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The Best Dog Friendly Days Out in Sussex

12th June 2024

With more and more canine pals heading on days out with their families, we’ve scoured Sussex for the best dog friendly activities and events that the whole pack can enjoy together. Whether you’re seeking an education into our counties rich history, or an excuse to jump in at the deep end, these dog friendly days out will ensure no one will miss out and you'll never have to leave your beloved pet at home!

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1. Head Back in Time with Amberley Museum

Located in the heart of the beautiful Sussex countryside, this dog-friendly museum welcomes pets and their owners for a day out with a difference. Amberley Museum showcases and preserves the rural, transport, industrial and communications history of the south of England for the learning and enjoyment of today’s visitors and future generations. With some of the last surviving examples of steam locomotives on display, visitors can spend the day learning about the industries and rural crafts that have shaped this part of Sussex. Well-behaved dogs are allowed in all exhibition buildings, on their bus, train and in their Limeburners Cafe, so no one will feel left out!

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2. Sleep Amongst the Trees with Tree House Retreats

Set in the beautiful ancient woodland of Cowdray, West Sussex, sit four handcrafted treehouses that are waiting for you and your four-legged friends to enjoy. Each having its own identity, all are dog-friendly and thoughtfully designed. Perched amongst the trees to harmonise with their natural surroundings, they feature an outdoor bath, wrap-around deck and super-king bed. Igniting a sense of childhood adventure and wonder, these luxurious self-catering treehouses command all their guests to unwind, recharge, and explore them at their own pace.

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3. Ride the Kent & East Sussex Railway Together

Enjoy a trip back in time as you and your dog ride the Kent and East Sussex railway together. The very first ‘light railway’ to be constructed in 1900, this fine example runs between Tenterden and Bodiam in around 50 minutes. With a unique collection of trains offering guests the chance to ride in a old-fashioned carriage compartments - some of which are approaching 150 years old but still going strong - its a day out that the whole family can enjoy. Dogs are welcome to book a ticket along with their owners, providing they are well behaved and remain on a lead during their visit.

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4. Paddleboard with Your Pooch Across Sussex

Paddle boarding with your pet has become a popular way to enjoy some one-on-one time together out on the water. With over 90 miles of coastline to explore, Sussex boasts some of the best beaches and prettiest riverways for outdoor water activities. Start out with some lessons to perfect your technique so that once your confidence is high, you can take to the water with your enthusiastic crew mate and glide into brand new adventures together.

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5. Visit the Weald & Downland Museum in West Sussex

A hidden gem nestled in the stunning Lavant valley between the villages of Singleton and West Dean, the Weald & Downland Museum is like no other museum we have ever visited. An immersive insight into what life was really like for people living in years gone by, visitors and their four legged friends are invited to see, touch and even smell how life once was for our ancestors.

With a calendar of activities suitable for humans of all ages, dogs are welcomed to enter most of the Museum’s buildings, cafés and can spend time enjoying the outdoor deck. Plus with over 40-acres of stunning natural beauty waiting to be explored, their walking trails are ideal for you both to get up close to the history of this extraordinary living museum.

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6. Join a Dog Swim at Saltdean Lido in East Sussex

If you have an aqua-pup that loves to play in the water, then Saltdean Lido might have just the thing! The UK’s biggest and best dog swim event, all profits raised will go towards the Saltdean Lido restoration fund, to restore this fabulous building. Swims are broken into categories to suit pups of all size so book your place now for a swim in the sunshine to look forward to!

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WILD CARD: Day Trip at Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

Although it's a little further afield, we couldn’t not mention this incredible day out that the whole family will enjoy. Winner of the ‘ ‘Be Dog Friendly’ Awards for two years in a row, the Cotswold Wildlife Park has been welcoming dogs since it first opened in 1970. The only large zoological collection in the UK to allow your canine friend to join you on your ‘walking safari’, all well-behaved dogs, and humans, can get close to the the spectacular wildlife that roams this carefully landscaped park set in the beautiful Bradwell Grove Estate.

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