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Dog Friendly Attractions in West Dorset

If you happen to be travelling with your furry friend at our holiday park in West Dorset and are in search of some fun activities that you can enjoy together, then you're in luck! There are plenty of dog-friendly attractions near Charmouth that you can explore. However, it is always a good idea to confirm with the attraction beforehand if they still allow dogs and if there are any specific restrictions that you should be aware of. This way you can avoid any disappointment or inconvenience and have a fantastic time with your pet. So, without further ado, here are some fantastic dog-friendly attractions that you can visit in West Dorset.

The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth is not only a great place to visit, but it's also a fantastic destination to explore with your furry friend. This sanctuary is located in an idyllic countryside setting that is sure to please both you and your dog. As you walk through the sanctuary, you'll come across a range of donkeys, and your dog will undoubtedly enjoy their company too. However, please note that dogs must be kept on a lead while in the sanctuary.

There are also several other things to see at the sanctuary. You can take a stroll through the serene countryside, enjoy a picnic with your family, or learn about the work they do to help donkeys. With the admission and parking being free, it's an affordable day out with your beloved pet that you won't want to miss.

Seaton Tramway 

Seaton Tramway is a fantastic place day out with loved ones. Not only do dogs receive a warm welcome, but they can also travel for a flat fare of £1.00 each. The tram travels through two beautiful nature reserves alongside the River Axe, offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside. With its lower deck designated for canine passengers, your pup can enjoy the ride in comfort and safety while taking in the sights and sounds of the journey. The tram also has plenty of space for your dog to stretch out and relax during the ride. In addition to the scenic route, the Seaton Tramway offers a range of exciting activities and events throughout the year, including special events for dogs. 

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens  

 The Botanical Gardens at Budleigh Salterton boasts a vast collection of rare plants and trees, which will undoubtedly be a treat for you and your dog to explore. With nearly 300 years of horticultural history, the gardens offer an enriching experience for all visitors. The gardens are well-maintained and offer a peaceful ambience, making it a great spot to relax and unwind with your furry friend. However, it is essential to note that dogs must be kept on a lead at all times to ensure the safety of other visitors and the plants and they are charged a nominal fee of £1.

Swanage Railway

The Swanage Railway offers a unique six-mile journey through picturesque countryside that is a treat for both the eyes and ears. The best part is that visitors can bring their dogs along for the ride, making it an excellent day out for the whole family.

One of the unique features of the Swanage Railway is that it allows dogs to travel on the trains for a nominal fee of £1 for a single and £2 for a return journey to or from any destination. This makes it an affordable option for pet owners who want to explore the beauty of the countryside without leaving their canine friends behind.

Visitors can enjoy stunning views of the countryside while listening to the soothing sounds of the steam-powered locomotive. The route passes through some of the most breathtaking landscapes, including the ruins of the historic Corfe Castle.

Sherborne Castle Grounds and Gardens

Sherborne Castle is one of the most beautiful and historic houses in the UK, located on 42 acres of stunning gardens and grounds. It's a perfect place to visit with your furry friend and enjoy a day out together. You can take a leisurely stroll through the gardens and explore the many hidden corners and winding paths while your dog runs around and enjoys the fresh air.

While dogs are not allowed inside the castle, they are more than welcome to explore the gardens and grounds with you. The gardens are full of fascinating features such as a lake and waterfalls, a walled garden, a rose garden, and a herbaceous border. You can also take a break and relax in the tearoom with a hot cup of tea or coffee while your dog takes a nap by your side.

Durlston Country Park & Marine Project

Durlston Country Park and Marine Project is a wonderful spot for dog owners to explore with their furry friends. This 280-acre countryside paradise offers stunning views and great walking trails, making it a must-visit destination for anyone who loves to spend time in nature.

The park boasts a diverse range of landscapes, including sea cliffs, coastal limestone downlands, hedgerows, and woodland. With so much to explore, you and your dog can take your time wandering around and soaking up the beauty of the surroundings. Please ensure that your dog is on a lead, water bowls are also provided outside the Visitor Centre so your furry friend can stay hydrated during your visit.

Corfe Castle Model Village

 The model village situated in the heart of Corfe Castle village on the Isle of Purbeck is not just a beautiful and informative attraction, but it is also a perfect place to visit with your furry friend. You can explore the picturesque village and the model of the castle with your dog by your side. 

While you take a stroll through the model village, your dog can enjoy the fresh air with you. The village also has a fossil corner, where you can learn about the history of the area and discover fascinating fossils. You can also play giant family games with your dog, making for a fun and memorable experience. And when you're ready for a break, you can head to the tea room and enjoy some refreshments. Your dog can join you in the outdoor seating area, where you can both relax and enjoy the stunning surroundings.

Glastonbury Abbey

The beautiful parkland spanning 36 acres in the heart of the market town of Glastonbury offers a great opportunity for you and your dog to enjoy a peaceful visit together. The serene ambience of the abbey is perfect for relaxation and bonding with your pet. What makes this place even more interesting is the rich history and legends surrounding it. Many believe that King Arthur and Queen Guinevere's remains are buried on the grounds, and the abbey itself has a fascinating past that dates back to the 7th century. You and your dog can enjoy exploring the ruins of the abbey while learning about its exciting history.

The abbey is a great place to take your dog for a walk as it is home to a variety of wildlife such as badgers, squirrels, ducks, and geese. While here, you can take your furry friend on a lead and enjoy watching them as they interact with the local wildlife.

Forde Abbey & Gardens

 With 30 acres of award-winning gardens, there is plenty of space to explore and spend a fun day out with your dog at Forde Abbey Gardens. The gardens are well-maintained and beautifully landscaped, making it a picturesque spot to take in the scenery.

One of the highlights of the gardens is the Mermaid Pond, which is home to the impressive Centenary Fountain. This fountain stands at an impressive height of 160ft, making it the highest-powered fountain in England. Watching the fountain in action is a mesmerizing experience that you and your dog are sure to enjoy.

The gardens are also dog-friendly, welcoming well-behaved dogs on a lead to explore the grounds and even join you for a bite to eat in the tearoom. You can relax and enjoy a cup of tea or a light snack in the company of your furry friend.

While dogs are not allowed inside the main house, there is still plenty to see and do in the gardens. You can take in the various sculptures and water features, admire the colorful flower beds, and enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the gardens. 

Cheddar Gorge and Caves

 The 3-mile-long gorge mentioned above is a stunning natural wonder that is definitely worth exploring. What makes this place even more special is that dogs are welcome to come along and enjoy the adventure with their owners. Not only can you and your furry friend take in the breathtaking views of the cliffs rising to over 450ft, but you can also explore the two of the finest stalactite caverns that are hidden deep within the gorge.

One of the caverns, Cox's Cave, is particularly striking. Despite its small size and narrow passages, it boasts a range of amazing colours and picturesque reflective pools that create a truly magical atmosphere. Your dog will surely enjoy the unique sights and smells of the cave as much as you do.

In addition to the caves, the gorge and the museum are also open to dogs. You and your furry friend can spend the day hiking through the gorge, taking in the stunning views, and learning about the history and geology of the area at the museum. With so much to see and do, this is definitely a great place to visit with your dog.

Dog-Friendly Holiday Park in Charmouth

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Are you searching for an ideal destination for a dog-friendly staycation in the UK? Look no further than our charming caravan park, nestled in the heart of West Dorset. Our park offers an extensive range of modern lodgescosy caravans and more, making us perfect for both short and longer breaks.  We also have a serene campsite, which boasts breathtaking countryside views and well-maintained camping and touring amenities.

But that's not all. Our holiday park features a range of popular facilities that you can enjoy during your stay with us. You can enjoy our leisure centre, whether it's our indoor or outdoor pool, let your young ones enjoy the play areas, and come together and dine at our restaurant and bar.

So why wait? Book your stay today at Newlands and experience the perfect balance of comfort and adventure in the heart of Dorset.


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