On Saturday 19th September RHS Wisley held one of their popular Walkies at Wisley nights allowing visitor to look around the beautiful gardens with their 4 legged friends. Having never been to Wisley Dogs Outings Guide were delighted to be invited.
The gardens are open from 4pm – 6pm and to be honest I was surprised how busy it was and wish I had done some research on the parking situation. We parked in car Park 3 which is to the far right of the main entrance and for our dog plenty of places for our dog to stop and sniff.
Once at the entrance it was all plain sailing. You do need to pre-book your tickets, as is the case for most places you visit now days, and as expected there are some rules. Only 2 dogs are permitted per person, which is fine. If you have more take someone with you. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. We couldn’t see any signs about the type of lead but with a busy event like this we used our retractable lead with a shorter lead as back up.
It goes without saying you have to pick up any dog waste and use the bins provided, which there were plenty, I don’t understand people who don’t pick up after their dogs especially is a place like this. I am pleased to say everyone we saw was using the bins.
As this was our first visit we did find it overwhelming and rushing to get in we couldn’t find any maps. Again, due to covid-19, there might not have been any but there were maps around the gardens showing you where you are. There are sign posts and after stopping at the small lake we headed towards the Glass House.
From beautiful lawns, viewing points, fruit tree orchards and walks along the stream rolling down from the rockery area. On a barmy warm late September evening this was a wonderful evening out and best of all the dog enjoyed it.
The Wisley Plant Centre and Shop is open for the evening but by the time we got back they were closed. As for drinks these were also available from outdoor catering outlets as no dogs permitted inside catering outlets. In the time we were there the time just flew by and we wished it was longer then 2 hours to walk with your dog around such wonderful grounds.
Would we go again? yes but may be different time of year. A place like RHS Wisley you need to enjoy throughout the year and seasons. Unfortunately RHS Wisley only allows registered support dogs throughout the year. But hopefully more events like this are planned.
Cost of the evening is FREE to RHS Wisley Members and £7 per adult and £5 per child. For more information regarding RHS Wisley CLICK HERE
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