Check out this great selection of dog friendly museums!
Dog walks are great, sure. But what about when it’s raining? What do you do when you’ve got young kids who can’t stomp their way around a five-mile trail with the pooch? The answer is in a brand new guidebook, Dog-Friendly Weekends: 50 Breaks in Britain for You and Your Dog. This new book is an essential guide to travelling around Britain with your dog. Featuring not just dog-friendly pubs and hotels, but more importantly, great things to do that go beyond a stroll in the park.
We’re all about dog friendly locations at Dog Furiendly so we think this guide is great!
Author Lottie Gross travelled the length and breadth of Britain to test out 50 locations and myriad attractions. That includes these nine dog friendly museums. Want more inspiration? Buy Dog-Friendly Weekends here or nip into your local bookshop to purchase.
St Fagan’s, Cardiff
For a glimpse into rural Welsh life over the centuries, head 10km west of Cardiff city centre. St Fagans is the country’s unrivalled history museum. Comprising over 40 historic buildings, painstakingly dismantled and rebuilt on the St Fagans Castle grounds.
It’s a fascinating ensemble: the oldest is St Teilo’s Church, which dates back to the 12th century. There’s a playground for kids and farm animals in paddocks throughout the grounds. There is even a working bakery where fresh bread is made daily. Dogs are welcome throughout the site, except inside historic buildings. Water is available at the on-site cafe.
Ryedale Folk Museum, North York Moors National Park
Set across 2.5 hectares in the southern section of the North York Moors National Park. This brilliant dog friendly museum is composed of 20 heritage buildings. The buildings have been deconstructed from their original locations and reconstructed, brick by brick, within these grounds. See a 1950s village shop complete with vintage sweets, a number of quaint thatched cottages and 15th-century crofts with original-style furnishings. There is even a mock Iron Age roundhouse with ancient equipment inside. Dogs are allowed in all areas and inside all the buildings.
Brunel Museum, London
A celebration of all things engineering. This museum is just 100m from Rotherhithe Overground Station. Dedicated to London’s most inventive and technologically influential family: the Brunels. Including, most notably, Isambard Kingdom Brunel who was the civil engineer behind many 19th-century firsts, from bridges to steamships. It’s set inside a Grade II-listed tunnel shaft around halfway along the Thames between Tower Bridge and Greenwich. Charting the achievements of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his father, Marc Brunel, who both worked on the tunnel in the 1840s.
Weald & Downland Living Museum, West Sussex
This excellent open-air museum, set across 16 hectares, is a compelling place to learn about rural life in Sussex. You might recognise its thatched barn from the BBC series The Repair Shop. Kids will love playing traditional games in the Hambrook Barn. Expect to see Tudor cooking demonstrations, meet traditional working farm animals and stroll on the many walking trails. Dogs are welcome in almost all the buildings except the watermill, Winkhurst Tudor Kitchen and Newdigate bakehouse. The on-site cafe is also dog friendly.
The Pencil Museum, Keswick, Cumbria
This small but compelling museum is genuinely engaging. It charts the history of graphite mining in the Lake District region and delves into how the popular Derwent pencils are made. See historic machinery and the world’s longest pencil and learn how the pencil factory here helped create secret tools for MI6 spies. You’ll get a quiz to fill out on arrival and a prize if you get all the questions right.
Tudor Museum, Stratford-upon-Avon
Immerse yourself in the Tudor era at this living museum, where costumed actors will transport you back to the 1500s. Kids will love having a go in the stocks. If you’re (un)lucky you might just find yourself the subject of a witch trial.
Dundee Transport Museum & HMS Unicorn, Dundee
We had a great time sitting in many cars in the family and dog friendly Dundee Transport Museum. The site features a warren of warehouses. Filled with miniature cars, a real-life Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, buses, trams and the occasional race car. Nearby is the HMS Unicorn, a 19th-century sailing frigate you can explore with the dog.
Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Charlestown, Cornwall
Sitting right on Charlestown’s harbour, just a 15-minute drive north of Mevagissey on the south coast of Cornwall. This engaging dog friendly museum charts the history of wreck diving. It also explores the unusual objects found beneath the sea from more than 150 shipwrecks. Don’t miss a stroll around the beautiful harbour afterwards, and lunch at the seafront pub. The Eden Project is nearby too, so head out that way if the weather’s on your side.
Dog Furiendly would like to thank Lottie Gross for contributing this article to our website. If you’d like to find more great dog friendly days out click here.