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Dog-friendly Charlestown

Your pooch is part of your family. Treat them to some canine capers with the brilliant array of things to do in and around Charlestown that’ll have them holidaying with boundless joy too.

From attractions and dog-friendly restaurants to walks and an abundance of outdoor spaces to explore together, the area is awash with options for you and your furry friend to relish some downtime and adventures together.

Doggie days out

Charlestown and its surrounds offer a variety of places to visit that also allow dogs to accompany you on your escapades.

Charlestown Shipwreck Centre is a brilliant all-weather attraction that’s dog-friendly and free for under 5s, so discover more about Charlestown harbour’s UNESCO World Heritage Site and its history with Europe’s largest private collection of shipwreck artefacts from over 150 shipwrecks.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan happily welcomes dogs all year-round, so roam the glorious botanical beauty and imbibe the great outdoors; or head to the Eden Project where dogs (on a lead) are welcome to sniff the ecological park out (apart from most indoor areas).

Alternatively, discover Cornwall’s clay mining heritage at dog-friendly and family-favourite, Wheal Martyn; or take a trip to St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre for some top tipples in the company of your beloved four-legged companion.

Great Western Railway allows up to two dogs on the train free of charge, so if you fancy exploring the area by train or jumping aboard the Rail Ale Trail (such as the nearby Looe Valley Line Rail Ale Trail), then it’s a winning ticket for all!

Pooch-friendly beaches and rambling with Rover

A trip to Cornwall isn’t complete without some beach time, so take the hound to one of the plethora where they’re permitted all year round (or check seasonal bans on other beaches), including Gorran Haven’s Vault Beach, Porthluney Beach and Hemmick Beach; Mevagissey’s Polstreath and Colona Beaches; and St Austell’s Coome Haven, Par Sands and Hallane Beaches.

And don’t forget the rural hinterland and world-renowned South West Coast path for some soul-stirring walking routes that your dog will adore. Try Charlestown to Porthpean, Mevagissey to Charlestown, Trelissick’s woodland walk, Pentewan Valley Trail and Luxulyan Valley.

Dining out with your dog

A diverse mix of dog-friendly joints await visitors to Charlestown with the pooch in tow, whether you fancy a quick bite or to settle in for the evening somewhere cosy, fur and all. 

In particular, Mevagissey’s Teacup Tearoom isn’t just a gastronomical gem catering to everyone’s tastes (including a fabulous assortment of non-dairy, vegan and gluten-free products), but it’s also a dog-loving treasure. Giving them a warm welcome with beds and treats while you tuck into the lip-smacking menu means that every member of your party will emerge exceedingly happy customers.

Then there’s the fantastic, Loveday’s and Short & Strong Café in Charlestown, as well as a bounty of top-notch pubs including The Harbourside Inn, Rashleigh Arms and Pier House Hotel, giving every reason to forgo the kennels and bring the most loyal family member for a very special stay on Cornwall’s incredibly dog-happy south coast.

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