Cornwall is one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations, with millions flocking there to visit its breath-taking scenery, lively towns and villages and fantastic attractions. But there’s no need for dogs to miss out on all the fun – Cornwall is incredibly dog-friendly, with plenty of wonderful places to visit welcoming your pet with open arms. If you’re planning a holiday to Cornwall and having your dog along for the ride, here are some top ideas on how to spend your trip.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell
The Lost Gardens of Heligan is one of Cornwall’s biggest attractions, and you and your dog alike are sure to love exploring the 200 acres of magical gardens. Just 25 years ago, these gardens were buried under a tangle of weeds, but they have now been restored to an amazing series of Victorian gardens, jungles and pleasure grounds. Well-behaved dogs are welcome all year round on a short lead, and together you can spot some of the gardens’ most famous sights, including the Giant’s Head, Grey Lady, and Mud Maid.
Gweek Seal Sanctuary, near Helston
Perfect for wildlife lovers, at the Gweek Seal Sanctuary you can get up close and personal to several charming characters, including not only seals but also penguins, sea lions and otters. Talks and feeding demos are held throughout the day so you can find out even more about these friendly creatures. Dogs are welcome throughout the sanctuary, except for on the Safari Bus and inside the café and Seal Hospital.
Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm, near Truro
Learn all about one of the West Country’s most famous exports at Healey’s, where you can take a tour of the fruit orchards, the distillery and the cellars. Not only does Healey’s produce cider, it also creates a tantalising selection of wines, spirits and preserves. You can also take a tour of the farm on a tractor ride and see the resident animals, and the best part is that your dog is welcome to join you for the whole experience!
Lappa Valley, near Newquay
Hop aboard a train heading for adventure at Lappa Valley, where a steam train takes you to a leisure park packed full of fun activities. As well as the steam railway bringing you to the park, there are two other miniature railways to ride. At the leisure park, you can enjoy a round of crazy golf, drive pedal cars, go canoeing on a lake and let the kids run free in the play areas and carriages. Dogs on leads are welcome on the steam railway and canoe boats at a small extra charge of £1.
Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, near Penzance
The Minack Theatre is a world-famous outdoor theatre carved into a granite cliff and set amongst glorious gardens. Overlooking Porthcurno Bay, this cliffside theatre hosts regular plays and concerts, and even when performances aren’t taking place, you can take in the amazing scenery offered up at this one-of-a-kind landmark. Your dog is welcome to join you in exploring the theatre during a day visit. However, dogs are not permitted during performances.
It’s not only Cornwall’s attractions which are dog-friendly – there is a variety of accommodation which welcomes four-legged friends too! If you’re looking to go self-catering, holidaycottages.co.uk is a great place to look for somewhere to stay, as they have more than 400 dog-friendly holiday cottages in Cornwall to choose from. Click here to check out the complete collection: https://www.holidaycottages.co.uk/dog-friendly