Over 50 of Cornwall’s beaches are dog-friendly all year round and plenty of attractions have recognised that families want to take their dogs with them and have come up with plans to accommodate dogs. Here are some of my favourite attractions, or those of friends who have visited recently.
Dog-Friendly Beaches in Cornwall
There are at least 50 beaches where dogs are welcome all year, you can check them all out here, via Visit Cornwall’s handy guide. There are so many dog-friendly beaches to choose from…
Prussia Cove has an olde-world poetic feel whereas Fistral Beach is the epicentre of Europe’s surfing scene. Porthluney Cove is a secluded family beach with a large expanse of golden sand. Watergate Bay has 2 miles of golden sand and fantastic family-friendly amenities.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Heligan, seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, is one of the most mysterious and romantic estates in England. A genuine secret garden, it was lost for decades; its history consigned to overgrowth.
A motto was found etched into the limestone walls “Don’t come here to sleep or slumber”, with the names of those who worked there signed under the date – August 1914. Heligan now tells the tales of the ordinary people who made these gardens great, before departing for the Great War.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan has taken the ground-breaking step of revoking its seasonal ban on dogs during key tourist months and now ‘welcomes Dogs and well-behaved owners all year round’. Their MD comments: ‘For many, a dog is a very important family member and people, particularly if they are visiting the South West on holiday, are loathe to leave them behind. I hope by making this change it will enable more people to enjoy the Lost Gardens.’
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The Minack Theatre is Cornwall’s world famous open-air theatre, carved into the granite cliff and set in glorious gardens overlooking the spectacular panorama of Porthcurno Bay.
Dogs are welcome during visiting hours, but only guide dogs will be admitted to performances, including Minack Mornings storytelling events.
St Michael’s Mount
This iconic sight is definitely on my list, but is it dog-friendly? Dogs are welcome onto the island around the harbour and village areas, as long as they are kept on a lead and not left alone. However, they are not allowed into the castle, garden or grounds. Carrie from Flying with a Baby took her dog and family, and all loved it.
Mount’s Bay Cornwall, is a beautiful bay with magnificent views out to sea and of St Michael’s Mount, and this looks like a good walk to try with your dog.
Given this is such a major draw in Cornwall, it’s great to hear there is a plan for doggy friends. You can bring your dog to Eden to explore the miles of paths in the outdoor gardens. There are water bowls and an undercover dining area for dogs.
Dogs won’t be allowed in the Biomes or other undercover areas, apart from the Visitor Centre. Most visitors want to explore the indoor Biomes, so you may have to take it in turns to look after your dog.
Take in the spectacular panoramic views across the rugged Cornish coast and the blue Atlantic, with waterfalls, giant caves, crashing waves with vast amounts of space to explore, kids, dogs and grown-ups will love Tintagel Castle. In the 12th century, Tintagel gained literary fame when Geoffrey of Monmouth named it as the place where King Arthur was conceived.
Relax on the sheltered beach while the kids explore Merlin’s cave, fill up on Cornish treats in the beach cafe.
Dogs on leads welcome, dog bins are provided as well as a water bowl outside the shop. Keep your dog under control at all times as there are steep drops.
Just a mile along the road from Tintagel towards Boscastle there lies Bossiney Cove, a beautiful hidden gem of a beach that is dog-friendly all year round.
We fell in love with Bude and marvelled at the scenery at Antonia and Harvey’s amazing wedding in beautiful Coverack, but there is so much more to gorgeous Cornwall to explore. My friend Kerry who took her family and dog to St Ives recommends ‘Climb Trencrom in St Ives and take the coastal paths walk.’
Dog and family friendly accommodation in Cornwall
Cornish Horizons have a range of dog-friendly holiday cottages in Cornwall. Cider Cottage in Bude sleeps 4 and a dog and is only 30 mins drive from Tintagel. We loved Bude, it was very family friendly and three of the six beaches in the area allow dogs all year round.
More Dog-Friendly UK Holidays
Check out dog and family friendly Norfolk and things to do with kids and a dog in the Lake District for inspiration too.