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UK / South West / Somerset

The Golden Retriever Experience

Unit 4C, Hawksworth Road, Minehead, TA24 5BZ

The Golden Retriever Experience Ltd (The GRE) is a family-run attraction in West Somerset that gives the unique opportunity for guests to have a personal encounter with a pack of trained Golden Retrievers!

Play Fetch with a Pack of Dogs (Summer Experience Only)

For those who don’t/can’t own a dog, The GRE gives you the opportunity to have a couple of hours of dog-filled fun; from doggy cuddles to playing fetch.


Experience the Joys of Owning a Dog

If you’ve been considering dog ownership, why not find out what it’s really like with us before making that big commitment.


Overcome Your Fear of Dogs

GRs are famous for being one of  the most gentle and intelligent breeds! That’s why we entrust them to resolve your fear of dogs within our specially controlled environment.


Pet Bereavement

Have you lost a pet or loved one recently? Or know someone who has? Many people who are bereaving find it very therapeutic coming to The GRE because they are reminded of the joys of having had their pet and receive the healing love and attention they’ve been missing.


PTSD Treatment & Stress Relief

If you need some time out of your busy lifestyle or are suffering from Combat Stress, The GRE is perfect for you! We’re based in the quiet countryside of Exmoor National Park, surrounded by rolling hills with a 10 minute walk to the beach.


Special Occasions

The GRE is a great way to spend your Valentine’s day, birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion! Makes a perfect Wedding Gift and we do Gift Certificates. You can book out our grounds (dogs included of course) for up to 6 hours of dog-filled fun.


Learning, Social and Behavioural Difficulties

We specialise in the therapeutic needs of children and adults with all forms of learning/social/behavioural disabilities including Autism and other associated conditions. We support SEND (Special Education Needs & Disabilities).


Acquired Brain Injury Care

The GRE has shown to be a beneficial and therapeutic experience for clients suffering with ABI and we are pleased to tailor your sessions to suit your patient’s specific needs.


Additional Expertise and Accessibility

 We have experience working with the blind, elderly patients and children and adults with Down syndrome. The GRE is fully wheelchair accessible and we have ample parking for minibuses and coaches.


Wear something you don't mind getting dirty and hairy. The perfect outfit is jeans or tracksuit bottoms with trainers and a t-shirt/hoodie/sweater. We don't recommend wearing white or anything expensive. A spare change of clothes is a great idea if you want to go for something to eat after your experience. If you don't get dirty here you haven't had enough fun!

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Opening Times

Wednesday - Sunday

10.00 - 18.00

We’d love to see all of you at The GRE but we don’t accept walk-ins because we have a limited capacity, all bookings must be made in advance via the ‘book now’ button on our website.


WINTER EXPERIENCE       20th October 2023 to 14th April 2024


SUMMER EXPERIENCE     17th April 2024 to 29th September 2024



Adult 2-Hour Session (18+ years old)


Student/Youth 2-Hour Session (13 - 17 and 18+ with University Student Card. No Student Discount Cards if you aren't a student please!)


Senior 2-Hour Session (66+ Years Old)


Child 2-Hour Session (2 - 12 Years Old)


Military Personnel & Partners 2-Hour Session (Military Personnel & Partners 2-Hour Session)


Infant 2-Hour Session (Under 2 Years Old)


Doggy Daycare

2-hour Doggy Daycare


Due to Licensing and Insurance restrictions, we can no longer allow outside dogs to participate in the experience, but you can leave your dog at our new Doggy Daycare facility during your session which is also located on the GRE property.


Car Parking

Disabled Access



17th Apr - 29th Sep

The Summer Experience at The Golden Retriever Experience

Have a personal encounter with a pack of trained Golden Retrievers at our outdoor experience!

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17th Apr - 29th Sep

The Summer Experience at The Golden Retriever Experience

Have a personal encounter with a pack of trained Golden Retrievers at our outdoor experience!

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