Visiting Wentworth Castle Gardens with your dog
Wentworth Castle Gardens welcomes all well-behaved dogs and their humans. To make sure that everyone has an enjoyable visit, find out where you can go with your dog, what facilities are available to them and other important information.
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.
Wentworth Castle Gardens is a three pawprint rated place.
Three pawprints shows the very best places you can visit for a day with your dog. You’ll be able to take your dog to most areas, including indoors for a cup of tea and a treat. There’ll be clearly signed dog zones and dog-friendly experiences. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.
Where can my dog go?
Dogs are welcome on fixed short leads throughout the gardens and parkland. Extendable leads are not permitted as they can create a danger to other visitors and to wildlife if dogs are not kept under close control. Fixed leads are available to borrow from the visitor welcome building.
There is a dog-friendly area inside the Long Barn Café for you to sit and enjoy a cuppa and scone with your pooch. You can also find outdoor seating at the Long Barn Café.
Where can't my dog go?
Dogs are not allowed in the playground area and only assistance dogs are allowed inside the conservatory.
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
Facilities available for my dog
Dog waste bins are located in the garden and parkland – please see the visitor map for details.
Complimentary waste bags, short leads and water bowls can be found in the visitor reception building.
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