We had done our homework. We rang and asked if the site was dog friendly and was told it most definitely was. We were really excited to be going, in fact we had paid to go on holiday in Derbyshire just to go there. To our horror after travelling a long way to visit this attraction we were accosted by a very officious guide who no sooner we got our dog out of the car with our dog, said that we were unable to bring the dog in the regular entrance and could only come on site via a side gate (where the bin men were at the time, very dignified!) and then we could only go around the perimeter of the grounds. What is the point of that?
I am disabled traveller having had multiple lots of leg surgery, my husband is my carer and this was on the hottest day of the year so far. I could not be split up from him for the whole day. Quite upset we had to agree or leave. Needless to say I was most unwell the next day because of the extra walking and we could go to get food our drinks the whole time there. You can not use the buggy service with a dog, or the land train. I would have given this place a very good because of the nature of the place and it's solemnity and for the thanks due to a member of staff called Wendy who took pity on us and asked the land train operator if he would just this once let us on with our little Westie, who by the way was no trouble at all. But for the arrogance of the meet and great man.I can understand not letting dogs on the memorial sites/grass but there are umpteen paths they could keep to. Assistance dogs are allowed anywhere on site and as the law states guide dog owners do not have to pick up there dogs mess at all. It is purely silly and will put off a lot of visitors with dogs. And after all most of the service men would have had a faithful friend in their day.
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