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Visiting Maister House with your dog

Assistance dog with owner at Croome, Worcestershire
An assistance dog with their owner | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Due to nature of the historic hall and stairs, only assistance dogs are able to join you on your visit. Find out a little more about dogs at National Trust places and ideas of where to visit.

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.

Maister House is rated assistance dogs only.

This means, unless your dog helps to facilitate your visit, please leave them at home or in another safe place during your visit.

Where can my dog go?

  • Currently only assistance dogs are allowed to step inside the hall and staircase.

Where can’t my dog go?

  • Please do not tie your dog to the railings outside of the entrance – either find a suitable safe place to leave them or take turns visiting.

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
Entrance hall with historic staircase to the right and table to the left, Maister House, Yorkshire

Discover more at Maister House

Find out when Maister House is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

Our partners

Forthglade

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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