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Hampstead Heath

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Setting: Woodland and meadows
Paws: All welcome

Londoners and their pups have been escaping the city at Hampstead Heath for over 200 years. The park inspired C.S. Lewis to write the Chronicles of Narnia, and Constable spent his latter years painting it. Less than four miles from the centre of London, visitors and their pups can enjoy spectacular views of the city, wander over the Heath, savour a picnic – and brave humans and hounds can even take a dip in the swimming ponds.

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The low down

Visitors to Hampstead Heath will love to roam the open spaces and woodland walkways, lead-free, snuffling along the paths and trails in one of London’s largest park areas. The Heath is home to lots of wildlife – a great diversity of birds as well as rabbits, hedgehogs, squirrels, frogs and even a few nocturnal Muntjac deer.

Only 4 miles from Central London, the panoramic views from Parliament Hill, also known as Kite Hill, are spectacular.

Pups will love splashing, playing fetch and making friends in the popular dog pond. Swimming ponds – for humans only – are also open year round for those owners who are not afraid of the cold or the mud.

At least 55 historical features and attractions will ensure that the walk is fun and stimulating for humans as well as hounds. The park boasts a zoo, an athletics track, an education centre, extensive children’s facilities, three swimming ponds and a Lido.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop at the Parliament Hill Café for simple refreshments inside the Heath, or visit one of the many dog-friendly pubs, cafés and restaurants in and around Hampstead. Please note dogs are not allowed inside Parliament Hill Café but they can sit with you outside on the terrace.

The park is free to visit and never closes.


  • 800 acres of woodland, ponds and meadows
  • Open to the public 24/7; dogs can go lead-free
  • Over 55 historic features and attractions, including Grade I listed building Kenwood House
  • Several cafés and dining options in and around the Heath
  • Fido will love splashing and making friends in the popular "dog pond"

Where We Are


Hampstead is a cute little town with several dog-friendly pubs and restaurants to choose from. Check out The Garden Gate, a 19th Century pub and garden, The Spaniards Inn, a 16th Century Inn, gastropubs The Wells and The Freemasons Arms or Alice House West Hampstead, a modern brunch venue.

Hampstead High Street is full of shops, cafés, restaurants and boutiques, many of which will welcome fido, and the side streets are home to delis, galleries and other interesting stops.

For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.


Address: West Gate Lodge, Hampstead Lane, Hampstead Heath, London, NW3 7JP

Hit the road

Limited paid public parking available within the Heath, and in Hampstead. For more details click here.

All aboard

Close to Gospel Oak, Kentish Town, Hampstead Heath Overground, Hampstead, Golders Green and Highgate stations.

C2, H3, C11, 24, 46, 168, 210, 214, and 268 buses pass by the park. For timetables and to plan your journey, use Transport for London.

For more tips on travelling with your dog, including transport options, read our essential guide to travelling with dogs. For more handy tips, check out Dog Digest.

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