7 Top Dog Friendly Weymouth Attractions & Days Out Across The Seaside
The Best Places To Take Dogs in Weymouth
Weymouth has a long list of things to do with your dog. You’ll see people with man’s best friend at their side everywhere you go due to the vast range of dog friendly days out in Weymouth.
There’s an area of the beach where you can take them to run and you can hike together along the coastal path for miles. For history buffs, take a trip over to the Isle of Portland, the castle here dates back to Henry VIII.
Built as a sea defence, it’s not the prettiest of buildings but it has plenty of fascinating tales to tell and doggies are permitted inside. Why not check out our top 7 dog friendly attractions in Weymouth:
Activities & Things to Do
Find below 7 of the best days out in Weymouth for dogs
1. Play On The Beach With Your Doggy
Weymouth boasts a popular sandy beach where families go to have fun. There are restrictions in place for dogs from May to September but the rest of the time pooches can walk along the beach with their owners. To have fun together any day of the year, head to the northern end of Weymouth and spend the day at Bowleaze Cove. It’s a great beach for anglers as there’s a short pier, and a café serves up refreshments too.
2. Wander The Rodwell Trail
A disused railway has been transformed into a pleasant 3.4km trail that dog-walkers, cyclists and joggers enjoy. It starts in the centre of Weymouth and takes you down to Ferry Bridge. It’s a scenic route that is flat and very comfortable to stroll along – pushing a buggy is easy if you have little ones in tow. Sections of the trail run beside the sea with wide views along the coast.
3. Take A Look Around Sandsfoot Castle
Found along the Rodwell Trail and on the edge of the sea at Weymouth, Sandsfoot Castle was built in the 16th century to help protect Portland Harbour. The remaining ruins are great to wander around with the dog, and with information boards explaining all the area’s history, it’s an interesting site to explore. The gardens surrounding it are immaculately kept – sit for a while here and enjoy the spectacular view.
4. Tour Nothe Fort
Nothe Fort is a fascinating building erected by the Victorians in the 19th century. It has been restored and now houses an exhibition, museum, bunker, guns and ramparts. There’s enough to keep young and old enthralled for several hours, and the on-site café comes with rave reviews. Dogs are welcome to look around inside and out so there’s no need to leave Rover at home.
5. Explore Chesil Beach
Chesil Beach is a natural bank of pebbles that has created the Fleet Lagoon behind it. The beach runs for 29 km, is 200 m wide and an important area for wildlife. This unusual spit of land is a nice place to explore with the dog – with the sea on one side and the lagoon on the other. Wrap up warm and it’s great in winter – popular with outdoor lovers all year round.
6. Enjoy Greenhill Gardens With Your Dog
To one end of the esplanade in Weymouth there’s a pretty park called Greenhill Gardens. It’s perfect for sitting in when the rest of the prom gets too busy. Planted with colourful flowers and interesting foliage, it offers a relaxing little haven. A pitch and putt course, ice-cream kiosk and bowling green can be found in these gardens too – traditional British seaside facilities that we all know and love.
7. Stand At Portland Bill
The Isle of Portland is accessed at Weymouth. Famous for its water sports facilities, at the southern tip of Portland there’s a lighthouse to visit. Stand at the edge and look down, you can see the waves crashing dramatically against the rocks. Photographers come here in their hundreds, lining up the perfect shot of the landscape. You can take your pooch for a wander around the area – it’s a spectacular sight to see.
Looking for Somewhere To Stay?
If you plan a trip or a little mini-break in Weymouth with dogs, then we have put together some of our best places to stay.