Skip to content

Visiting Nostell with your dog

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

Nostell welcomes all well-behaved dogs and their humans. Here are our top tips to ensure you and your dog make the most of your day.

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.

Nostell 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 are welcome almost everywhere in the parkland at Nostell, but must be kept on a short lead at busy areas such as:

  • The courtyard
  • The Lower Lake
  • Fields where cattle are grazing.

Dogs can be let off the lead under close control in the parkland and the dedicated ‘dog run’.

We welcome dogs in the rear section of the Courtyard Café.

Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere, including the mansion house and garden.

Where can't my dog go?

  • The garden (including the playground)
  • The treasure house
  • The front section of the Courtyard Café.

Please be aware that there is a seasonal electric fence in use and that cattle may be grazing in the fields. There are also stretches of open water and steep drops on site, which may be dangerous.

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
A black dog on a lead, sat on a bench in the parkland at Nostell
Winter walkies in the parkland at Nostell | © Nick Singleton

What facilities are available for my dog?

We love dogs and we want to keep them happy and healthy. Doggy drinking bowls can be found at the car park cabin and stables courtyard.

Please help keep this a beautiful place by being responsible and clearing up after your dog. There are dog waste bins located in the car park, dog run, footpath to stables, disabled car park, vista, Low Lake and the Ha-Ha. Alternatively, please take any waste home with you to dispose of there.

The exterior of the mansion at Nostell Priory and Parkland on a damp day in winter

Discover more at Nostell

Find out when Nostell is open, how to get here, 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.

Visit website 

You might also be interested in

Visitor walking the 'green corridor' at Bathampton Meadows, Somerset

Dog-friendly places to visit 

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.

Visitors on a walk with their dog in Heddon Valley, Devon
Article
Article

Visiting National Trust places with your dog 

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.

A man sitting at a cafe table with two large dogs
Article
Article

Best walks with dog-friendly cafés 

After a good dog walk in the fresh air, find a place to sit and relax with your dog in a dog-friendly café.

Dog enjoying a Forthglade treat at Attingham Park, Shropshire
Article
Article

How we're working with Forthglade for dog-friendly visits 

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.

A woodland carpeted with bluebells
Article
Article

Exploring the estate at Nostell 

Follow the paths and tracks at Nostell to discover ancient woodland, an abundance of wildlife and rolling views across this enchanting Yorkshire landscape.

Pink roses on a sunny day with a fountain in the background
Article
Article

Things to see in the gardens at Nostell 

Discover edible delights in the kitchen garden, unwind beside the orangery or escape to the menagerie garden before exploring the winding paths of the pleasure grounds.

A member of staff smiles as she pours steamed milk for a customer at the Courtyard Café at Nostell Priory
Article
Article

Eating and shopping at Nostell 

Visit the Courtyard Café with its range of seasonal treats, then head to the National Trust shop, where there’s a range of products inspired by the places we care for.

A visitors walking over stepping stones across a river with her dogs at Hardcastle Crags

Dog-friendly places in Yorkshire 

Whether you're planning a day out at a historic house or in the countryside, you and your dog will receive a warm welcome at lots of places across Yorkshire.