Visiting Bodnant Garden with your dog
With 80 acres to explore, from formal gardens to meadows and woods, there's a walk to suit everyone at Bodnant Garden. Dogs are welcome on short leads (not extendable) every day from 1 October to the end of March and all day every Thursday to Sunday, from 1 April to the end of September.
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.
Bodnant Garden is a one pawprint rated place.
Dogs are welcome here, but facilities are limited. They’ll be able to stretch their legs in the car park and walk in the nearby open spaces, depending on the season. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.
Walking your dog at Bodnant Garden
Dogs are welcome every day in autumn and winter, from 1 October to the end of March, and all day every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the spring and summer, from 1 April to the end of September. Please note that dogs are not allowed into the garden on Bank Holiday Mondays between April and September.
Help us to care for the garden
Although most of our visitors with dogs follow our short leads policy and pick up after their four-legged friends, there are still, unfortunately, occasions when dogs are let off leads or roam further on an extendable lead. We will ask that any visitor with a dog not on a short lead at all times puts a short lead on before entering the garden. This includes the Old Park and woodland.
We have short leads available, just ask the team in the Visitor Reception building if you need one. Please help us to keep Bodnant dog friendly in the future by always following this regulation and bringing plenty of dog bags to pick up any waste. There are dog waste bins located around the garden.
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.
Other places nearby to visit with your dog
Check out our neighbouring National Trust Wales places too. With castles, coast and countryside to explore, there are many opportunities for some great walkies right on our doorstep.
Enjoy delicious refreshments at Bodnant Garden’s tea-rooms all year round or from the riverside kiosk down in The Dell during weekends through the winter.
Visit a world-class garden in Wales at Bodnant Garden and enjoy 80 acres of formal gardens, woodland and meadows and botanical collections from around the globe.
Explore the many exotic and rare plants and trees at Bodnant Garden, including five National Collections, as well as Wales’s largest collection of UK Champion Trees.
Discover how a 'dwelling by a stream' in Snowdonia's foothills grew into a global horticultural haven thanks to generations of the McLaren family and Puddle head gardeners.