Family and dog friendly days out in Cornwall

Dog laying on a living room floor on a rug playing with a colourful dog toy. There is a small child on an arm chair in the background

Stan has been out and about with Nanny Pat and her grandchildren discovering the best family days out in Cornwall over the last 4 years. We know planning a day out that keeps the whole family happy including our four-legged friends can be tricky. We hope this blog will help you to do just that.

First up, is one of the most popular attractions in the UK, the Eden Project. Dogs are welcome with some special activities they can do, there is a designated area just for them with water bowls and poo bags. Dogs can explore the paths in the outdoors gardens, the only restricted are the indoor biomes and children’s play areas which we think is completely understandable. They suggest taking it in turns to explore the biomes while the rest of the family discover the gardens outside.

Next has been a favourite of ours over the years, Lappa Valley – Cornwall’s secret world of trains is the only attraction in Cornwall of its kind. Be ready to be transported on an exciting train ride from the car park to the secret world hidden in a valley just outside Newquay. Explore nature, play mini golf, take a boat ride on the lakes, if they still have steam to let off after all that, let them loose in the Engine Shed – a purpose built multi level soft play and café where you can refuel. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome to visit. They charge just £1 per dog, and they can go on the Steam Railway, boats, Newlyn Downs Branch Line, and nature walks.

St Mawes Castle is around a 35 minute drive from Bosinver Farm, rich in with fabulous sea views guarding the entrance to Falmouth harbour. Dogs are welcome to explore the castle and gardens as long as they are on a lead. There is plenty of space for children to run around and explore. It’s a difficult terrain for pushchairs so would recommend borrowing our baby / toddler carriers from us if needed. The site is a great vantage point for views of St Antony Lighthouse. We love to take a picnic along as there is no café but, you are a minutes walk from cafes and eateries in St Mawes.

Lost Gardens of Heligan is the ultimate dog walk and day out for children all rolled into one! With miles of pathways and routes to explore and plenty to discover along the way a day out at Heligan will keep the whole family busy for hours. When you’re ready for a drink or bite to eat both the Heligan Kitchen and Steward’s House cafes served excellent food and welcome dogs. They of course ask that dogs are always kept on a lead.

The pretty harbour village of Charlestown is full of shops, eateries and has an interesting history. A popular location with film and TV producers you may recognise some of the views from popular series like Poldark, Doctor Who episode The Curse of the Black spot or the film Alice in Wonderland. For children, adults and your four-legged friend visit the Shipwreck Treasure Museum where a world of discovery and imagination awaits. Amongst the items recovered from countless shipwrecks around the coast.

There’s so much at Bosivner for four legs to explore too, we completely understand that your dog is part of the family, so we want to make sure you’re all made to feel as welcome as possible. We have 9 dog-friendly cottages set in over 30 acres or meadows and woodland for everyone to discover. We have all the dog friendly facilities you would expect including a doggy wash for muddy paws and a kennel if you want to visit a place which doesn’t welcome dogs.

To book your family (including dog) friendly holiday then look no further than Bosinver Farm Cottages. Find out more about staying with your dog here, or if you’re convinced already then choose your dog friendly cottage (marked with a paw print) and check availability here.



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