Dogs love Cornwall almost as much as Cornwall loves dogs! This South-West gem is brimming with breathtaking coasts, sandy beaches and family-friendly attractions, that are massively dog-friendly. Whether your pooch has an eye for art or enjoys the odd play, the possibilities of things to do in Cornwall with your pooch are endless. Much more than parks or woodland walks, are the best tourist attraction in Cornwall that all the family can enjoy.
Best for: Dog walks
Explore the world’s largest indoor rainforest with your pooch, right here in St Austell. Travel the world without the fuss of boarding a plane with your pet. Here in the Eden Project, the microclimate boasts an abundance of tropical plants from across the globe. So travel to any climate of your choice and discover the secrets of the rainforest and the climate that sustains life here.
Rivalling King Arthur’s trail and named the best dog-walking destination in the world, let your four-legged friend experience the sights, sounds and smells of the jungle as you wander through Malaysia. Providing water bowls, an undercover dining area dogs and dedicated bins for dog waste, we can’t help but see why the Eden Project is paving the way for doggy days out.
Best for: Cultured dogs
For a day full of lots of climbing and sniffing, choose Minack Theatre in Porthcurno. The world-famous open-air theatre is carved into a granite cliff, overlooking the stunning view of Porthcurno Bay.
Although the theatre showcases drama, musicals and opera from May to September, only guide dogs are permitted during performances. However, that doesn’t mean dogs have to miss out on the fun. All dogs are welcome during normal visiting hours to explore the granite cliff. If your dog does love a bit of culture, you’re in luck. Minack showcases Minack Mornings, a storytelling event where dogs are allowed to watch from the very top of the theatre.
Best for: Dog-friendly beaches
The word ‘picturesque’ could have been coined for Port Isaac. With narrow winding streets that are lined with whitewashed cottages, many of these properties are now listed due to their pretty aesthetic and historical importance.
Much more than a pretty sight, the surrounding area is a great place to take your dog out for a walk. Set amidst the rugged scenery of Cornwall’s North coast, you and your furry friend can stroll by as fisherman land their daily catch. If you’re looking for dog-friendly beaches in the area, not far away is Polzeath Beach which welcomes dogs from October to Easter.
Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Best for: Wooded walks
Not even dogs can resist the urge to visit the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. Cornwall’s only seal sanctuary and rescue centre, this haven is home to seals and sea lions, as well as otters, penguins and potty paddock animals.
Located in Gweek, this sanctuary is a gem for dog-friendly days out. Although dogs aren’t permitted in The Seal Hospital or cafe, your four-legged friend can enjoy 42 acres of emerald green woodland. There’s also sheltered outdoor seating in case any of you get peckish. The sanctuary also provides water bowls, dog bins and biodegradable waste bags to ensure you and your pooch are as comfortable as ever. Don’t forget the treats at reception too! Although
Healeys Cyder Farm
Best for: Family days out
Located in Truro is Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm. Known for creating delicious food and drink from its apples, this farm is brimming with activities for the perfect family day out. Home to lots of different farm animals, the kids are more than welcome to pay them a visit.
But your dog doesn’t have to miss out on the fun. Here at the farm, dogs on leads are able to roam all of the outside areas, including the lush 20-acre orchard where Cornish apples grow. There’s also Perranporth Beach, a dog-friendly beach nearby and the chance to even buy dog-friendly ice-cream!
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Best for: Wanderlust pooches
Get lost with your pup at the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Masked under years of overgrowth, it wasn’t until 1992 when 200 acres of paradise in St Austell. was rediscovered. World-renowned, this tropical garden is one of the most sought out botanical gardens in the UK and is typical of the 19th-century style that encouraged gardens to be seen as a physical art gallery.
The garden is the perfect doggy walk for you and your four-legged friend. With tonnes of paths and routes to discover, you’ll get carried away for hours. Please note, as the garden has rare livestock and poultry around the site, your pooch should be kept on a lead.
Newlyn Art Gallery
Best for: Dogs with an eye for art
If you and your pooch are fond of paintings and murals, Newlyn Art Gallery does the trick. Dog-friendly, it’s truly one of a kind and a perfect way to treat your pooch to something new.
Located in Newlyn, this award-winning gallery showcases only the very best national and international art. Brimming with contemporary art, weekly programmes and even free entry, Newlyn Art Museum is a must visit.
Best for: A day of adventure
Located on a great natural mound, Launceston Castle is king of its surrounding area. Dominating views from miles away, it’s the perfect dog-friendly attraction.
Built after the Norman Conquest, this 13th century round tower by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, has still kept its circular shape. On a lead, your dog can freely sniff 1,000 years of history and even climb the top of the castle to take in Launceston’s impressive views. There’s also a gift shop nearby if you’d like to take a souvenir home.