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Dog friendly


Dog friendly places to stay and visit in the Winchester District. Winchester and surrounding area is the perfect place to visit with your dog, with lots of city centre trails and countryside to explore. Many businesses welcome dogs, please see below for details of some of the accommodation, eateries and attractions in the area.

Dog on platformWalks & Country Parks
Winchester City Council adopted the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 to cover all land within its district which is open to the air and to which the public are allowed or permitted to have access, so please make sure you pick up after your dog. Please keep your dog on a lead near livestock and ground nesting birds.

Please pick up one of our self-guided trails from the Visitor Information Centre to enjoy with your dog, alternatively you can download before your visit.

Dog friendly attractions

dog friendlyDogs on leads are welcome at the following attractions within reach of Winchester:

Winchester Cathedral – all dogs are welcome in the grounds of the Cathedral and courtyard area of the Cafe.
Bishop’s Waltham Palace – English Heritage (tel: 01489 892 460) open May to Sept.
Mid Hants Railway (Watercress Line), Alresford to Alton (tel: 01962 733 810) £1 for a dog ticket
Gilbert White’s House & Garden, Selborne (tel: 01420 511 275) dogs welcome in garden, not house.
Chawton House – Dogs are welcome in all outside areas but must be kept on a short lead
Jane Austen’s House – well-behaved dogs are welcome in the garden, and must be kept on a lead at all times.
Hinton Ampner House and Gardens – Dogs are allowed on all estate walks and most parts of the garden on short leads.

Dog friendly accommodation

The following accommodation accepts well behaved dogs by arrangement (some may charge).


Mercure Wessex, Winchester . Tel: 01962 861 611
Lainston House, Sparsholt . Tel: 01962 776 088 ground floor bedrooms only
The Swan Hotel, Alresford. Tel: 01962 732 302

Dogs at Wallops WoodSelf Catering/Camping

Wallops Wood Cottages, Droxford. Tel: 01489 878 888
Glamping at Wallops Wood, Droxford. Tel: 01489 878 888


Eateries – many pubs allow well behaved dogs in the bar – please ask before entering.