Are you hoping to head down to the stunningly beautiful Polesden Lacey house and gardens? Wondering whether you can take your dog along with you? Will you be allowed in all areas of the estate, or be limited to the point where it’s not even worth going? Well, you’ll be glad you stopped by. Here is exactly what you are going to want to know before you go.
So, are dogs allowed at Polesden Lacey? Dogs are allowed in the grounds of Polesden Lacey, though they are not allowed in the formal gardens, shop, cafe, or in the house itself. Equally, there are restrictions and rules in certain zones, such as you are required to have your dog on a short leash in certain areas.
So pack your dog poop bags and get your leash.
This is in fact a great option and day out.
As we shall see from my experiences from a recent visit in the section below.
Is Polesden Lacey Dog-Friendly?
Polesden Lacey is dog-friendly – with plenty of areas you can walk with your dog. Plus they provide provisions such as dog water stations in certain parts of the grounds.
I actually recently visited Polesden Lacey – and this is, for the most part, a very dog-friendly place.
We were surprised at how much of it we could walk, and explore, with our dog Bailey.
In fact, I lost count of the number of other dogs we saw.
And in general, dogs are clearly welcome as we can see below.
Dog Water Stations
There are many dog water stations situated in dog friendly areas.
Here is one such example outside of the coffee shop near the entrance:
Much of the outer grounds is accessible, and there are clear signs outlining any rules you need to ffollowing certain areas such as the one you can see on a gate below.
Consider, that dogs generally need to he kept on a least towards the house and centre of the estate.
Areas Dogs Cannot Go At Polesden Lacey
Dogs are not allowed in the house itself, the cafe/restauraunt not are they allowed in the shop.
The only exception in these places are for assistance dogs, as we can see clearly defined on the shop door:
If you want to know exactly where you can, and cannot go, then check out this map provided by the National Trust.
In fact, if you are unfamiliar with the layout of Polesden Lacey, or are visiting for the first time, it may even be a good idea to print it off and take it along with you.
Considerations When Taking Your Dog To Polesden Lacey
Here are some suggestions to ensure your visit to Polesden Lacey goes to plan and you remember your visit for all the right reasons!
- Take your lead – preferably a short one.
- Be mindful of wildlife and farm cattle – there are a lot of animals at Polesden Lacey, and cows and sheep graze many fields. They also move frequently and are in different areas depending on when you go. So be mindful and keep an eye out!
- Take Poop Bags – goes without saying really but it’s essential as many kids are running around and playing. Thankfully there are designated dog poop bibs scattered around the grounds.
- Be mindful of signs – they can give you key information about where you can and cannot go.
- Keep a close eye on your dog at all times – there are a lot of people at Polesden – not everyone is a fan of dogs and some may even be allergic.
- Keep your dog well hydrated – by using the water bowls and fountains provided. There is a lot of exposed land at Polesdan and dogs can overheat quickly, especially on hot warm summer days.
- Don’t leave your dog in the car park – it’s a busy place that is also exposed to the sub.
And if you live close by, are new to the area, or want to head back with your dog routinely, know that there is a dog walking club.
Its free, and you can meet with other dog owners and discover new walks at the grounds. If interested, these occur on the second Tuesday of every month, starting at 9:30am outside the coffee shop near the entrance.
I am a practiced pet owner with decades of experience owning a number of different pets. I am also the main writer and chief editor here at Pet Educate; a site I created to share everything I’ve learned about pet ownership over the years and my extensive research along the way.