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Pawfect Places to Visit - A dog friendly guide to Cornwall

Pawfect Places to Visit - A dog friendly guide to Cornwall

With incredible scenery, beautiful beaches and coastal paths close to heaven, Cornwall has much to offer the adventure seekers amongst us. But what makes Cornwall so special, is the amazing attractions throughout the county that are not just great for us but fantastic for your furry friends too.

For all you dog lovers out there, there is nothing better than planning a perfect weekend with your four-legged friend but as temperatures plummet sometimes it can be difficult finding an idyllic location to enjoy the best that Cornwall has to offer with our four-legged friends by our side.

Here’s where we come in. At Natural Cornish Pet Shop, we love anything that involves spending quality time with our pets. Whether it’s a walk on the beach or an adventure through the woods, we want to make the most of our free time with our furry friends and we want to make this easier for you too. So with the Cornish beauty right on our doorstep and the amazing attractions Cornwall has to offer, we have created a list, just for you, of the best dog-friendly attractions around Cornwall that you and your dog can enjoy time and time again.

Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek

Did you know you can enjoy gazing at other glorious animals whilst being in the company of your own magnificent creature? The Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek is completely dog-friendly and open to the public seven days a week. Home to a range of marine wildlife, from otters to penguins, seals to sea lions, this conservation centre puts its inhabitants right at the heart.

With over 40 acres of land to enjoy, including woodlands, there is lots to excite your dog at the Sanctuary. With multiple dog bowls located around the site and free degradable doggy bags, the sanctuary is definitely a place to visit with your four-legged friends. They can even pick up some homemade dog treats in the on-site shop too! But, what’s best about CSS is that you can even take your dog on the Land Train around the site.

Best price for tickets online at £10.45 and with your furry friend’s entry free of charge, visiting the sanctuary promises to be a day out to remember.

Visit the Cornish Seal Sanctuary website for more information.

Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell

For all you botanical lovers out there, this is a trip for you. With over 200 acres of glorious gardens to explore, the Lost Gardens of Heligan are a vast wonderland of flora and fauna to excite the imagination.

With dogs welcome all-year round, immerse yourselves on a sub-tropical adventure through bamboo tunnels, run under majestic tree ferns and explore giant rhubarb and bananas whilst keeping an eye and sniffer out for rare breeds of wildlife and ancient woodlands.

Throughout winter you can even visit the 'Heligan by Night' display, where a local artist lights the gardens up with multicoloured lights and projections, and visitors (and their dogs) can view the gardens under the moonlight. 

Open for all seasons, whether you plan to visit in the buzz of mid-summer or the tranquillity of mid-winter, you and your dog are guaranteed a unique experience.

Please be aware that dogs are not permitted to enter the Heligan Tearoom or Stewardry and entrance fees are £14.50 for adults and £6.50 for children.

For more information visit the Lost Gardens Of Heligans website.

Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, Truro

At the heart of Cornwall’s Cyder manufacturing, Healey’s farm is an attraction that is much more than meets the eye. With an on-site farm and multitudes of family fun events, Healey’s should definitely be on your bucket list of the top places to visit in Cornwall.

There’s so much to do at Healeys Cyder Farm, it’s impossible to get bored. Whether it’s visiting the farm animals and scouting out their free-roaming peacocks with the children, you’ll will find something at Healey’s that will keep you smiling all day long.

With dogs permitted throughout the entire ground except production areas, this is not just an attraction for apple adorers but a place to be enjoyed by the whole family. So whether it’s sampling jam or observing the “Healeys” way of cyder production, this top rated attraction has everything you need for a fantastic day out.

With free entry across the grounds, if you want guided tour, tickets range from £10 and above. To find out more visit Healey's Cyder Farm website.

Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Bodmin

Embark on a magical journey across the Cornish countryside in locomotive luxury with the Bodmin and Wenford Railway.  Begin your adventure at Bodmin Railway Station, located a 10 minute walk from Bodmin town centre, where you are welcomed to see the restoration and repair work being carried out on their collection of locomotives.

Once aboard, sit back, relax and enjoy the 13 mile tracks of glorious scenery and spectacular sights. With the steam engine hooting and your furry friend right by your side, if locomotive exploration is your thing then this day out is right up your tracks. For just £1, your pooch can purchase a ticket to permit them throughout the whole route and what’s better, you can hop and hop off to explore the wonderful walks that come across during your journey.

With the majority of our visitors purchasing a ‘Freedom of the Line’ ticket which enables them to pay once and travel all day – you can see the whole line and travel where you like, and as much as you like!

So if exploring the beauty of Cornwall, the old fashioned way, is your thing. Then book a trip to Bodmin & Wenford railway today. Steam onto the Bodmin and Wenford Railway website for further information.

So whether it’s a relaxing stroll through sub-tropical gardens or seal spying in Gweek, we guarantee that you and your four-legged friend will have a fantastic day out.

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