Dog friendly holidays in Cornwall

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If you’re looking for a dog friendly holiday in Cornwall then look no further – Bosinver is doggy paradise!

We’ve got plenty of space to walk, run, and sniff out interesting new smells – and make a few new friends along the way. Several of our cottages take dogs, including our Farmhouse (sleeps 12), Jack’s Barn (sleeps eight) and several of our smaller cottages including Rose and Pear.

We’ve also got a special dog kennel, where you can leave your dog for a few hours if you need to go somewhere where you can’t take your pooch.

While some of the beaches have seasonal dog bans, there are plenty of beaches that allow dogs all year round. Take a look at our dog friendly beaches blog for our top tips.

You might also be surprised how many attractions in Cornwall are dog friendly. Here are a few of our favourite:

1. Trebah Garden is one of the most dog-friendly places we’ve visited. Delightful at any time of the year, this award-winning garden is top of our list of places to explore. They’ve also got complimentary poop scoops available and dog waste bins around the garden.

Trebah Garden is one of the most popular dog friendly gardens in Cornwall
Trebah Garden is one of the most popular dog friendly gardens in Cornwall

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

3. Wheal Martyn Museum and Country Park is just down the road from Bosinver in St Austell. It’s 26 acre country park with miles of woodland walks, an engaging museum set in the grounds of two former china clay pits (lots of interactive displays), plus an excellent children’s playground and challenge trail. Follow the Historical trail through the former Wheal Martyn China Clay works and find out how china clay was extracted and the important part it played in the lives of the people who lived in this part of Cornwall.

4. For a fascinating day out, head to Bodmin Jail. Previous guests have given it a glowing recommendation, and it’s certainly something different! It was built by the prisoners who brought the 20,000 tons of granite from Bodmin’s “Cuckoo Quarry”. 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. The world-famous Minack Theatre is one of Cornwall’s top attractions, so needs little introduction. What most people don’t realise is that dogs on leads are welcome to visit during the day (not during evening performances). With miles of coastal paths to explore nearby, it makes a great day out for you and your four-legged friend.

6. 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!

Bosinver's self catering cottages are a great base for a dog friendly holiday in Cornwall

Other dog-friendly visitor attractions include St Mawes Castle, Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, Bodmin and Wenford Railway and Lappa Valley.

We hope this gives you a taster of some of the fantastic dog-friendly places you can visit while you’re on holiday. If you’re planning on visiting any of these attractions, it’s worth taking a look at their websites for opening hours before you set off – some of them have seasonal opening hours or occasional special events that dogs can’t be part of.

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