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5 dog friendly days out in Wiltshire

The words “dogs” and “Wiltshire” should start being included next to one another in the Oxford English Dictionary, given how the area is so accommodating and exciting for your furry companions! This county in South West England encompasses all-things-natural and dog-friendly. 

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Tourists flock from the world over to visit this famous historical landmark in Wiltshire, and there’s no reason why you can’t get your cultural-fix without having to leave the dogs at home. Though they are unlikely to grasp the majesty of the prehistoric ring of standing stones, the area is so beautiful that they’ll get all the scents they could dream of! Dogs are not permitted in the monument field (unless they are assistant dogs), but there are numerous trails that you can enjoy with them, whilst taking in the area’s beauty and admiring the 13 feet high stone tribute. 

Visiting with dogs:

Dogs are not allowed in the Stone Circle Monument Field but dogs on leads are welcome outside the visitor centre, and in the surrounding National Trust fields.

Website: Stonehenge

English Heritage

Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey

This masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture was built as a nunnery of the Augustinian order in the early 13th century by the Countess of Salisbury. This is a great historical representation of English county homes, which was once inhabited by William Henry Fox Talbot. It is a National Trust property, so you can expect all the usuals when it comes to taking your dog with you: water taps, bins, car parks and so on. The only requirement is that you keep your dog on a leash, so as not to disrupt other guests, and stay within the wooded copse and out of the main park and garden.

Visiting with dogs:

Dogs welcome in the abbey grounds in winter season.
(1 November to 31 March).

Website: Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey

Avebury Stone Circle

Avebury Stone Circle

This area is not shy on incredible stone circles, so if you’re looking to explore them, your next stop should be the Avebury Stone Circle. There’s the ancient stone circle itself, a museum and a manor house and each are worth your time. The area is at the heart of the Avebury World Heritage Site and best yet: it is dog-friendly! There are no limitations on where your dogs can explore, they’re even allowed in the cafe and Avebury Manor and Garden – they just need to be minded, kept on a lead and looked after. There are bins to make that an easy task. 

Visiting with dogs:

Dogs on leads are welcome across the site apart from the National Trust cafe and Avebury Manor and Garden.

Website: Avebury Stone Circle

Lacock Abbey

Stourhead

Stourhead

Locals and tourists alike flock to the National Trust’s Stourhead if they’re looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors and exercise their dogs at the same time. Dogs are welcome in the landscape garden, which is a loop that takes around 2 hours to complete, from March until October after 4pm, and then after 3pm in November and absolutely all-day-everyday from December to February. There are water bowls for dogs at the reception area, and a cafe for your personal refreshment needs (and maybe a nice scone, while you’re at it). Given the number of grazing farm animals, it’s important to keep your dogs on a lead. 

Visiting with dogs:

Dogs welcome:
After 4pm on short fixed leads March – October.
After 3pm on short fixed leads throughout November
Dogs welcome in the garden all day December – February

Website: Stourhead

Lacock Abbey

Ludgershall Castle & Cross

Ludgershall Castle & Cross

This castle in Ludgershall was a royal residence in the 12th and 13th centuries, now what remains is a great day out for the family to get a bit of a cultural experience alongside an outdoor adventure. Dogs on leads are welcome. There are public toilets if you want to fill up a water bowl for your pets, and cafes to sit and enjoy the scenery with a nice piece of cake and coffee. Amidst the scenery and ruins, there is a medieval cross worth a look. If you plot a route prior to going, you can make it so that you do a large loop, enjoying everything this small but wonderful section of Wiltshire has to offer. 

Visiting with dogs:

Dogs on leads are welcome all year round.

Website: Ludgershall Castle & Cross

English Heritage

When people think of dog-friendly days, they often overlook places like the above, because they don’t seem like obvious spaces for dogs to enjoy. Trust that that’s not the case, and that the change in format and scenery to just a straight-path walk is a great excitement for you canine companions. 

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