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Discover the perfect dog friendly getaways in the UK, where every adventure welcomes paws.

Popular Dog Friendly Weekend Breaks

If you’re looking for a quick weekend away with your four-legged friend, you’ve come to the right place. Explore over 500 of the best dog friendly getaways in the UK. From cosy holiday accommodation nearby to unique and quirky stays perfect for dogs, we’ve got you covered.

Explore Pet Friendly Breaks Near You

Never leave your furry friends behind with a selection of perfect dog-friendly holidays and self catering weekend breaks, all ready to welcome Fido.

Lake District

Experience the Lakes with pets by exploring Scafell Pike, strolling around Derwentwater, and wandering through Grizedale Forest. Visit dog-friendly places, restaurants, and attractions like Muncaster Castle and the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway for a brilliant day out.

Yorkshire

Dive in paws first to Yorkshire’s scenic Whitby coastlines, charming Hebden Bridge, and breathtaking Yorkshire Dales draw in dog lovers everywhere. Explore dog-friendly destinations like Fountains Abbey, Bolton Abbey, and the stunning Malham Cove alongside your four-legged companion.

Wales

Embrace Wales’ dramatic landscapes with your dog, from holiday cottages on the peaks of Snowdonia to the golden sands of Rhossili Bay. Immerse yourself in Welsh culture at the dog-friendly Conwy Castle or enjoy scenic walks along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

Norfolk

Norfolk boasts the picturesque town of Wells-next-the-Sea, the iconic Broads National Park, and delightful strolls along Bacton Woods. Discover plenty of stunning scenery, landscapes and fascinating history.

Scotland

Discover Scotland’s majestic Highlands, rugged coast, and charming towns as you and your canine companion embark on a travel adventure. Spend the day on dog-friendly trails in Cairngorms National Park, wander through picturesque St. Andrews, and roam the historic grounds of Melrose Abbey.

Northumberland

Venture to Northumberland with your furry friend and uncover the captivating Bamburgh Beach and the delightful Plessey Woods Country Park for woodland escapades. Explore Cragside, a dog-friendly estate with gardens and trails, or visit Holy Island, with its rich history and causeway adventure. Whether you want coast or country, the property selection here delivers.

Devon

Unwind in Devon with your dog, exploring Woolacombe’s sandy beaches, the wild terrain of Dartmoor, and the charming village of Clovelly. Visit attractions like the South Devon Railway or explore your location with coastal walks on the South West Coast Path.

Cornwall

One of the most dog friendly places in England. Experience bewitching coastlines, St Ives’ charm, and the historic Tintagel Castle. Enjoy idyllic countryside or sandy beaches like Gwithian Towans and visit attractions like the Eden Project or Minack Theatre.

Cotswolds

Indulge in the picturesque Cotswolds with your canine, enjoying rolling hills, Bourton-on-the-Water, and the enchanting Broadway Tower. Enjoy scenic walks like the Cotswold Way and explore activities like Batsford Arboretum and Sudeley Castle.

Peak District

Dive into the Peak District with your dog, from Castleton’s caverns to the Monsal Trail and Chatsworth House’s inviting gardens. Discover the region’s rugged beauty and huge list of attractions with your canine friend.

Shropshire

Shropshire’s lovely Ludlow, historic Ironbridge Gorge, and picturesque Carding Mill Valley walk make it a haven for dog enthusiasts. Experience the region’s natural beauty and rich history within walking distance.

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About Us

At Dog Friendly Getaways, we combine our love for dogs and popular holidays to help you find the perfect retreat for you and your canine companion. Our dedicated team of fanatical dog lovers, based in the North East of England, is passionate about ensuring your furry friends are included in your family nights away.

We provide tips, property suggestions, and guidance on UK holiday destinations, activities, and dog-friendly dining options. Join our growing community and only take a trip with your best pal again.

Tips for Planning a Dog-Friendly Short Break

On a Budget

  1. Look for affordable dog friendly accommodation: From cosy B&Bs to dog-welcoming hostels, there’s something to suit every wallet. Scour websites like Airbnb for hidden gems and special deals.
  2. Embrace free and low-cost activities: Enjoy long strolls in canine-friendly parks, explore charming villages, play fetch on the beach, or snuggle up by a campfire.
  3. Save on food: Opt for picnics in the park or prepare simple meals in your accommodation to save money. Bring toys and treats for Fido.
  4. Make use of public transport deals: Take advantage of discounted tickets, group savings, or dog-friendly travel passes.
  5. Check out last-minute deals and off-peak rates: You might find a fantastic bargain for a luxurious experience at a fraction of the cost.
  6. Be spontaneous: Sometimes, packing your bags and heading off on a whim can lead to the best trips.
  7. Visit dog-friendly museums and galleries: Soak up some culture with your canine companion without spending a fortune. Just remember to call ahead and double-check the pet policy.
  8. Explore the great outdoors: The UK boasts an abundance of breathtaking walks and hikes that are dog-friendly and completely free. Pack a picnic, grab a map, and set off on your next adventure together.
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Luxury Stays

  1. Research high-end holiday homes: Search for luxury hotels, boutique lodges, or upscale holiday homes that will welcome dogs and offer premium amenities.
  2. Pamper your pooch: Look for indulgent experiences such as dog spas, grooming services, or pet massages to ensure your dog enjoys the lap of luxury during your break.
  3. Prioritise pet-friendly services: Choose dog friendly weekends away with tailored services, such as in-room pet menus, dog walking, or dog-sitting options.
  4. Splurge on dog-friendly activities: Consider booking unique experiences, such as private dog-friendly tours, wine tastings, or pet-friendly boat trips.
  5. Dine in style with your dog: Seek out fine dining establishments that welcome dogs or have designated pet-friendly areas so you can enjoy a gourmet meal together.
  6. Utilise concierge services: Make the most of hotel concierge services to get recommendations and bookings for exclusive activities and dining experiences in the area.
  7. Take advantage of luxury transport options: Travel in style with your pet by opting for chauffeur-driven car services, private transfers, or dog-friendly luxury train journeys.
  8. Focus on quality time: Remember that indulging is the essence of a luxury dog-friendly weekend break. Enjoy the extravagant experiences and cherish the time spent together.

Activities and Attractions

Here we share some pawsome dog-friendly days out and experiences that’ll have your pooch grinning from ear to ear.

Beaches and coastal walks

There’s nothing like the feeling of sand between your toes (and paws!) as you explore the UK’s stunning coastline. From the rugged cliffs of Cornwall to the serene shores of Norfolk, there’s a coastal adventure waiting for every kind of doggo. Just remember to check local beach guidelines to ensure there’s no nasty surprises. Jump to this page and find the UK’s best dog friendly beaches and when your dog is allowed to use.

Woodland hikes and nature trails

 If you and your dog prefer to roam amongst lush greenery, then woodland hikes and nature trails are right up your alley. Delve into enchanting forests, breathe in the fresh air and let your dog sniff out exciting new scents. 

Whether you’re meandering through the walking trails in the Lakes or hiking the leafy paths of the New Forest, these outdoor excursions are a treat for all the senses.

Historic sites and gardens

History buffs and green-thumbed enthusiasts rejoice! Many historic sites and gardens across the UK welcome our four-legged friends. From the majestic ruins of Tintern Abbey to the vibrant flora of RHS Garden Wisley, you and your canine companion can soak up these charming locations’ rich heritage and beauty. Just keep your dog on a lead and follow any site-specific rules.

Outdoor adventure parks

Outdoor adventure parks are the perfect playground for those seeking a bit more adrenaline. Picture this: you and your pup zipping through treetop courses, tackling agility challenges or even trying your hand (or paw) at dog-friendly paddleboarding. With a world of adventures waiting to be discovered, you dog will love really being part of the family.

FAQ's

A dog-friendly weekend break cost varies, starting around £400 per week with deals, special offers, or late availability, increasing depending on location and amenities.

When travelling with a dog, consider these tips: pack essentials, update identification, research pet-friendly accommodation, plan breaks, and maintain a stress-reduction routine.

Good dog friendly breaks in the UK includes the Lake District, Cornwall, Norfolk, or the Scottish Highlands, offering scenic walks and pet-welcoming accommodation.

At Center Parcs, dogs must be leashed in the village but can roam free in designated dog exercise areas, which include dog bins for stress-free toilet visits.

Yes, Haven is perfect for pet friendly getaways. The holiday company offers 33 parks accepting your best friend close to stunning countryside views and coastline, allowing whole families to enjoy dog friendly short breaks.

At Butlin’s, dogs are only allowed in the Caravan Owners’ section and not onto the main resort. So we wouldn’t recommend dog-friendly breaks. Certain breeds are not accepted, as listed under the Dangerous Dogs Act.