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Dorset for Dogs

Dorset for Dogs

Dog Friendly in Dorset

From the rolling hills of the countryside to the stunning Jurassic Coast, Dorset offers a picture perfect holiday where the whole family can enjoy themselves. We offer pet friendly accommodation across all of our award-winning holiday parks in Dorset, which means your four legged friend can join in on all the fun as well!

We have hand-picked the top dog-friendly attractions, gardens, beaches and walks across Dorset to visit with your canine companions, so it can be a fun-filled holiday for everyone.

Portland Museum

Portland Museum is situated in the beautiful surroundings of Church 'Ope Cove in the ancient hamlet of Wakeham. Just a five minute walk from the stunning views of the Jurassic Coast Cove and the ancient remains of Old St. Andrew's Church and Arrow Castle, this is the ideal spot for learning about the fascinating history of Portland whilst enjoying outstanding views and walking your dog. Housed in two historic 17th century thatched cottages and a modern gallery, the Museum holds a wonderful array of artefacts relating to the fascinating history and heritage of the Isle of Portland. The Museum has exhibitions on shipwrecks, archaeology, Jurassic fossils, the Portland Stone industry, Thomas Hardy, Marie Stopes, and so much more.

Upton Country Park

With over 130 acres of parkland, shoreline and woodland, Upton Country Park offers you the perfect opportunity to walk your dog in beautiful surroundings whilst only just a stone’s throw away from Poole town centre. Dogs are welcome throughout the park both on and off the lead, clearly indicated with Dorset Dogs Paw Print code markers. Surrounding the Grade II* listed manor house, the estate also includes a dog training area, tea rooms, a walled garden, and a children’s woodland play trail. Upton Country Park is open all year round, seven days a week.

Forde Abbey

Forde Abbey is located in an area which is famous for its outstanding beauty. It is a family home as well as a living and breathing working estate, and welcomes visitors all year round. Forde Abbey welcomes dogs on a short lead all around the 30 acres of gardens, and in the tearoom, shop, and nursery. There is a water bowl outside the tearoom. Unfortunately, dogs cannot be taken into the house (except guide dogs). There is plenty of shade available in the car park, dogs should not be left unattended in cars, especially in the summer.

Ringwood Dogs

Dog training and walking club Ringwood Dogs have walked dogs in many beautiful places in and around the Dorset area, but Moors Valley Country Park is one of their favourite destinations. The Country Park has many different trailways to discover and one of their regular walks is along The Castleman Trailway.

This trail is within the Park and is a 16.5 mile (26.5 kilometres) trailway that follows much of the old Southampton to Dorchester railway line. The footpath takes you through some of East Dorset’s stunning landscape and is a perfect, gentle and safe location for walking your dog. There are several different routes you can take along the trailway so there are many opportunities to discover new routes. Dogs are welcome at Moors Valley but as with all public places they must be kept under control at all times. There is also a dog friendly Café, and outside picnic tables are provided for restaurant customers with dogs on the patio behind the Visitor Centre. There is even a drinking tap and water bowls provided for your thirsty furry friends! Happy Walking!

To find out more about the services Ringwood Dogs has to offer, including training, walking, and boarding, visit

The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak is a family run dog friendly freehouse in the heart of Dorset. Situated on the A354 between the county town of Dorchester and the North Dorset market town of Blandford, The Royal Oak can be found in the traditional Dorset village of Milborne St Andrew. The pub’s location makes it popular with walkers, locals & tourists alike, so it’s an ideal place to treat yourself to some pub grub after a long walk with your dog!

Corfe Castle Model Village

Corfe Castle Model Village gives a fascinating insight into what the Castle and village looked like back in 1646, but on a miniature scale. Set in the beautiful Purbeck countryside, the Model Village is a great place to visit with your dog. You can also explore the enchanted fairy garden, where children can take part in an “enchanted fairy walk”, before refreshing at the tea rooms, which serves great quality produce at reasonable prices.

Minterne Gardens

With over 27 acres of wild woodland garden, Minterne Gardens is the ideal place to exercise your dog as well as yourself! Minterne Gardens is known for its historic Rhododendron collection, streams and cascades – so there is plenty for dog walkers and garden visitors to see and enjoy. There are new vistas on each turn of the paths to explore, and when the garden is at its peak in April and May it is the ideal time of year to visit. Dogs are welcome at Minterne Gardens providing they are on leads.

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

The gardens were first established in 1765 by the First Countess of Ilchester as a kitchen garden for her nearby castle. Since then, it has developed into a 30 acre tropical paradise with many exotic features, perfect for exploring with your canine friends! Described by Alan Titchmarsh as “one of the finest gardens I have ever visited”, free doggie biscuits are available in the restaurant for furry visitors. The gardens is also staging its first dog show on Wednesday 10th August.

The Dinosaur Museum

Long before the earliest dogs walked on Earth (some 40 million years ago), the planet was ruled by dinosaurs. The only museum on mainland Britain dedicated to dinosaurs is the original Dinosaur Museum. It is a treat, especially for children. The museum combines life-sized reconstructions of dinosaurs with fossils and skeletons to create an exciting hands-on experience.

Hands on and interactives tell the story of these prehistoric animals and their enthralling world millions of years ago. Life-size dinosaur reconstructions - including Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops - beg to be touched by little hands - that's encouraged. This all-weather attraction is great fun for kids and families. Well-behaved dogs are welcome at the Dinosaur Museum.


This little-known sand and shingle beach located near Bridport is now owned by the National Trust, and is often described as a “secret beach” because it feels so remote. However, it is actually really easy to get to, and your dog is welcome to join in on the secret as well!

Steamer Point

Steamer Point is a 24 acre cliff top designated local nature reserve situated next to Friars Cliff. There is a sandy beach located beneath the cliff top nature reserve, and dogs are welcome all year round. The beach is also a designated area for water sports.

Harbour Lake

Harbour Lake is a sheltered, sandy beach which is only a stone’s throw from Poole town centre. The beach is surrounded by a nature reserve and seals are often seen swimming in the harbour. Popular for fishing, swimming and sailing, this beach is dog friendly all year round.

Hamworthy Park Harboury

This dog friendly beach offers amazing views over the harbour including Brownsea Island, Green Island and Round Island as well as the Arne Peninsula and the Purbeck Hills. It is even possible to see Corfe Castle on a clear day!

Durdle Door

The magnificent limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast that is Durdle Door is a must see if you are in Dorset. The good news is your pooches are allowed on the beach as well so long as they are on a lead, so get your walk planned, and don’t forget your camera!

Bowleaze Cove

Bowleaze Cove is a small beach which is made up of mainly shingle and shell, with some sandy areas. Located close to the village of Preston, North East of Weymouth, there are plenty of rock pools to explore and no dog restrictions at all.


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