The Ultimate Dog-Friendly Yorkshire Guide

Our comprehensive guide for all things “dog friendly Yorkshire”!

Yorkshire is a picturesque northern England county renowned for its rolling hills, stunning coastline, and charming towns and villages. It’s the perfect destination for four-legged friends and their owners, with many attractions, places to stay, and activities.

Whether you’re looking for a cosy cottage with a roaring log fire or a stylish hotel in the city’s heart, our guide has something for every dog owner. From the rugged beauty of the Yorkshire Dales to the lively atmosphere of Leeds and York, there are endless opportunities to explore with your furry companion.

So grab your leash and discover the best dog-friendly Yorkshire offers!

A happy dog exploring the picturesque Yorkshire countryside, showcasing the beauty and dog-friendly appeal of the region

About Yorkshire and Dogs?

Yorkshire boasts some of the most idyllic landscapes in the UK, perfect for a retreat with your dogs.

The North York Moors cover 554 sq. miles, offering plenty of moorlands for dog owners to discover.

The Yorkshire Coast is dotted with, restaurants, and cafes, making it a fabulous spot to visit.

The Dales National Park covers 841 sq. miles, providing hundreds of walking trails to enjoy with your four-legged companion.

The Yorkshire Wolds offer endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, stretching from Humber Estuary to Scarborough.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge is 24 miles long, perfect for a fit dog who loves a full day of walking.

The coastline in Yorkshire spans 90 miles, featuring beaches, rock pools, and charming towns to explore with your dog.

With over 400 pet-friendly pubs, bars, and clubs, you’ll never be short of a place to eat with your furry friend.

Yorkshire has over 40 beaches, with several welcoming pets during certain months of the year.

Delightful dog-friendly Yorkshire holiday homes

Discover a variety of delightful dog-friendly holiday homes across Yorkshire, perfect for a relaxing staycation. Options include cosy countryside cottages, such as the White Rose Cottage in Constable Burton, which boasts an enclosed garden for your furry friend to explore.

Alternatively, try the Gate Eel Farmhouse in Pately Bridge, offering spacious rooms and a large lawned garden for dogs to roam. For a more modern touch, consider Yorkshire Dales Eco-Lodges, featuring energy-efficient lodges and designated dog-walking areas.

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Paw-some beaches to unleash the fun

Yorkshire’s coastline offers many dog-friendly beaches for your canine to frolic on. Visit Hunmanby Gap, a vast sandy beach with a seasonal dog-friendly area, or discover the rugged beauty of Robin Hood’s Bay, where dogs can roam free all year round. 

For a more traditional seaside experience, head to Filey Beach, which features a designated dog zone and is perfect for long walks on the sand and dips in the sea.

Find Yorkshire’s top beaches for your dogs here.

A happy dog exploring the picturesque Yorkshire countryside, showcasing the beauty and dog-friendly appeal of the region

Tail-wagging walks in Yorkshire's countryside

Explore the stunning Yorkshire countryside with miles of tail-wagging walks for you and your pup. Venture across the picturesque North York Moors, home to dog-friendly trails like the Sutton Bank and the Hole of Horcum walks. 

Enjoy the rolling landscapes of the dog friendly Dales National Park, where you can follow the Aysgarth Falls Walk or embark on the Malham Cove Circular Walk. For a more leisurely stroll, amble along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal towpath, offering a serene escape from the hustle and bustle.

Dive into our super list of Yorkshire dog walking routes.

Cosy pubs that welcome your furry friends

After a day of exploring, unwind in one of Yorkshire’s many cosy, dog-friendly pubs. The Blacksmiths Arms in Lastingham offers a warm atmosphere, tasty pub grub, and a garden where your pets are welcome. 

For picturesque riverside views, visit The Ship Inn at Acaster Malbis, where you’ll find a spacious beer garden and water bowls for thirsty pups. The Falcon Inn in Arncliffe provides a quintessential Dale’s experience with its flagstone floors, oak beams, and traditional Yorkshire fare.

This list of Yorkshire pubs for your furry friend is not to be missed 

Attractions for you and your canine companion

Yorkshire has numerous dog-friendly attractions to entertain you and your furry friend. Enjoy a leisurely ride on the dog-friendly North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which winds through the picturesque countryside. 

Visit the ruins of Whitby Abbey, where well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome to explore the historic site. For a more adventurous day out, traverse the treetops together at Go Ape Dalby Forest, with designated dog-friendly walking routes available on the ground.

Try this guide for dog-friendly days out across Yorkshire.

Welcoming National Trust spots for dogs

Discover several National Trust properties in Yorkshire that welcome your canine companion. Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden allow dogs on leads to explore the extensive grounds and ancient ruins. 

Stroll through the enchanting woodland at Nostell Priory and Parkland, where your dog can enjoy a refreshing dip in the lake. Take advantage of Brimham Rocks, a fascinating geological site with dog-friendly paths winding through extraordinary rock formations.

Here’s the best resource for National Trusts in Yorkshire.

Unmissable destinations for dog-lovers

Yorkshire boasts a range of unmissable destinations for dog lovers. Visit the unique Murton Park Museum of Farming, which has an enormous indoor museum and animals outdoors. For a more interactive experience, head to the K9 Pursuits Dog Activity Centre in Richmond, offering agility courses, flyball, and scent work classes.

Dog-friendly events and festivals

Yorkshire hosts numerous dog-friendly events and festivals throughout the year for you and your canine companion to enjoy. The annual Bark in the Park in Skipton Castle Woods features fun-filled activities, dog shows, and charity stalls. 

Take advantage of the DogFest, a dog-friendly event offering activities, talks from canine experts and training tips. Head to the Leeds Dog Show & Fun Day with merchandise, accessories and a tombola, with the money going to charities.

Dog Friendly Museums

Yorkshire is home to several dog-friendly museums. The Yorkshire Air Museum in Elvington welcomes well-behaved dogs on leads as you explore one of the largest aviation museums in the UK. Visit the Ryedale Folk Museum in Hutton-le-Hole, an open-air museum with various exhibits showcasing rural life, where dogs are allowed in the outdoor spaces. 

The National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield offers dog-friendly woodland trails on the museum’s grounds, although dogs are not allowed underground or in indoor exhibits.

Pet-friendly shopping experiences

Enjoy a pet-friendly shopping experience in Yorkshire at various shopping centres and independent boutiques. Scarborough Town Centre offers dog-friendly shopping, with many stores allowing well-behaved dogs on leads. 

In Malton, visit the Yorkshire Wolds Apple Juice Co, where you can try a variety of drinks, and they welcome four-legged friends. For a unique shopping experience, explore The Shambles in York, where you’ll find a range of pet-friendly independent retailers.

Canine-friendly cafes and eateries

Treat yourself and your furry friend to a meal at one of Yorkshire’s many canine-friendly cafes and eateries. Indulge in a delicious breakfast or lunch at the dog-friendly Fodder Café in Harrogate, complete with a designated doggy dining area. 

Visit the Rusty Shears Gin and Tea Garden in Whitby, where dogs are welcome in the tea garden and indoor seating areas. Stop by The Potting Shed Café in Scarborough for a tasty treat, offering dog biscuits and water bowls for your four-legged friend.

Off-leash dog parks and play areas

Yorkshire boasts a variety of off-leash dog parks and play areas for your pup to burn off energy. In Leeds, visit Roundhay Park, featuring a spacious dog exercise area and stunning woodland walks. 

Sheffield’s Rivelin Valley Park provides a secure, off-leash dog area and scenic walking paths beside the river. In York, enjoy the vast open spaces of Hob Moor, a local nature reserve perfect for off-leash play and wildlife spotting.

We have an in depth list of dog friendly gardens and parks across Yorkshire where pet owners should visit.

Emergency pet care and dog-friendly vets

Ensure peace of mind during your stay in Yorkshire by familiarising yourself with local emergency pet care and dog-friendly vets. 

Abbey House Veterinary Hospital in Morley offers 24-hour emergency services, while the Tower Wood Veterinary Group in Apperley Bridge provides a comprehensive range of veterinary care for your canine companion. In York, visit Minster Veterinary Practice, offering high-quality care and a dedicated out-of-hours emergency service.

Where Next?

Our guide provides everything you need to plan the perfect adventure for you and your four-legged friend. From charming accommodation to delightful eateries, this guide ensures that both you and your canine companion will be pampered and entertained throughout your stay.


Can dog's go on the Pickering steam train?

Yes, dogs can go on the Pickering steam train, but they are not allowed on certain dining trains and some special events.

Are dogs allowed in Dalby Forest?

Yes, dogs are allowed in Dalby Forest, with plenty of trails to enjoy lasting a few hours.

Can dogs go to Knaresborough Castle?

Yes, you can take your dog to Knaresborough Castle if they are on a lead; they are allowed in all areas of this tourist attraction.