

Please keep your dog on a lead if livestock are in the field. If cattle approach you, we recommend that you let go of your dog's lead.

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

Facilities available for my dog

We have water bowls outside the Coffee Shop and Café. Dogs are welcome inside the Coffee Shop and there is outdoor seating by the Café.

Please help to keep the countryside lovely by picking up after your dog. There are waste bins in the car park, by Golf Course field and inside the pleasure grounds near the water tower, just past visitor reception.

Car park

There is very little shade in the car park, so please don't leave your dog in the car. Don’t forget that you can take your dog into most of the grounds and across the estate, so there’s no need for them to miss out.

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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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