We don’t think that our four legged friends should be left behind and miss out on great days out in the Lake District. So if you are looking for dog-friendly things to do in the Lake District you will be delighted to know we have plenty of places where your dog is very welcome too – gardens, historic houses and even museums. With water bowls, walks and doggy treats in abundance, Cumbria’s Living Heritage really do welcome dogs.
See our list of dog-friendly things to do across Cumbria:
Allan Bank (Grasmere) – a Georgian villa and former home of English poet, William Wordsworth.
Askham Hall (Penrith) – a 13th century stately family home, now offering dining and accommodation as well as the gardens.
Birdoswald Roman Fort ( Brampton, near Carlisle) – Walk alongside the longest continuous stretch of Hadrian’s Wall and explore the ruins of this fort that once held 800 soldiers
Brantwood (Coniston) – Country house and former home of John Ruskin
Brockhole – The Lake District Visitor Centre (Windermere) – Adventure Centre including Treetop Treks
Brougham Castle (near Penrith) – Founded by Robert de Vieuxpont in the early 13th century
Furness Abbey (Barrow-in-Furness) – A former monastery founded by Stephen, later King of England.
Lanercost Priory (Brampton, near Carlisle) – Tearoom and priory, founded about 1166 by Henry II
Stott Park Bobbin Mill (Ulverston) – A 19th-century bobbin mill and now a working museum
Grizedale Forest (Hawkshead) – A 24.47 km² area of woodland in the heart of the Lake District
Holker Hall & Gardens (Cark-in-Cartmel, near Grange-over-Sands) – Home of the Cavendish family, and one of the best-loved stately homes in Britain
Hutton-in-the-Forest (Penrith) – An historic house with spectacular gardens and architecture.
Kirklinton Hall & Gardens (near Carlisle) – 17th Century ruin with 14 acres of gardens
Lakeland Motor Museum (Newby Bridge) – A unique collection of 30000 exhibits, including 140 classic cars and motorbikes
Mirehouse & Gardens (near Keswick) – A 17th century stately home situated amongst beautiful gardens and a fantastic adventure playground
Muncaster Castle, Gardens, Hawk & Owl Centre (Ravenglass) – Castle, gardens, owl/birds of prey displays and more.
Steam Yacht Gondola (Coniston) – More than just a boat trip, it is a Victorian lifestyle experience played out on Coniston Water, one of England’s most beautiful lakes – an unparalleled Lake District cruising experience.