Dog friendly places to visit in the UK

Pets, just like their owners, need a change of scenery from time to time. So why wait for a dog friendly holiday? Pack your dog’s toys, put your suitcases in the car boot and hit the road! We’ve picked our favourite dog-friendly hotels to stay in the UK and some fun activities to do while you're there.

Goodwood Hotel, West Sussex

At The Goodwood Hotel, tasty treats are available on request and the hotel provides an amazing map with great dog-friendly walks in the area. Your dog has access to the hotel dining room and can sleep in your room. It’s a dog’s life!

What to do in West Sussex?

Cowdray Park is a green haven for your dog – lots of things to sniff, fresh air and space to run. The park is home to a resident herd of young bullocks from May to October; we've heard they don’t mind sharing it with a well-mannered dog on a lead! Vintage fan?

Go and have a look at the Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre. You’ll learn all about Britain’s old railways and our industrial past.

And not forgetting the rolling hills of the South Downs with miles of walks and stunning countryside for you and your dog to explore.

 

The William Cecil at Stamford, Lincolnshire

 

The The William Cecil hotel is cosy and has very good dining options. Make sure you ask for the VIP (Very Important Pet) menu for your dog to enjoy a treat. Why not make the comfortable bar and lovely rooms your home for a few days.

What to do in Lincolnshire?

Wyevale Garden Centre covers 20 acres and carries an exceptional range of British-grown gardening stock.

If you want to take home some lovely (and dog-friendly) flower bulbs for your garden, this place is a must-visit! Dogs are welcome on leads.

Take look at our Pet safe garden - A to Z safe plants article for more advice. If the weather looks nice you can go visit Burgh Castle.

The imposing stone walls and towers for catapults date back to the 3rd Century. You’ll also enjoy a panoramic view over Breydon Water, the UK’s largest protected wetland.

 

Trigony House Hotel, Dumfries & Galloway

 

Your dog will receive a welcome pack when arriving at Trigony House Hotel, which includes gourmet dog treats and a welcome note from Kit & Roxy, the other four-legged residents.

The hotel is located in stunning countryside with plenty of places to explore on your walks.

What to do in Dumfries & Galloway? 

There’s more to Scotland than just the Highlands! The region of Dumfries and Galloway has some breathtaking dog friendly beaches and endless walking opportunities.

Visit the beautiful Nith Valley, the Galloway Forest Park or Sandhills Beach. Your family and your dog will love this unspoilt natural landscape.

 

Cholmondeley Arms, Cheshire

 

Does an inn house in a former Victorian schoolhouse sound like a plan? Then hit the road, towards the Cholmondeley Arms.

Your friend will be able to taste dog beer (non-alcoholic and made from beef stock) while you enjoy one of the 200 varieties of delicious gin.

What to do in Cheshire?

The Chester Roman Amphitheatre was built for entertainment and military training between 70 and 80 AD. Discovered in the 1920s, the site is now open to the public and dogs are welcome when kept on a lead.

You can also stroll around the Cheshire countryside, renowned for its wild beauty, or visit Mitchell’s Fold, a Bronze Age stone circle.

 

The Grosvenor Arms, Dorset


The hotel sits in the heart of a green welly country, ideal for long walks! The Grosvenor Arms is famous for its lovely courtyard and delicious wood-fired pizza. Your dog will also be treated to their own menu!

What to do in Dorset?

Explore the open heathland and pine woodlands of Wareham Forest which is also home to Morden Bog Nature Reserve, one of the largest valley mire (wet ground) habitats in England.

You can walk or cycle there, the park has some designated picnic areas and well-behaved dogs are allowed to be off lead. You can also visit Clouds Hill, the cottage of T.E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) where your dog will be welcome as long as they’re on a lead.

Make sure you follow in the footsteps of Lawrence and head to the top of the hill overlooking the cottage to sit and take in the view.

 

Overwater Hall, Lake District

 

If you fancy taking your dog away but also having some time apart from your friend then Overwater Hall is a destination you should definitely consider as they offer a dog-sitting service.

This 18th-century country house offers unpretentious luxury and genuinely warm hospitality for both you and your dog who's allowed to stay in your room.

What to do in the Lake District?

The hotel itself is set in 18 acres of grounds and throughout the stunning Lake District there are countless walks to climb mountains or visit lakes and rivers together.

You could discover Castlerigg stone circle, built between 3,000 and 900 BC. If you fancy a boat ride head to Ullswater Steamers, near Glenridding, where you can take a trip across the second largest lake in the area. For both activities, dogs are welcome on leads.

 

The Devonshire Arms, Yorkshire Dales

 

This stunning spot near Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales is about as dog-friendly as it gets. Dogs have their very own lounge at The Devonshire Arms – humans are free to use it too!

On arrival, your friend will be presented with a dog bed, water bowl and a selection of tasty treats. They’re looked after just as well as the humans; perfect if you think your dog deserves a bit of pampering.

What to do in the Yorkshire Dales?

There is a lovely river walk to Bolton Abbey that is an absolute must, as well as a dog-friendly beach near the hotel.

If your dog is partial to a bit of running then hiring a bike and cycling across the Three Peaks with your friend is a great experience that’ll certainly get the blood pumping.

 

The Milestone Hotel, London

 

This gorgeous hotel, The Milestone in the heart of Kensington has a dedicated Pet Concierge and on arrival your dog will be presented with a hamper full of treats, including a Milestone collar tag and enough toys to keep them occupied for your entire stay.

Dogs also receive a special welcome letter with tips for travelling around London and details of pet-friendly places to visit in and around the city.

If that wasn't enough, there is also a special pet menu and the hotel can even arrange a special bedtime treat for your friend.

What to do in London?

What can’t you do in London would be a more fitting question. There are a number of stunning parks to explore from Hampstead Heath to Richmond Park in the suburbs and Hyde Park and Regents Park in the centre of town.

You’ll find plenty of restaurants and pubs that are more than happy to accommodate your pet while you chow down on some of the country’s finest cuisine.

 

Babington House, Somerset

 

A stunning Georgian property located in 18 acres, Babington House has a library, orangery, cinema, tennis courts and swimming pools in its ground.

Best of all, it’s completely dog-friendly. Your friend will be able to roam around the grounds and join you in your room after a long day of activities and relaxation.

What to do in Somerset?

In a county of wide open spaces, steeped in culture and history, there are so many things to do in Somerset that you'll find yourself spoilt for choice.

Whether you fancy a trip to historic Glastonbury or the peace and quiet of the mild moors and Exmoor National Park, you and your dog will certainly find an activity you both enjoy.

That's assuming you even want to leave the stunning surroundings of Babington House.

 

Peterstone Court, Wales

 

This elegant Georgian country house hotel is set in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Peterstone Court is quite small with only 12 rooms and suites, but everything is designed for you and your dog’s comfort.

Dogs are welcome in your room so your whole family can enjoy this peaceful refuge.

What to do in Wales?

If you and your dog are interested in exploring the depths of the earth, you can go to Dan-Yr-Ogof, the National Showcaves Centre for Wales. You will need to bring along some doggy bags in case of any ‘accidents.’

If you'd rather do an outdoor activity, why not visit Arthur’s Stone – a Neolithic chambered tomb that has been here since 3,000 BC. Dogs are welcome on leads on both sites.

First published: 2 June 2016

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