As far as we’re concerned, one of the many benefits of caravanning is the ability to take dogs along with you. What’s a family holiday without one of the friendliest family members? The only problem with taking your best friend along is that not everyone agrees with this point of view, and you may find that dogs are not welcome at the beaches, restaurants and other places you intend to visit.
Because we understand just how frustrating this can be, we’ve done some research into dog-friendly venues in Cornwall, and the local rules and regulations you will need to comply with.
No more using kennels because you struggle to take Rover on holiday with you – just plan your holiday to include some of these excellent, dog-loving, Cornish locations.
Have you holidayed in Cornwall with your dog before? Please leave a comment and let us know if there’s anywhere else you feel we should add to the list. We, and your fellow readers, will appreciate it hugely.
Where to go in Cornwall with your dog
Tourist attractions happy to accommodate dogs
You may assume that your dog isn’t welcome in any of the big tourist attractions dotted around Cornwall, but we’re sure you’ll be pleased to realise that you’re mistaken. While you will find you can’t take your dog absolutely everywhere with you, there’s quite an impressive list of places happy for the four-legged family member to accompany the rest of you.
Some of these venues do have restrictions on the areas dogs are allowed to visit, so be sure to check before you set off to avoid disappointment.
- Bodmin Railway
- Charlestown Shipwreck Centre
- Chysauster Ancient Village
- Cornish Goldsmith’s Treasure Park
- Cornish Seal Sanctuary
- Eden Project
- Geevor Tin Mine
- Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm
- Holywell Bay Fun Park
- Jamaica Inn
- Land’s End
- Lappa Valley Steam Railway
- Launceston Castle
- Minack Theatre & Visitor Centre
- Mount’s Bay
- National Lobster Hatchery
- Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange
- Pendennis Castle
- Port Eliot House & Gardens
- St Austell Brewery
- St Mawes Castle
- The Courtroom Experience
- The Lizard Peninsula
- Tintagel Castle
- Wheal Martyn
For detailed information on dog-friendly accommodation, walks and more in Cornwall, have a look at the Dog Friendly Cornwall website.
Dog-friendly Cornish beaches
Does your pooch love a paddle in the sea? Who doesn’t?
Taking your dog along on holiday doesn’t mean you need to miss out on the seaside, but it does mean you need to check if dogs are allowed before you set off for the sands. To make your job a little easier, here’s a list of the dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall.
- Boat Cove
- Constantine Bay
- Cot Valley
- Crantock Beach
- Daymer Bay Beach
- Dollar Cove
- Gillan Harbour
- Gwenver Beach
- Harlyn Bay Beach
- Holywell Bay Beach
- Little Fistral
- Mawgan Porth
- Mexico Towans Beach
- Northcott Mouth
- Penhale Sands
- Perransands Beach
- Polly Joke Beach
- Port Quin
- Porth Kidney Beach
- Porthcothan Bay
- Portheras Cove
- Prussia Cove
- Rock Beach
- Roskilly Beach
- Sandy Acres Beach
- Sandymouth Beach
- Southern section of Widemouth Bay
- Steps Beach
- Trebarwith Strand
- Treyarnon Bay
- Whitsand Bay
We’ve mentioned this on our guide to Cornish beaches to suit everyone but, in case you missed it, those who prefer an interactive guide should visit The Cornish Coast for a very handy map featuring details of how welcome dogs are on each beach, which ones they are totally banned from, and what restrictions are applicable where.
Protecting your dog from adders
Seeing as you’re holidaying here in the UK, snakes may not be something you have given much thought to. However, Cornwall is home to quite a few adders, who aren’t quite as keen on your dog as you are.
Don’t panic too much – adder bites do cause illness in dogs (and humans) but are very rarely fatal. The last recorded human death from an adder bite was over forty years ago.
We’re sure you don’t want your dog to come to any harm where you can possibly avoid it, so make sure you read these tips for keeping dogs safe from adders.
- Cool adders pose more of a risk to dogs than hot adders too. They’re slower and find it harder to escape, so opt for attacking instead. As such, you should keep an eye on the temperatures before heading out for a dog-walk
- With this in mind, try to walk when the temperature is below 10C or above 17C. It’s not guaranteed to keep your dog safe, but it does greatly reduce your chances of coming across an adder
- If you prefer to work with time rather than temperature, go for before 9am or after 7pm
- Heathlands, sand dunes and grassy areas are favourite adder haunts. In other words, quite a lot of Cornwall!
- Keeping your dog on a leash as much as possible will prevent them from becoming too curious and accidentally stumbling upon a less-than-pleased adder
- The weather plays a part in when adders hang around too – overcast days will bring them out in search of any sunshine that manages to battle its way through the clouds, as will sunny spells on rainy days
- If your dog does encounter an adder and end up with a bite, get to a vet immediately as, the sooner treatment is received, the better. (Similarly, if you get bitten, get to a hospital ASAP).
Top tips for dog summer safety
No matter where you intend to spend your summer, your dog may be at risk from the same hot, sunny weather that you’re actively seeking. Following these top tips will help to keep your dog safe, in Cornwall and beyond.
- Never leave a dog alone in a car. This is nothing that hasn’t been said countless times before, but animals can develop heat stroke in just a few short minutes as temperatures in the vehicle rise swiftly. Either leave the dog at home or in your holiday accommodation, or take them with you. Either way, make sure they have access to plenty of water.
- Don’t forget to ensure your dog is protected against fleas, ticks and other nasties
- Don’t walk your dog on hot pavements – not only can they cause painful injuries, it can also lead to quick overheating. If it’s too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for your dog.
- Always ensure your dog has access to both water and shade
- Did you know dogs can get sunburn too? Another reason to provide adequate shade
- Be careful around pools, lakes and bodies of water – your dog may not be as good a swimmer as you think
Dogs in Cornwall – general information
We do love a good PDF, and this one from Visit Cornwall certainly falls into that category. Download the leaflet now to read more about dog-friendly accommodation, attractions and more.