Dog friendly days out in Cornwall

There are more and more dog friendly attractions in Cornwall, including some surprising ones such as animal rescue centres and art galleries. Here are a few of our favourites. Feel free to let us know of any others you think we should add to the list.

6343660574_163ee8e841_oCornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek, near Helston

The team at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary rescue injured seals and rehabilitate them so they can be released back into the wild. Some seals stay on, and they live at the sanctuary along with sea lions, penguins, otters and the inhabitants of the wonderful rock pool displays. Dogs are welcome on leads.  www.visitsealife.com/gweek

The Eden Project, near St Austell

Dogs are allowed in the main visitor centre and outdoor gardens at the Eden Project, as long as there is no more than one dog per person and they are on a lead. The Eden Project even have a special undercover dining area for our canine companions near the Eden Bakery and shaded parking in some areas. Not that we are suggesting leaving a dog in a hot car! Here is a video of two dogs enjoying the attraction https://youtu.be/F3zyRLxYTfQ

www.edenproject.com/visit/before-you-visit/dogs

250px-Lappa_valley_steam_railway_1Lappa Valley, near Newquay

The mini railway is the main attraction here, and you reach the main part of the grounds via a lovely steam train ride. There is also a boating lake, play areas and children’s rides, crazy golf and a cafe. Your dog can come along for the price of a £1 ticket

www.lappavalley.co.uk

Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange, Penzance

Both of these prestigious art galleries now allow well behaved dogs. Newlyn has been an historic centre of support for British painters and the exhibitions in the galleries are excellent

newlynartgallery.co.uk

Pendennis-castle-keepPendennis Castle, Falmouth

One of Henry VIII’s finest forts was built to protect the strategically important opening of the Fal estuary in Tudor times. Today dogs are allowed on leads, and visitors can enjoy the magnificent keep, grounds, tea room and shop as well as brilliant historic exhibitions.

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/pendennis-castle

Port Eliot near St Germans

This fine Grade I listed building is set on a beautiful estate which has a history dating back to the 5th century AD. Ther eis also the beautiful St German’s Priory Church adjacent, known as the finest historic church in Cornwall. Dogs are allowed in the grounds on a lead and also in the Long Gallery Tearoom

www.porteliot.co.uk

butter marketHelston Museum

Housed in Helston’s former Market House and Drill Hall, Helston Museum has some fascinating collections, and this is an ideal day out come rain or shine. Inside you can find exhibitions about archeology and geology on the Lizard Peninsula, a huge social history collection covering everything from toys to gardening equipment from the area in days gone by. There’s also a large costume collection, exhibited in the Martin Matthews Costume Gallery.

www.helstonmuseum.co.uk

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