Can I bring my dog?
Sorry but we only allow guide dogs in. Our main worries are the threat of disease to our gardeners, the potential damage to valuable collections, the visual mess that can be left by irresponsible owners and the fear that dogs can create in some visitors and especially, schoolchildren.
We manage an estate of more than six hundred acres and would not have the resources to ensure that it was free at all of times of any animal mess. This, we would be both morally and legally obliged to do. In addition, a significant contiguous part of our estate comprises organic sheep farmland.
We do, however, keep provision of facilities for visitors under review and this includes for those with dogs. We are actively considering how we may in future be able to accommodate dog owners and are in the process of finalising plans for some trial “Doggie Days”. No firm dates have yet been fixed though.
If I can’t bring my dog in to the Garden, do you have an exercise area for dogs?
Yes, there’s a nice walk around the outer perimeter of Garden. Water is available for dogs from Gatehouse café.
Do you have under cover parking so I can leave my dog in the shade during the summer months?
Our car park is bisected by tall hedges which provide cover but as the sun moves around, we’d advice you to return to your car during the day to move your car to another shaded area.