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Visiting Plas yn Rhiw with your dog

Dog on a lead at Nostell Priory in West Yorkshire
A dog on a lead exploring a National Trust property | © National Trust Images/John Miller

A day out with the family is not complete without your four-legged friend. Here are our top tips to ensure you and your dog make the most out of your trip to Plas yn Rhiw.

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.

Plas yn Rhiw 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.

Where can I take my dog at Plas yn Rhiw?

Dogs are welcome to explore the paths of the lower woodland, behind the visitor reception and toilets, on a short lead. They are also welcome at the courtyard of the tea-room on a lead.

Where can’t my dog go?

Only assistance dogs are allowed in the main garden, upper woodland, orchard, and 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.

Facilities available for my dog

There are water bowls available outside the visitor reception and tea-room courtyard. There is one dog bin on site, located at the start of the lower woodland trails just after the toilet block.

The house at Plas yn Rhiw, framed with bright azaleas and the new leaves of box hedges, in Gwynedd, Wales

Discover more at Plas yn Rhiw

Find out when Plas yn Rhiw is open, how to get here, the 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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