Leamington Guide Dog Training School

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Did you know you can visit the Leamington Training School?
The Guide Dogs Training School at Leamington Spa started in 1941 and today trains 220 dogs a year. We would like to invite you to take part in the Guide Dogs experience and learn about our life-changing work

  • Find out how it all began and how we train a guide dog
  • Meet the dogs; bring you camera and take a picture of your favourite
  • Discover more about sight loss
  • Experience a blindfold walk
  • Ask a trained tour guide anything you’d like to know about Guide Dogs
  • Meet a guide dog owner or puppy walker
  • Buy a souvenir from our gift shop

Going Round ObstaclesWe are currently recruiting Centre Guides for the tours, no experience is necessary and full training will be given. If you’d like to give a little time to Guide Dogs and make a BIG difference then please get in touch.

There is no charge for these tours; however donations towards the cost of providing them would be very welcome. Guide Dogs receives no government funding so donations help us continue to provide our vital services to people who are blind or partially sighted and help fund the training of future guide dogs.

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We also offer interesting and interactive sessions for school or young peoples groups.

We aim to make it as interactive as possible whilst educating the children about sight loss as well as the life changing work we do.


During the two hour visit children will:

  • Take part in a Fun & Interactive presentation
  • Have a tour of kennels to meet the dogs
  • Experience a blindfold handle walk
  • Have a go at our Sensory Challenges including; writing your name in braille, plus many more
  • An opportunity to meet our mascot, Hero.
  • Find out how to approach and guide someone who is blind or partially sighted
  • Take a trip through our Sensory Tunnel 

For more information, or to book a visit, please call the Leamington Guide Dog Training School on 0345 1430208 or email centrevisits.leamington@guidedogs.org.uk (telephone calls will be charged at 3p per minute, plus your company’s access charge).


When can I visit?
Most Thursdays at 1:30pm and the first Saturday of the month at 10am

How long will the tour last?
Visitors are usually here for about two hours

Do I have to book or can I just turn up?
Booking is essential so please contact us at least one month before you would like to visit

How many people can I bring with me?
We can take a maximum of 50 people per visit (one coach load)

How much will I have to pay?
Centre visits are free of charge, but as the Guide Dogs service receives no Government funding, donations are very much appreciated

How can I make a booking or find out more?
Call us on 0118 983 8228 or email us. Once you have booked your visit we will send you a confirmation letter

Can I bring my pet dog?
Unfortunately not, assistance dogs are of course more than welcome however.

How do I get to the Leamington Training School?
Leamington Site Information (Word 31Kb)

Is parking available?
There is space for a small number of cars or for one coach in the Training School car park.

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