Dog Friendly Visitor Attractions

Durlston Country Park and Castle

Durlston Country Park is also a National Nature Reserve with a wonderful visitor centre, exhibition gallery and cafe based in the Castle and lots of interesting features in the grounds (including a giant Globe and spectacular views) and it’s ALL dog-friendly, you can even take your dog into the visitor centre!

Do remember to keep your dog on a lead near the cliffs and where asked to on the reserve (as there are vulnerable wildlife in some areas).

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Upton Country Park

A popular park with an off-lead field and also gardens and woodlands which can be enjoyed on lead. The cafe includes an outdoor seating area where dogs are allowed on lead. There is now a new, large (30 acre) area where dogs are able to exercise off-lead around several fields in a varied setting including a stream, meadow and good paths. There is also a smaller fenced area within the off-lead area, for exercise and training. 

The Park borders Poole Harbour, if you walk on the harbourside paths be aware that the Harbour is a great place for birds, so do prevent your dog from disturbing them, more about that here.

Good bus links with one going right into the park – and trains a short bus ride or nice dog walk away! Pay and display car parking charges apply. For further information about Upton Country Park, the many family and other events that take place there go to