Dog Friendly Days Out in Cornwall
Cornwall is a fantastic destination for a dog friendly holiday. As well as miles of coastal walks, countryside rambles and beaches, we also have many tourist attractions who are happy to welcome your dog.
Take our lead and don’t leave the dog at home. Dogs are welcome at the following attractions. They generally allow dogs to visit all or part of their site. Please read the individual pages or telephone or visit their websites for details of where dogs are allowed during your visit. Please contact the individual attractions with regard to their 'Assistance Dogs' policy.
Please check the winter opening days/times information or visit the attraction website for full details.
1. Well it had to be the walks, didn’t it!
There’s nowhere quite like Cornwall for breath-taking scenery. In winter, the dramatic cliffs steal the show with awesome waves pounding the rocks revealing the raw power of nature. With few visitors during these months, you are free to explore the paths and trails of the county, immersing yourself in the rugged beauty, from bracing, windswept bays and magnificent moors to the gentler, picturesque countryside walks. Another thing Cornwall excels at is great pubs and eateries – the perfect place to warm up after your adventures!
An interesting entry in the top 5 you might think! Whilst admittedly not for everyone, the winter months are an extremely popular time for this Cornish favourite. The advances in wetsuit technology mean that catching a few waves in winter can be a thrilling rather than chilling experience. With few other surfers about and some impressive waves, you can enjoy an exhilarating and invigorating ride in the most spectacular surroundings.
3. The Lost Gardens of Heligan (and Cornwall’s many other glorious gardens).
I hold my hands up completely to my Heligan-bias! It has always been my favourite garden in Cornwall and never fails to delight, even in the winter months. The acres of winding paths, beautifully kept gardens and magnificent array of plant species make it the gem in Cornwall’s garden crown (did I mention it’s my favourite!). With an ever-popular café too, it’s the perfect day out. Cornwall’s many other gardens are also worth a visit at this time of year (trying to be a bit more impartial!). Trebah, Lanhydrock, Caerhays and Trelissick are some of over 40 gardens in Cornwall, all with their own appeal.
4. Rick Stein’s charity lunches – this is a real gem!
For a few weeks at the end of January and beginning of February, the Seafood Restaurant in Padstow offers charity lunches for an incredible price. The cover charge is donated to the amazing work done by the Children’s Hospice South West. With a hattrick of reasons to give it a go; amazing food, amazing price and it’s for a great cause - it’s not to be missed!
5. Cornish culture.
Cornwall has always been known for its history, heritage and arts scene. Myth and history intermingle at Tintagel Castle with its eventful past and tales of the legendary King Arthur. There are several forts and castles to explore in Cornwall and the brooding weather at this time of year can make a visit to one of these sites even more magical. Cornwall is also an incredible source of inspiration for artists, with an abundance of studios, galleries and craft shops, found up and down the county. St Ives is a real hot spot with the Tate St Ives gallery and innumerable local artists showcasing their work around the town.
It’s winter; Cornwall shuts up shop, right? Pah. Winter is when Cornwall sheds its summer hustle and bustle and becomes gloriously free to roam with heaps of fun for the family, tiny queues and reduced admission prices – what’s not to love?
The doors are wide open and the warmest of welcomes awaits at these year-round attractions. And when we say year-round we mean year-round because they’re all open 7 days a week…
National Maritime Museum, Falmouth
Hands-on activities galore, including a chance to take a journey into the Viking world. Perfect for rainy days!
Eden Project, nr St Austell
Dreaming of warmer climes? Make a beeline for the humid Tropical biome.
Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay
The chilly winter sea may not be everyone’s cup of tea so head indoors to the ‘comfort’ of the shark tunnel for a slice of marine wildlife action.
Minack Theatre, Porthcurno
The performers may have packed up for the season but the beauty of the Minack Theatre and Porthcurno Bay below isn’t going anywhere.