Dog Friendly Days Out in Hampshire

Many of our guests love bringing their dog on holiday with them, after all, they deserve a holiday too 🐕 😀But sometimes the dilemma is where can I take my dog on a day out? 

There are plenty of places you can take your dog without travelling too far from Wallops Wood and we’re sure they’ll enjoy the day as much as you! Doggie days out include local gardens and attractions, country parks and beaches so plenty of fun to keep the whole family and the dog entertained.   

All attractions will need to be booked in advance, and please check the relevant website before setting out to ensure opening times haven’t changed.

Gardens & Attractions

National Trust properties that allow dogs in the grounds include:
Mottisfont – Click for more information about taking your dog to Mottisfont

Hinton Ampner – Find out more about taking your dog

Uppark – Find out more about taking your dog to Uppark

Golden Retriever enjoying a day out

Exbury Gardens – a little further afield from Wallops Wood, but well worth the journey. Find out more about taking your dog to Exbury.

Beaulieu National Motor Museum – more information on taking your dog to Beaulieu is on their FAQs page. Dogs are allowed around the grounds but not into the main museum and some of the exhibitions.

Portchester Castle which is owned by English Heritage – Find out more about taking your dog.

Weald & Downland Living Museum – Dogs are allowed in most of the historic houses and around the grounds. Click for further information about taking your dog.

Country Parks

There are several country parks in the area, most of which allow dogs. Please check details online before setting out and to book your tickets.

Queen Elizabeth Country Park is the closest country park to us and only 20 minutes away. Find out more about visiting the park here.

Staunton Country Park is also just 20 minutes away from Wallops Wood Cottages. There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained, as well as the dog!

Royal Victoria Country Park, located near Netley Abbey, overlooking Southampton Water. Find out more here.

Lepe Country Park is located in the New Forest and looks across to the Isle of Wight. Take in the beautiful views across the Solent.


The beaches listed below all allow dogs although restrictions may be in place in the summer months between 1 May – 30 September. Please check online before setting out.

Lee-on-the-Solent – about 30 minutes from Wallops Wood

Stokes Bay – located at Alverstoke, again around a 30 minute drive.

Southsea – a very popular seafront with plenty to entertain the family. Check restrictions that may apply for dogs.

West Wittering beach, south of Chichester – you will need to book parking in advance, if not you will be turned away. From the 1st May to 30th September dogs are excluded from the Blue Flag bathing zone (the area in front of the beach huts) – they are welcome elsewhere. From October to April dogs are welcome everywhere. Click here to book parking in advance.

Beagle enjoying the beach!
Beagle enjoying the beach!

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