We know it can be hard to leave your beloved four legged friend at home when you go out with your family for the day, so here are a few attractions that allow dogs within their grounds. It is always best to double check with your attraction so that you know of any restrictions this will place on your visit. Sometimes dogs will not be allowed in certain areas of popular attractions so you would also have to miss out on these. Our advice would be to check the website before you go.
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, Bradwell Grove, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4JP, 01993 823006, www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk
Get closer to wildlife at Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens near Burford in Oxfordshire. They are one of the very few wildlife parks or zoos in the UK that welcome well behaved four-legged friends.
North Leigh Roman Villa, East End, Oxfordshire, 0870 333 1181, www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/north-leigh-roman-villa
The remains of a large, well-built Roman courtyard villa. The most important feature is a near complete mosaic tile floor, patterned in reds and browns. Dogs on leads are welcome – contact site for any restrictions. Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere.
Uffington Castle, Woolstone, Oxfordshire, 0870 333 1181, www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/uffington-castle-white-horse-and-dragon-hill/
These atmospheric sites lie along the Ridgeway. Uffington ‘Castle’ is a large Iron Age hillfort, Dragon Hill a natural mound associated in legend with St George. The famous and enigmatic White Horse is the oldest chalk-cut hill figure in Britain. Dogs on leads are welcome – contact site for any restrictions. Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere.
North Hinksey Conduit House, North Hinksey Village, Oxfordshire, 0870 333 1181, www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/north-hinksey-conduit-house
Roofed conduit for Oxford’s first water mains, constructed during the early 17th century. Exterior viewing only. Dogs on leads are welcome – contact site for any restrictions. Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere.
Kenilworth Castle, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1NE, 01926 852078, www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/kenilworth-castle
Take your dog and all the family to the grounds of one of England’s most spectacular castle ruins in Warwickshire. With its beautiful grounds you & your dog will love to explore Kenilworth Castle.
Stratford Town Walk, Swan Fountain on Waterside, Opposite Sheep Street, Near the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BA, 07855760377, www.stratfordtownwalk.co.uk
Guided walking tour around historic Stratford upon Avon 365 days a year with local professional guides. Explore Stratford, its history, attractions, and fascinating relationship with William Shakespeare. “A must do”. Dogs are welcome.
Chichele College, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, 0870 333 1181, www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/chichele-college
The gatehouse and other remains of a communal residence for priests serving the parish church, founded by local-born Archbishop Chichele in c. 1422. Regularly used to display works of art. Dogs on leads are welcome – contact site for any restrictions. Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere.
Kirby Hall, Deene, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN17 3EN, 01536 203230, www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/kirby-hall
Kirby Hall is one of England’s greatest Elizabethan mansions; why not take a wonder around the great gardens with your dog, and explore all that it has to offer. Dogs on leads are welcome at Kirby Hall. Please note that restrictions may apply to certain areas of the site.
Rushton Triangular Lodge, Rushton, Northamptonshire, NN14 1RP, 0870 333 1181, www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/rushton-triangular-lodge
This delightful triangular building was designed by Sir Thomas Tresham (father of one of the Gunpowder Plotters) and constructed between 1593 and 1597. Dogs on leads are welcome – contact site for any restrictions. Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere.