Many of us want to take our pets with us. However, most venues don’t want you to bring a pet along. Here are the best choices available to pet owners who want to enjoy a day out with their pet, regardless of what you personally would like to do.
A casual search for “dog friendly attractions near me” tends to focus on dog parks or retailers that allow you to bring in your pet. Yet there are many historical sites that will allow you to bring your dog along as long as the pet is on a short leash.
For example, Buster Ancient Farm allows you to visit Stone Age houses, a Roman villa, a Saxon hall and Iron Age roundhouses. Or you could enjoy the farm’s sheep, goats and pigs, though you have to prevent your dog from harassing those animals.
Chawton House has water bowls for dogs outside their tea room, and dogs on short leashes are welcome throughout the gardens. Only assistance dogs are allowed in Chawton House itself. Hurst Castle allows dogs throughout the castle, though they must be on a short lead. Gilbert White’s House and Gardens contain a rich historical collection, and your dogs are allowed to accompany you throughout the exhibits. The rich gardens allow dogs on a short leash.
The Brickworks Museum is quite dog friendly. Dogs are allowed almost everywhere in the museum except the cafe. And there is an area near the cafe where you can eat with your pet. Dogs are welcome in the New Forest Center free-entry museum. They’re even allowed in the cafe at the Center, as well.
Many wilderness areas allow pets as long as they’re under control. The Needles Landmark Attraction allows dogs if well behaved and on the leash. However, your pet isn’t allowed inside buildings unless it is a guide dog. If you want to go out on the water, know that New Forest Activities allows dogs to take part on canoeing sessions along the Beaulieu River Nature Reserve.
Dogs are welcome at the Exbury Gardens. The restaurant even offers dog ice cream. Dogs are allowed to walk with human guests through the garden, and there are water bowls for them throughout the gardens. In other gardens and public spaces, learn whether or not your dog can accompany you before you show up with them.
Take the Ferry
The Isle of Wright is a great place to go visiting with your pets, because you can take them along the beaches and through the unspoiled woodlands. The best way to get there is via the Wightlink ferry. They are notable for welcoming dogs and having dog friendly areas. They don’t even charge you for your furry friend. Red Funnel Ferries doesn’t charge dog owners, either. They have designated pet lounges on several of their ferries.
Take a Historic Train
The Watercress Line runs heritage diesel trains and steam trains. They offer water bowls at every station and free travel for pets. And you can take a country walk at their Alton, Medstead and Alresford stations.
You don’t have to choose between your pet and your desire to explore the world. There are a number of venues that allow you to bring your pet with you