Dogs are a big part of our history at Lotherton and we love seeing our visitors enjoying a walk around the estate with their four-legged friends.

Visiting during The Christmas Experience?

From 27 November – 2 January the estate will be transformed as we host The Christmas Experience. We anticipate that the estate will be very busy throughout this period and the some weekends may be sold out. We strongly advise visiting before 9am. Not all dogs are comfortable with busy spaces and noisy surroundings, please bear this in mind if visiting during our event period.

Monday – Friday – Visit as normal with your membership card for dog walking only. If you are planning to also visit The Christmas Experience please book a ticket. Please be mindful that some days may be busier than usual and there may be a queue to get in to the estate.

Weekends – All members and dog walkers must book from 9am onwards. Some weekends may be sold out and the car parks and estate will be very busy.

How to book: Book online

Unfortunately phone lines are currently closed due to illness but we are hoping they will be open as of next week, call box office on 0113 3760318.

Where can my dog go?

You’re welcome to take your dog anywhere outdoors at Lotherton except Wildlife World and the playground. Well behaved dogs are allowed off lead in our open parkland areas, boundary trail and woodland but we ask you to keep them on a short lead in the courtyard, around the playgrounds and in the formal gardens.

Assistance dogs are permitted into all areas of the estate.

Where can’t my dog go?

Inside the Stables café, Lotherton hall museum, Wildlife World and the playground*. We have a red deer park on the estate and ask all visitors to be mindful of their dogs when walking nearby to make sure our deer are not spooked.

*Assistance dogs are permitted.

What facilities are available?

We have water bowls available in the courtyard and there are also taps and bowls in the hard-standing car park, behind the courtyard. We have plenty of bins around the estate but if you can’t find one we ask you to please take it with you when you leave.

What to know before your visit

To make sure everyone has a tail-wagging good time please:

  • Lead the pack: remember to pop your dog on a lead in designated areas and always keep them in sight
  • Scoop the poop: bag and bin it to help keep our estate looking tip top
  • Call them back: not everyone is a dog-lover, keep them close by especially in busy areas
  • Leave it: some plants are toxic to animals
  • Think before bringing them: if it’s the school holidays or we are holding an event then it may not be the best environment for your dog. If in doubt, get in touch before visiting to check with our team

Assistance dogs

Dogs assisting visitors with disabilities are welcome to all areas of the estate. For more information please visit our access page.

Did you know?

Lady Gascoigne was a devoted dog lover and re-homed many stray dogs. She took them with her when travelling abroad and sometimes brought more back home than she’d left with!

There are plenty of nods to her love for dogs around the estate including pet’s corner in Lotherton Hall museum with several paintings and objects on display. There’s also a pet cemetery in the grounds, with nine headstones bearing the name of their dogs.

Image: Lady Gasgoine sitting with two of her dogs

Lady Gasgoine seated on the running board of a car with two of her dogs
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