Dog friendly days out in Cornwall, summer 2020

Summer is here and if you are looking to enjoy a dog friendly day out in Cornwall, more and more dog friendly attractions are opening up after lockdown. Here are a few ideas for days out with your dog…


Do bear in mind that due to social distancing it’s necessary now to book your visit in advance and to check the website or call the attraction to check availability.


Cornish seal sanctuary

Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Overlooking the beautiful upper reaches of the Helford River in Gweek you will find the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. The sanctuary has been operating for over 60 years and its main focus is rescuing seals off the Cornish coast and rehabilitating them so they can, when appropriate, be released back into the sea. Visitors can explore over 42 acres of grounds, which includes the rehabilitation pools, underwater viewing areas and dogs on leads are very welcome throughout most of the site. Today you can see sea lions, penguins and otters as well as the seals. The seal sanctuary request that your dogs vaccinations are up to date and dogs (other than assistance dogs) aren’t permitted in the Seal Hospital  where there are often vulnerable young pups or in the cafe — but there is sheltered outdoor seating.

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Wheal Martyn


Wheal Martyn, near St Austell

Once upon a time, there was a huge mining industry in Cornwall — but it wasn’t only tin and copper. In the St Austell area conical mountains and vivid azure lakes appeared as a result of the China Clay mining industry. China Clay is used in everything from toothpaste to the gloss on magazines and was exported all over the world. Find out more at this brilliant museum and country park. Dogs are welcome throughout the site. 

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Pendennis Castle


Pendennis 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, around the grounds, although they are not allowed into the keep. The grounds in themselves are beautiful and you can enjoy views over the magnificent harbour and out to sea as well as exploring the outer areas of the castle. You do need to book your visit in advance via the website.



The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

While you cannot take your dog to a performance at the Minack Theatre, you can take your dog, on a lead (and the cliffs are steep!) around the theatre itself for a daytime visit. It’s a truly beautiful place with a fascinating history and well worthy of a visit. Currently, if you book in advance, you can visit the theatre auditorium, backstage walkway and the theatre gardens.

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Healeys Cyder Farm

Healeys Cyder Farm, nr Newquay

This family run farm is set in really beautiful Cornish countryside. During a visit you can learn more about how they make their award-winning cyders, wines, spirits, juices, preserves, and sauces and sample some of course!

There are guided tours and tractor rides around the orchards,  you can also explore the cyder museums and a distillery where Cornish brandy is made. There are also farm animals to visit.  It’s a lovely family day out.

Friendly dogs on a lead are very welcome. They can go everywhere that humans can go, and can join you on a tractor ride or for guided tours, but there are some small restrictions in the production areas. If in doubt, ask one of the team on site before you book onto a tour.


Lappa Valley

Lappa Valley nr Newquay

Another lovely family day out where dogs are welcome is Lappa Valley. Arrive at the entrance to be transported by steam train to the valley where you can find a boating lake with pedalos, crazy golf, play areas and trails and a mini woodland railway, along with a cafe. Pre-booking is required.