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5 dog friendly days out in Cornwall

Cornwall is a great holiday destination for dogs. There are dog-friendly beaches – and you can trust that there are loads of them. There are walking routes and hills that will have them running along with their love of life and boundless energy. But there are also a range of days out that include your furry friends. 

Eden Project 

Eden Project

Eden Project is a beautiful Botanical garden in Cornwall’s hamlet of Bodelva. It is one of Cornwall’s best days out, with family and dog friendly activities brimming out of every crevice of this special attraction and tribute to nature. This educational charity really pulls out all the stops, with regular events taking place that can be learnt about on the website, a giant bee exhibition, a rainforest biome, canopy walkways and a multitude of gardens. Unfortunately, though understandably, dogs are not allowed in houses or exhibition areas, but they are welcome in all picnic areas, nature trails, and in the gardens. Leashes are required. 

Eden Project

Information when visiting with dogs

Dogs on leads can enjoy miles of outdoor paths at Eden, but unfortunately can’t enter the Biomes or other undercover areas, apart from the Visitor Centre.

Website: Eden Project

Geevor Tin Mine 

Geevor Tin Mine

Who would have thought a tin mine museum would be a great day out for kids and dogs alike? Well, Geevor Tin Mine, in the far west of Cornwall, straddling the villages of Pendeen and Trewellard, proves how fun and educational something like this can be for the whole family. Though your dogs probably won’t grasp the nuances of the experiences of Cornish miners, they are allowed everywhere in this educational attraction provided they are on their leads, and excluding the shop, café and underground. Everyone can get involved in the adventure and discover the fascinating history of the area – even if your dog is doing that through sniffing and exploring. 

Geevor Tin Mine

Information when visiting with dogs

Dogs are welcome across the entire mine site, with the exception of  the underground mine.

Website: Geevor Tin Mine

Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm

Healeys Cornish Cydar Farm
Credit: Visitcornwall

Don’t worry, we aren’t here to tell you that you should take your dog cider tasting – though the sampling opportunity is certainly a fun activity for the adult contingency of your family. Cornish apples are world-renowned, so you can assume their cider is too. But that’s not all this attraction has to offer. There are great outdoor areas with opportunities to pet and observe farm animals or free-roaming peacocks. Another great element for the dogs are walking around the orchards, provided you can keep them calm and from disrupting other animals and guests. Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm is a sociable experience for the dogs, too, as there are so many of them running about enjoying their time at this family-friendly attraction. 

Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm

Information when visiting with dogs

Dogs on leads are welcome. They are allowed everywhere except for production areas.

Website: Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm

Lappa Valley 

Lappa Valley

Lappa Valley, near Newquay, is best known for its steam railway and its inclusion for dogs. The railway runs from Benny Halt to East Wheal Rose, at which point there is a leisure area which includes mini golf and delicious food. Unlike some places that have a restriction on which attractions the dogs can participate in, for £1 dogs are allowed on Lappa Valley’s steam railway, canoe boats, Newlyn Downs Branch Line and sprawling, tree canopied nature walks. If you fancy making a weekend of the trip, there’s a flat at the station that is great for the whole family, with an expansive garden for your dog to roam while you enjoy the nearby miniature railway station. 

Lappa Valley

Information when visiting with dogs

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome on the Steam Railway, canoe boats, Newlyn Downs Branch Line and numerous nature walks.

Website: Lappa Valley

The Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre in Porthcurno is 4 miles from Cornwall’s Land’s End and one of the UK’s most famous outdoor amphitheatres. It was built on top of a gully, with a granite edge that is overlooking the ocean lapping against the jutting rocks. Dogs are welcome to explore during the day, but are unfortunately not allowed to accompany you to performances. VIsiting the theatre outside of performance times is a great experience too, with their shining feature being the sub-tropical gardens that are planted all the way down to the ocean edge. The views are breathtaking and the fresh outdoor air is just what you, your family pet and your family needs.

The Minack Theatre

Information when visiting with dogs

Dogs are welcome during visiting hours, but we regret that no dogs (except guide dogs) will be admitted to performances.

Website: The Minack Theatre

Looking for more dog friendly attractions in Cornwall?

Visit Cornwall

Visit Cornwall, the official tourist board website, contains a comprehensive guide to lots of dog friendly days out in Cornwall.
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