Dog Friendly Day Out

Jess the sheep dog

Jess the trainee sheep dog at Chiltern Open Air Museum

You can enjoy a dog friendly day out at Chiltern Open Air Museum. There are dogs treats to welcome you in our ticket office and there are dog drinking bowls outside the Ticket Office, Elliott and Sons Café, Borehamwood Cattle Byre and Village Kitchen and you can now purchase Waggy Dog ice cream from our catering outlets.

The 45 acre site has lots of space and woodlands to explore as well as over 30 historic buildings that have been rescued and reconstructed on the Museum site.

There is livestock on site so we do ask that you keep your dog on a short lead at all times. Dogs are allowed in our historic buildings except for the furnished homes where we have delicate artefacts.

For the safety of our other visitors and your dog we ask that you do not leave your dog unattended at any time. Please always clean up after your dog there are special bins located at the entrance of the site and next to our Haversham toilets. Some of our historical re-enactment events do have some gun fire which may scare some dogs so please check the events section of our website before you visit.

Our volunteer shepherd, Steve Stone, is training his Collie, Jess, to be a sheep dog at COAM. You can follow Jess’ progress on our blog here.

Interesting dog fact: Matt Baker’s collie, Meg, who was a regular on the BBC’s Blue Peter during Matt’s tenure, learned how to be a sheepdog at Chiltern Open Air Museum. Matt also allowed the Museum’s sheep to graze on his land.

Beautiful South Awards FinalistWe’re a finalist in the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence Dog Friendly Business of the Year 2020 – 2021!

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