Visiting Standen House and Garden with your dog
Your four-legged friends are welcome at Standen, in fact the Beales owned dogs themselves. You can explore acres of woodland on the wider estate and follow paths around the formal garden.
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.
Standen House and Garden 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 short leads are welcome at Standen in the garden and wider estate.
Enjoy a longer walk on the estate including ancient bluebell woods and meadowland which can be enjoyed all year round. Dogs are welcome on a lead.
Where can't my dog go?
Assistance dogs only in the house, shop and Barn Café. Please don't leave your dog unattended.
Please read local notices which will inform you about livestock, the lambing season and any ground-nesting birds in the area.
Facilities available for my dog
You'll find waste bins in the car park, at the end of the farm track to Hollybush Wood and at the entrance to Jack and Tommy field. After a walk in the grounds and woodland, stop off at the Barn Café for a takeaway tasty treat or picnic. Dogs are welcome in the courtyard seating area and water bowls are available there and at visitor reception. Assistance dogs only in the Barn Café and shop.
If you are planning to leave your four-legged friend in the car at any stage during your visit, please be aware the car park offers very limited shade and is on a first come, first served basis.
There are many benches in the garden where you can wait with your dog while other members of your party visit the house.
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.
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.
After a good dog walk in the fresh air, find a place to sit and relax with your dog in a dog-friendly café.
Treat yourself to a seasonal meal or snack from the Barn Café at Standen House and Garden and take a souvenir home from the shop, plant centre and second-hand bookshop.
Stroll around the Arts and Crafts inspired hillside garden at Standen, explore themed outdoor rooms and find a rare collection of plants including ones grown by Margaret Beale.
Enjoy self-guided walks through 100 acres of West Sussex countryside on the Standen estate, including ancient woodlands, wildflower meadows and links to the Bluebell Steam Railway.