Sherborne Castle and Gardens
Dog friendly days out in Dorset
We understand how special your four legged friends can be and you'll be pleased to hear that you don’t need to worry about leaving a member of the family behind during your visit to Dorset!
Visit your favourite attractions in Dorset and let your faithful companion join in the fun! With endless attractions and sites open to dogs, it is a dog walker’s haven; from historic castles to fascinating museums, you and your pup are spoilt for choice!
A walk through time
How about taking a journey back in time and seeing some of Purbeck's best sights on Swanage Railway? The 12 mile return trip takes you through the beautiful Purbeck countryside, including stunning views of William the Conqueror's Corfe Castle. As you travel down to Swanage, you can appreciate the rich history of the area and the influence it had on famous authors such as Enid Blyton and Thomas Hardy.
Stop off at the charming village of Corfe Castle and visit Corfe Castle Model Village and Gardens for a glimpse into how the magnificent castle would have looked all those centuries ago. With an acre of enchanting landscaped gardens, there's lots for your pup to explore including a wildlife garden, fossil corner and even giant games for all the family! They also have tea rooms where you can spoil yourself with a delicious meal in a delightful 17th century courtyard.
How about a family day out to the exciting Dinosaur Museum? Discover the story of the dinosaurs and their enthralling prehistoric world. A must for any fossil enthusiast, with lots of hands-on activities and dinosaur reconstructions including Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus and Triceratops!
Wander Dorset's stunning gardens
Or how about exploring the delightful Exbury Gardens and stretching your legs on the 20 miles of pathways? Marvel at the world-famous displays of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias and the beautiful scenes as you stroll along the riverside walks.
If that takes your fancy, then you'll also love the interesting grounds at Athelhampton House with their famous topiary pyramids and collections of tulips, roses, magnolias, clematis and lilies. The fine 15th Century Manor House is surrounded by one of the great architectural gardens of England, so you and your pup will have bags of fun exploring the stunning grounds.
Roam somewhere new
Escape the outside world at the mesmerizing Blue Pool in Wareham. Famous for its colour changing waters, you and your companion can enjoy walks around the water and see the magical spectrum of colours of the pool. Don't miss the steps up to the fantastic views of the Purbeck Hills. If you're peckish, the Tea House offers scrumptious lunches and cream teas!
Lulworth Castle and Park is perfect for walking off some energy around the extensive parkland. Stretch your legs in the spacious grounds and take a wander through the woodland walks. If it’s a warm day, take a picnic for you and your pooch or there are delectable homemade cakes, cream teas and other refreshments in the new tea rooms which you can enjoy in the garden or takeaway to enjoy at your own leisure.
Whatever adventure you and your companion are looking for, you'll both be entertained at Dorset's assortment of dog-friendly attractions! Compliment your day with a hearty lunch or a delicious bite to eat at one of Dorset's superb dog-friendly pubs and restaurants.
For even more information on where to visit and walk with your dog, visit the Dorset Dogs website.