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