We all love exploring new places on holiday – and so do our dogs! In Cornwall, we’re lucky enough to have a wealth of fantastic things to do and see on our doorstep.

There are lots of attractions you can visit with your canine companion, all offering new sights and smells to investigate and potential new friends around every corner.

Here are some of our favourite dog friendly attractions in Cornwall:

1. Chyauster Ancient Village (near Penzance) is an Iron Age settlement that was first occupied nearly 2,000 years ago. Spectacular, rugged surroundings perfect for exploring!

2. Geevor Tin Mine was a working mine till 1990. Now, it’s open for visitors to discover more about Cornwall’s industrial past. Find out what it was like to work as a Cornish tin miner, have a go at panning for tin, and try the tasty traditional pasties in the cafe. Dogs are welcome on the site, but you can’t take them with you on the underground tour.

3. Wheal Martyn Museum and Country Park is just down the road from Bosinver in St Austell. It’s a 26 acre country park with miles of woodland walks, an engaging museum set in the grounds of two former china clay pits (lots of interactive displays), plus an excellent children’s playground and challenge trail. Follow the Historical trail through the former Wheal Martyn China Clay works and find out how china clay was extracted and the important part it played in the lives of the people who lived in this part of Cornwall.

4. Bodmin Jail has been highly recommended by previous guests and promises a fascinating day out. During the First World War, the Jail provided a safe haven for important state papers and the Doomsday book. The Crown Jewels have also stayed there too!

5. The world-famous Minack Theatre is one of Cornwall’s top attractions and needs little introduction. Dogs on leads are welcome during the day (although you can’t bring them with you for evening performances). If you and your four-legged friend fancy stretching your legs a little more, the coastal path is close by.


Other dog-friendly visitor attractions include St Mawes Castle, Pendennis Castle, Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Lappa Valley, Trebah Garden and Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens.

You can also now take your dog to the Eden Project (although not in the biomes)

We hope this gives you a taster of some of the fantastic dog friendly places you can go to while you’re on holiday in Cornwall. If you’re planning on visiting any of these attractions, it’s worth taking a look at their websites for opening hours before you set off, as some of them vary depending on the season.

If you and your canine companion have discovered any other dog friendly attractions in Cornwall, we’d love to hear your recommendations. Leave a comment below, post on our Facebook page or tweet @bosivner.

PS: You can find lots more information about dog friendly holidays in Cornwall on our website, along with details of all our pet friendly self catering cottages.

Editor’s note: this blog was originally published in July 2011 and has been updated with additional information.