Dog-friendly attractions in Kent

There’s no need to leave your dog at home when you’re visiting the Garden of England. With so many attractions in Kent opening their doors to welcome four-legged friends, a day out for ALL the family is easier than you think! Whether you fancy sniffing out gorgeous gardens, steaming through the countryside with your pet by your side, or taking to the river on a canoe with a canine, we've got plenty of inspiration for days out in Kent to get tails wagging.

For those days when you want to take to the trails, check out our dog-friendly walks and don't forget to share your adventures with us on Twitter and Instagram. 

Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

Believe it or not, dogs travel for FREE with their owners on miniature trains across Romney Marsh, so there's no excuse to leave them at home. On those hot summer days, dogs will have the chance to cool off with water bowls provided. 

Roam in Romney Marsh

Spa Valley Railway

If you're travelling through the High Weald, step back in time for a journey aboard the Spa Valley Railway. Bring along your pooch for the day and they too can enjoy the glorious Wealden countryside and it won't cost them a penny.

Steam through the countryside

Kent's beaches

Sand, sea and fresh air - what is there for a dog not to like? The glorious sandy beaches of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate welcome dogs, with some restrictions in place between 1st May and 30th September. So be sure to take your pooch to the coast to stretch their legs. 

Stretch your legs on the beach

Dover Castle

At Dover Castle, dogs on leads can venture behind the battlements for a walk through the grounds of the ancient fortress. Finish off your walk with a drink and water bowl for your partner in crime. 

Storm the castle

Richborough Roman Fort

Bring your dog along on a lead to Richborough Roman Fort and they'll have free rein of the extensive grounds which once witnessed the beginning of Roman rule.  

Read all about Richborough Roman Fort

Betteshanger Park

The 250-acres of parkland at Betteshanger Park near Deal are perfect dog walking territory. Bring your dog and the rest of the family for a day out that's bound to encourage smiles and wagging tails. 

Take a wander at Betteshanger 

Hever Castle

Set in impressive 125-acre grounds, Hevers Castle's astonishing gardens are perfect to explore with pooches on leads. Visit each season for new sights and scents in the ever-changing grounds. 

Head to Hever

Tunbridge Wells, Rusthall Common and Dunorlan Park

Both parks offer excellent spots for a walk with your best friend and, with the added bonus of being within walking distance of Royal Tunbridge Wells, you can round off your stroll with a coffee and a treat in the town centre. Royal strolls

Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest

While your dog may not quite appreciate that this impressive setting is the finest collections of conifers in the world, they are bound to enjoy the chance to run through the woods along forest trails.

Bound into Bedgebury

Ightham Mote

Even four paws will struggle to cover the full 546 acres of this impressive estate! Finish your walk with a circle around the medieval manor house and stop off at the outside seating area of the Mote Cafe for refreshments (both canine and human-friendly). 

Circle Ightham Mote

Belmont House and Gardens

Pups are welcome on leads in the gardens of this neo-classical house near Faversham. Wander the walled garden and explore the woods and pinetum. 

Explore the gardens

Canoe Wild

Bring your dog along on the adventure on a canoe trail fit for a canine. Small to medium dogs are welcome aboard Canoe Wild boats, with fresh water and treats available after a paddle with your pooch. 

Paddle with your pooch


While your dog won't be allowed to roam the orchards (that might be just a little too tempting), they are allowed in the marketplace and are welcome to attend many of the annual festivals, including the Cider and Apple Festivals.

Bring your dog to Brogdale


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