9 Wonderfully Dog Friendly Destinations Across the UK

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The UK is awash with amazing places to take a holiday with your dog, now more than ever people are choosing to holiday at home and hundreds of new UK cottages that are dog friendly (check them out here) are coming to market every year. 

But where are the best places to holiday with your dog?

It’s tough one but the DFG team have narrowed it down to 9 amazing dog friendly destinations that not only do we love, but regular visitors of our site flock back to every year. 

Lake District

Home to Keswick; one of the UK’s most canine friendly towns. The Lake District really is a doggy paradise. There are hundreds of miles of scenic walks filled with fascinating scents to investigate, lovely beaches for them to swim, dig and run and best of all; our four-legged friends are welcome almost everywhere.

There are water-bowls in the streets, special dog menus in some of the eateries and tons of pet friendly attractions such as Whinlatter Forest Park, Windermere Lake Cruises and for something a bit different; why not head to the Lake District Sheepdog Experience at Crosthwaite. 

Cornwall

This South-West county is a popular choice for a pet friendly stay. If your pup loves the sand, there is no better place than Newquay. With more beaches than you can shake a stick at and most being dog-friendly all year round, you will be spoilt for choice. Afterwards head to Wet Dog Pizza where Fido can enjoy a special pizza and doggy beverage

More cultured canines and their owners will enjoy exploring The Newlyn Art Gallery and Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens in Penzance, both of which are dog friendly and with some of the best dog-walks in the country; Cornwall is hard to beat!

Devon

Is Devon a good choice for a dogs? Absolutely! Famous for its warm welcome to both 2-legged and 4-legged visitors Devon has plenty to shout about when it comes to pet friendly attractions and scenic walks Fido will love.

Wherever you stay here, you are never far from the beach and the good news is there are 100 which allow dogs or have restricted doggie areas, perfect for beach bums.

Explore Dartmoor National Park, The South West Coast Path or sit, enjoy a drink and watch the world go by at one of the seafront cafés in the lovely Victorian seaside resort of Torquay.

Yorkshire

Yorkshire is the largest county in the UK and by far one of the most pet friendly! The blissful surroundings, miles of open countryside and rugged coastline, make this a doggy paradise. You can explore the historic towns of Whitby and Harrogate, whilst grabbing something to eat at one of the many canine friendly pubs or explore the vast National parks which include the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors!

That’s without even mentioning some of the attractions that the family can enjoy, which include the magnificent Helmsley Castle, Ryedale Folk Museum and the majestic Whitby Abbey. Whichever you decide to do, you and your pup are certain to experience a brilliant dog holiday! For more info it’s here.

Scotland

The stunning coast and rolling countryside make Scotland a truly magical place to holiday with your pet! Take your canine companion on one of the many walking trails that run through Scotland and take a break at some of the quirkiest towns and villages you will ever encounter. You can experience the various lochs, mountains and cities which include Ben Nevis, Edinburgh and the Loch Ness.

Whether your visiting for a few days or a couple of weeks, Scotland really does have it all for the family and the pooch! Its hundreds of dog attractions make it a regular place to visit for owners and families alike.

Wales

With idyllic views and glorious open countryside, you could spend weeks of fun exploring the wonders of the Welsh valleys! There many attractions include walking along the majestic River Glaslyn, experiencing Greenwood Forest Park and if your brave enough, climbing Mount Snowdon! After all that thirsty work, there are plenty of pet friendly pubs for you and Fido to choose from for something to eat and drink.

Due to its stunning views, brilliant attractions and warm hospitality for owners and pets, Wales truly is a perfect holiday escape for the whole family!

Northumberland

Along with boasting a variety of dog friendly Northumbrian accommodation from hotels, to self-catering cottages with hot tubs, caravans and guesthouses Northumberland has something all dogs love; space to run and play.

Whether it’s on the miles of golden sands, the rugged open moorland, or Kielder Forest, with its plethora of activities your faithful friend is guaranteed a fun time.

Many of the pretty villages and market towns have water bowls in the streets and there are dozens of dog friendly restaurants and pubs. Including; The Sun Inn, Alnmouth and The Promenade in Whitburn Bay which serves Doggie Ice Cream and Woof Dog Beer.

Dorset

If you are looking for a UK break your four-legged friend will enjoy as much as you; Dorset is the pawfect location. Whether you are looking for a rural retreat, coastal getaway or city break there is tons of dog friendly accommodation in Dorset to suit all budgets.

Best of all; there are plenty of picturesque walks to enjoy and these are dotted with pets welcome pubs and restaurants where you can both stop for a drink or bite to eat.

Add to that, dozens of attractions that welcome your pooch and make no bones about it Fido will be ecstatic you booked a Dorset holiday.

Norfolk

There’s no need to leave your best friend at home when you book cottages in Norfolk. Offering tons of dog friendly places to stay, long stretches of golden sands and plenty of pawsome day’s out, it is one of the most canine-welcoming counties in the UK.

Together, you can view the glorious countryside with a trip on the Bure Valley Railway (dogs £3.50 return) sample some crab on Cromer Pier, or head to the stunning beach at Old Hunstanton which boasts miles of open sands ideal for a game of fetch. Afterwards enjoy some refreshment at one of the many dog-friendly pubs.

Whitby

This charming seaside town on the North Yorkshire Coast is the perfect place for a short break with your dog, there are plenty of pet friendly places to stay and so much to see and do.

Enjoy a morning stroll on the beach together, before heading to one of the many cafés in Whitby that allow dogs for lunch. The Rusty Shears has over 100 types of Gin and a lovely courtyard where Fido can enjoy a Doggycino

Afterwards if you’re feeling energetic you can climb the 199 steps to Whitby Abbey and in the evening, you can sip cocktails by the harbour while Fido watches the world go by.

New Forest

Over 140 miles of footpaths and trails make the New Forest one of the best places for a doggy day out, short break or holiday. There are some fantastic attractions in the New Forest too!

Why not spend the day at Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway, there are water bowls throughout the gardens themselves and you can even take a trip on a miniature steam train?

If you fancy exploring on 2 wheels, your pup doesn’t need to be left behind either as both Cyclexperience in Brockenhurst and Forest Leisure Cycling in Burley both offer dog trailers as part of their bike hire deals.

Cotswolds

Along with being one of England’s most stunning Areas of Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds boasts a wide range of canine friendly hotels, and self-catering accommodation that welcomes dogs.

The rolling hills, meandering rivers and green valleys are ideal for those who love outdoor pursuits and as walking is the most popular activity here we don’t think you’ll hear Fido complaining.

Then, there are the dog-friendly days out for you both to enjoy: From steam trains to mazes, wildlife parks to historical sites, we’re sure you and your canine companion will sniff out the best dog-friendly attractions in the Cotswolds.

Isle of Wight

A trip to the Isle of Wight will have you smiling and your dog’s tail wagging. There are forest trails, woodland hikes, blustery cliff-top trails, beach strolls in fact every type of walk your four-legged friend could wish for.

You’ll also find many cafés, pubs and eateries along the way that welcome pooches– many have water-bowls, and some even have specials for dogs on the menu.

Add to that dozens of canine friendly attractions, plus a huge variety of pet friendly accommodation and whether you have a wolfhound or a dachshund we guarantee you will have a “woofing” good time on the Isle of Wight

About DGF

Find all the best dog friendly places to stay and visit throughout the United Kingdom, our team carefully selects great accommodation that welcomes not just you but your four legged friends also, then we hook you up with al the top attractions and days out in that area.

With new adventures and properties being added all the time is any wonder dog owners return to our site time and time again.

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