If you’re planning a holiday with your four-legged friend, you might be surprised by how many fantastic dog friendly gardens in Cornwall there are. With huge, sweeping vistas, spectacular sub-tropical plants and an impressive display of colour throughout the year, Cornwall’s gardens are truly something to behold. Explore winding paths, seek out new adventures, or simply find a peaceful spot relax in the sunshine – the choice is yours.
A favourite with dog-walkers and families alike, Trebah is rated among the finest 80 gardens in the world, and is well worth a visit at any time of the year. The lush tropical gardens give way to a private beach on the Helford River, which is a perfect spot for a picnic. Dogs are welcome in the garden and on the beach all year round. And with over four miles of footpath to explore, there are plenty of new sights, smells, and potential new friends around every corner.
Location: Mawnan Smith, Falmouth TR11 5JZ
Opening times: Open daily from 10am (last entry 4.30pm).
Pencarrow House and Gardens
Pencarrow has 50 acres of formal and woodland gardens. You’ll need to keep your dog on a lead in the area around the house and the café, but when you get down to the woodland walks they can run to their heart’s content. In the spring the gardens are a blaze of colour, with rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, and daffodils all vying for attention. Later on in the year, the gardens are transformed by bluebells and blue hydrangeas.
Location: Pencarrow, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 3AG
Opening times: Daily from 1 March – 31 October, 10am – 5.30pm.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Dogs with well-behaved owners are welcome at Heligan. With over 200 acres, the estate offers a variety of interesting sights (and smells) to explore. Take a stroll along the Woodland Walk and look out for the intriguing sculptures which seem to grow out of the landscape.
Location: Pentewan, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 6EN
Opening times: Open from 10am every day of the year (except Christmas Day). Closing times vary depending on the time of year.
Dogs on leads are welcome at Enys Gardens. There are loads of pathways and intriguing areas that you and your dog will love to discover. One of the best times to visit is during bluebell season, which the gardens are transformed by one of the UK’s most beloved spring flowers.
Location: St Gluvias, Penryn TR10 9LB
Opening times: The gardens are usually open April – September on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens opened in September 2012, and is fast becoming a popular place with visitors and their four-legged friends. While it’s a little further afield, Tremenheere is definitely worth the drive. Set in a beautiful sheltered valley, it offers dramatic views across to St Michael’s Mount. As you traverse the gardens, you’ll also come across a variety of contemporary art installations, which are part of an ongoing programme.
Location: near Gulval, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8YL
Opening times: Tremenheere is usually open 10am – 5pm, but this may vary depending on the season.
Note: It’s worth checking the opening hours online before you set off. Some of the gardens have seasonal opening hours or occasional special events that dogs can’t be part of.
Dog friendly self catering cottages
If you’re planning a dog friendly break in Cornwall, take a look at our award-winning self-catering cottages. Whether you’re a couple, a family or a group with a four-legged friend or two, we’ve got a cottage to suit. And with over 30 acres of woodland and meadows for you and your dogs to explore, Bosinver really is pooch paradise.
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