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The Best UK Dog Friendly Days Out, Attractions and Activities

Finding things to do with the family sometimes seems like a hard enough task, but trying to find great days out for dogs is even harder. Here at DFG we are committed to unearthing all the top dog-friendly attractions and things to do with pets from around the UK. Below are hundreds of dog friendly days out, these great places range from National Trust parks to English heritage sites, pack a bag, get the water bowls ready and head off for a fun family day with your canine companions.

Dog Friendly Places Your Four-Legged Friends Will Love

Browse the links below, from North Yorkshire to the West Midlands and Lake District you can rest assured we will have a dog friendly day out to suit you. They have been checked and double-checked to ensure they all welcome dogs, more than one dog may require a quick email to check.

If your looking to take your four-legged friends on holiday, then our huge selection of dog friendly properties covers everywhere from Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire right down to Cornwall, Somerset and Devon. Amazing countryside, woodland walks and area’s of outstanding natural beauty your pooch will love are guaranteed.

1) Lake District

Dog loving families come from all the country to experience the magic of the lakes, Scenic walks, beautiful gardens to explore and tons of dog friendly pubs, make the north west of England a paradise for you and your best friend.

2)Windermere

Whether you are cruising on the lake, strolling through a pretty kitchen garden, climbing hills or enjoying a hearty meal at one of the many pubs that welcome dogs in the area. Windermere will steal your heart

3)Troutbeck

A picturesque market town in the heart of the Lake District – Troutbeck is the perfect base to explore the area and there are a multitude of places that welcome dogs nearby including many of the local pubs

4) Yorkshire

Dogs are welcome at attractions throughout this stunning county. Hike across the Yorkshire Dales, frolic on one of the dozens of dog friendly beaches that North Yorkshire has to offer or visit historic sites such as Scarborough Castle

5) Scarborough

A North Yorkshire gem, if you walk through Scarborough town centre you will see dogs of all shapes and sizes, the reason? Scarborough is a fantastic destination for a “pawsome” holiday with your pooch.

6) Whitby

The North Yorkshire coastline is doggy heaven and Whitby is no exception t with miles of sandy beaches, castle grounds, National Trust owned buildings and acres of open countryside for your dog to investigate nearby.

7) Northumberland

Dogs and their owners will love exploring the coast and countryside of this historic county. Over 30 beaches, most of which welcome dogs all year round, and a National Park covering over 400 square miles are just 2 of the reasons to visit.

8) Newcastle

You may be surprised to find out that this vibrant northern city has lots of places to offer dog owners who come on a mini break. From strolling along the quayside to nearby beaches and historic sites. Come see for yourself

9) Cornwall

With its hundreds of dog friendly holiday cottages and many attractions, Cornwall needs no introduction when it comes to dog friendly days out. You and your pooch will be spoilt for choice.

10) The Peak District

National Trust gardens, quaint towns and mile upon mile of open countryside make the peak district a great place to visit with your pooch. A must visit are the beautiful grounds of Chatsworth House (dogs must be kept on short leads)

11) Cumbria

One of the most popular places in the UK for dog-friendly days out. Cumbria is fun for the whole family. Boat trips, Steam trains, strolling around Castles with huge grounds, woodland walks and beach-combing are just a few suggestions

12) Wales

Over 200 miles of coastal trails for your best friend to discover, Snowdonia National Park with its rugged mountains. Add to that magical castles and delightful gardens where dogs are welcome, need I say more!

13) Devon

The list of places where dogs are welcome in Devon is endless, take a ride on a steam train, or check out the fascinating history of this beautiful county with a day trip to Bygones where well-behaved dogs are welcome

14) Torquay

Holiday makers flock to the English Riviera every summer and when you look at all the attractions near Torquay such as Bygones and the Seaton Tramway which also welcome your dog it’s easy to see why

15) Somerset

Boasting plenty of places for you and your canine companion to explore, without doubt Cheddar Gorge is the highlight and the nearby town has cafés serving hot drinks and fresh drinking water for Fido.

16) Scotland

Your four legged friend will be in heaven if you book a break in Scotland. There are hundreds of dog friendly places to enjoy. The Cairngorms are a dog walkers paradise, you can even go monster hunting with a cruise on Loch Ness

17) Aviemore

If you’re an active dog owner then Aviemore is the place for you and after a day of adventure messing about on the water or climbing mountains you can relax at the Bothy Bar where Fido can join you for a well deserved drink

18) Dundee

Traverse the Tay Estuary or spend an afternoon strolling round the People’s Park in the Centre of Dundee, whatever your pleasure you will be sure to find it nearby this cosmopolitan Scottish city of discovery

19) Northern Highlands

Want to get away from it all? The Northern Highlands could be the perfect place to stay with your dog. Everywhere you look are incredible views and you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to highland walks

20) Inverness

Mysterious Lochs, pine forests and mist clad mountains right on the doorstep plus the infamous Scottish hospitality is there any wonder Inverness welcomes thousands of dogs and their owners every year.

21) Isle of Wight

Are dogs welcome on the Isle of Wight? Most definitely. With its sunny weather, beaches galore and lots of pretty holiday cottages which allow dogs, its the perfect pet-friendly destination.

22) The Cotswolds

Dogs love a good walk and there are plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs in the Cotswolds. Explore the Cotswolds Water Park – a beautiful place for water loving pooches to play and have fun too.

23) Norfolk

Talking of water, Norfolk with its miles of broads and pretty coastline is another county where dogs are welcome at all sorts of attractions. Spend time at the site of a 12th century fortification at Castle Acre or hire a boat for a leisurely cruise

24) Dorset

Booked a holiday cottage in Dorset? Then you and your four legged friend are in for a treat. From the National Trust owned Corfe Castle with its outdoor play area for kids and open spaces, to Fossil hunting. there is countless things to do and see.

25) Bournemouth

Relax on the beach, cruise round Poole harbour, explore the National trust houses and picturesque gardens in the vicinity. Bournemouth and the surrounding area boasts loads of days out your dog will enjoy.

26) Weymouth

Mans best friend will be wagging his tail in delight if you book a holiday in Weymouth. Wander along the Rodwell trail which being flat is pushchair and wheelchair friendly or take a selfie together at the iconic Portland Bill lighthouse

27) Hampshire

Discover English Heritage at its finest when you book a staycation in Hampshire. There are dozens of attractions that welcome friendly dogs and miles of countryside for dog lovers and their hounds to explore.

28) Staffordshire

Did you know that Staffordshire boasts the most canal mileage in the country? Ideal for a leisurely walk then and as much of the county is an AONB there are plenty of quaint villages and pretty market towns to explore with your furbaby

29) Warwickshire

“The little dogs and all, Tray, Blanch, and Sweetheart—see, they bark at me.” William Shakespeare. You can discover much more about the famous bard in the county of his birth, The pretty villages along River Avon are also a delight.

30) Cheshire

Home to the UK’s oldest sporting venue Chester racecourse, Cheshire has scores of days out for both humans and dogs to enjoy. Delamare Forest with its new visitor centre is a peaceful oasis for a long woodland walk.

31) Nottinghamshire

Robin Hood’s county has more things for dogs to enjoy than you can shake a stick at, with miles of forest trails and gorgeous gardens, including the pretty walled gardens at Clumber Park to explore.

32) Leicestershire

Nestled in the heart of England, Leicestershire boasts some fantastic dog friendly attractions including Ulverscroft Nature reserve, owned by the National Trust this is a lovely day out (dogs must be kept on lead)

33) Gloucestershire

If idyllic woodland walks and beautiful countryside are your thing, there is no better place to enjoy the great outdoors. Spend a day at Robinswood Hill, this 250 acre country park offers plenty of space to play off lead with spectacular views

34) Essex

You will be surprised at the amount of pet friendly attractions in Essex. The Saffron Trail boasts over 70 miles of country walks, whilst some of the beaches like the dunes at Thorney Bay allow dogs off lead so they can splash in the shallows

35) Suffolk

Pretty thatched cottages and rolling countryside make this picturesque county a sure fire hit when it comes to pooch friendly holiday destinations. Stroll through the grounds at Framlingham castle or relax on one of the many beaches.

36) Kent

The garden of England offers a wide variety of days out for you and your canine companion. From messing about on the river to strolling around the grounds of Hever Castle, former residents include Anne Boleyn. there is plenty to do and see

37) Sussex

Dogs are welcomed with open arms across this county from the Bluebell Line Railway in East Sussex to Borde Hill Gardens and Park in the west, though they do need to be kept under control and on a lead.

38) Brighton

The shining star of the South coast Brighton is a popular resort for Londoners to escape to and if they bring their canine companions they won’t be disappointed lots of the cafés allow a well behaved dog and there are countless walks and things to do close by.

39) Lancashire

Is there a county as diverse as Lancashire, with its industrial heritage, national trust country houses, glorious gardens and scenery that will take your breath away? Best of all there are countless dog friendly days out to enjoy

40) Blackpool

For hundreds of years, Blackpool has seen thousands of visitors flock there in the summer months. but did you know Rover can have just as good a time here too with scores of places to discover which welcome dogs with open arms.

41) Derbyshire

Encompassing part of the Peak District National Park and dotted with picturesque villages offering fantastic places to eat and drink, many of which allow well behaved dogs. Derbyshire is a hot spot for holidays with your hound

42) Shropshire

Picnics in the woods, the impressive Ironbridge Gorge, Castles, extraordinary gardens and breathtaking vistas. Shropshire offers dog owners the chance to do as much or as little as they please

43) Surrey

On the south coast not too far from London. Surrey gets plenty of sunshine and you can top up your tan visiting the multitude of attractions that welcome your dog, from formal gardens and handsome stately homes to rolling downs Surrey really does have it all.

44) Worcestershire

Situated in the West Midlands and boasting vast expanses of rural countryside Two of the top attractions here are the Worcestershire Avoncroft Museum and the Wyre Forest Discovery Centre with dog wash and pooch-friendly café.

45) Cambridgeshire

When someone mentions Cambridgeshire you might think of punting down the river or exploring ancient university towns, but did you know there are tons of places to explore with your dog too, one of the best being Milton Country Park.

46) The Midlands

From Sutton Park Nature Reserve in the West Midlands to Skegness in the east. You’ll be surprised how many places there is for you and your dog to enjoy so close to some of the biggest cities in the country.

47) Lincolnshire

This county is full of hidden gems and many of them welcome dogs. With an AONB The Lincolnshire Wolds offering walks to suit everyone and plenty of beaches to play on, Fido will be definitely be wagging his tail.

FAQ's from dog owners

Dog Bins and Wildlife

Please note: wherever you take your pet it is important to remember a supply of poo bags and dispose of any waste in the dog bins provided.

There are also times your dog needs to be on a lead and closely controlled, this may be due to restrictions or dangerous clifftop walks. Always be aware of ground-nesting birds, free-roaming deer and especially farm animals, when you are out walking with your dog.

Last Word

It’s true that a dogs day out requires a bit of planning and research, but we feel it’s 100% worth it when you see the fun your pooch can have, spending the day in an environment that caters for dogs is way better than being stuck on the lead all day. Trust us your best friend will appreciate the effort you have went to.

Whether you are looking for different dog walks near your home or planning a trip then be sure to check out our things to do in the UK with dogs page.

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