Dog Friendly

Dogs are welcome at our award winning Dog Friendly site.

We were delighted to be awarded the Beautiful South Award – Gold Winner for Dog Friendly Business of the Year 2022 – 2023.

So pack your walking boots and get up close to history; embrace the outdoors and embark on an adventure across our 40-acre site with your four legged friends!

Dogs are welcome and can enter most of the Museum’s buildings with the exceptions of the watermill, Newdigate bakehouse, Dairy and Winkhurst Tudor kitchen, where food is prepared.

Dogs are also welcome in our designated ‘Dog Friendly’ section of our café which is located at the far end and the associated decking area.

All we ask is if you could please respect other visitors and our animals onsite (horses, sheep, pigs, wildfowl and our chickens), by keeping your dog on a short lead and under control at all times – extending leads are not permitted. Short leads are available for purchase from our Museum shop.

Benefits of Dog Walking

Regular dog walks are the perfect way to build a foundation for a happy life for your pooch. Walking your dog can help your furry friend become more sociable with other dogs, improve their joints and heart, as well as keeping them mentally stimulated. In addition, did you know that dog walking can hugely improve your own mental health and physical wellbeing?

Dog walking encourages families and friends to put their phones away, interact, and become more sociable with one another; you could also make new friends during your dog walk or just spend some quality time in the great outdoors keeping active with you and your four-legged friend.

According to BUPA, a study shows that dog walkers are more likely to walk 30 minutes more than those who walk without a dog; meaning that not only is dog walking great for your state of mind, it also makes you more active and improves your physical health. Likewise, taking a stroll with your dog has a major impact on your overall mental health, it is a great way to unwind and de-stress.

The Weald & Downland Living Museum offers the perfect opportunity for a rural escape, allowing you and your four-legged friends to get away from the hustle and bustle of ordinary day life. A trip to the Museum gives you the perfect excuse to pack your walking boots and your four-legged friend’s (short) lead, to enjoy a walk in our 40-acre site – an opportunity to take in the idyllic seasonal scenery, tranquil woodlands and sculpture trail, whilst absorbing the history of over 50 historic buildings nestled in the South Downs National Park.

See our Walking Trails

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