Dog friendly days out in Cornwall

A terrier stood against a fence and looking through it

We all love exploring new places on holiday – and so do our dogs! In Cornwall, we’re lucky enough to have a wealth of fantastic things to do and see on our doorstep.

There are lots of attractions you can visit with your canine companion, all offering new sights and smells to investigate and potential new friends around every corner.

Our favourite dog friendly attractions in Cornwall

1. Chyauster Ancient Village (near Penzance) is an Iron Age settlement that was first occupied nearly 2,000 years ago. Spectacular, rugged surroundings perfect for exploring!

2. Geevor Tin Mine was a working mine till 1990. Now, it’s open for visitors to discover more about Cornwall’s industrial past. You can find out what it was like to work as a Cornish tin miner and have a go at panning for tin. Dogs are welcome on the site, but you can’t take them with you on the underground tour.

3. Wheal Martyn Museum is just down the road from Bosinver in St Austell. This engaging museum is set in the grounds of two former China clay pits and has lots of interactive displays, plus an excellent children’s playground  and miles of woodland walks to explore.

4. Bodmin Jail has been highly recommended by previous guests. It promises a fascinating day out and an insight into Cornwall’s social history and crime and punishment in the past. During the First World War, the Jail provided a safe haven for important state papers and the Doomsday Book. The Crown Jewels have also stayed there too! Please note: Bodmin Jail is now closed for six months to allow for construction to finish on their new £8.5million immersive visitor attraction, due to re-open in May 2020.

5. St Mawes Castle was built by Henry VIII to defend the Carrick Roads against the Spanish Armada. This attractive, well-preserved castle offers a tantalising glimpse into the past. Try the audio tour (included in the entry price) to get the most out of your visit. Your four-legged friend will enjoy exploring the grounds while you soak up the magnificent views of the Fal. Our favourite way to visit St Mawes Castle is by water, on one of the Enterprise Boats (friendly dogs welcome on board too).

More dog friendly visitor attractions in Cornwall

There are lots more dog friendly visitor attractions to choose from in Cornwall. We also love Pendennis Castle, Bodmin and Wenford Railway and Lappa Valley. Cornwall is renowned for its gardens, and many of them welcome dogs – read more about dog friendly gardens on our blog. It’s worth checking their websites before you set off, as opening days/hours may vary depending on the season.

Dog friendly holidays at Bosinver

We love welcoming well-behaved dogs and their owners to Bosinver, and we have 10 dog friendly self-catering cottages to choose from, plus 30 acres of woodland and meadows for you to explore. Read more about dog friendly holidays at Bosinver.

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Have you and your canine companion discovered any other fantastic dog friendly attractions in Cornwall? Leave a comment below, post on our Facebook page or tweet @Bosivner – we’d love to hear your recommendations. If you would like to know more about booking a holiday here at Bosinver, please email or call 01726 72128.

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