So what about dog-friendly attractions? Here are our top five in ascending order:
This is one of our closest attractions and one that is hard to miss as you drive through Launceston. A thousand years of history are there to explore, and dogs are welcome on leads. There are a few restrictions on certain areas, but for a quick visit and some great views you can’t go wrong.
4 - Bodmin and Wenford Railway
If you’re a train fan, you will love to visit Cornwall’s only standard-gauge steam railway. The 6.5 mile line alongside the Camel river is a treat, and dogs travel free on all trains (other than dining carriages). Open on certain days only for much of the year, or daily between June and September.
3 - Hidden Valley Discovery Park - near Launceston
A favourite among our younger guests, this adventure park near Launceston is packed with activities – brainteasers, challenges, and great family entertainment. Dogs on short leads are welcome to all outside areas of the park.
2 - Morwellham Quay - near Tavistock
Yes, we know this isn’t in North Cornwall, but Morwellham Quay is a relatively short car-drive away and is a must-see. This award-winning attraction featuring historic port, village, copper mine and railway just four miles west of Tavistock and bordering the beautiful River Tamar that runs through our valley. Dogs are welcome in nearly all areas for a modest fee of £1.
So, who gets our top spot?
We’re very lucky in that one of our best local attractions is also proudly dog-friendly. Tintagel Castle, perched high on the rugged coastline, offers stunning views and impressive ruins – rumoured to be the birthplace of King Arthur. An iconic attraction in the South-West, this castle is well worth a visit, and dogs are welcome on leads.
The Eden Project - near St. Austell
Not just one of Cornwall’s best attractions, but one of Europe’s top days out! This narrowly missed being in our Top 5 because dogs aren't allowed in the huge world famous biomes. However, there are extensive landscaped gardens with literally miles of pathways and dog-friendly walks. There is also an undercover eating area where dogs are allowed.
Pencarrow - near Bodmin
Pencarrow is a Georgian house with 50 acres of listed gardens. Unlike some of the possibly more spectacular National Trust properties such as Landhydrock, dogs on leads are welcome through the gardens – but of course, not in the house itself. Pencarrow’s display of bluebells in spring is always worth a visit.
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