When you first said you were getting a dog, chances are at least one naysayer asked, “But what are you going to do when you go on holiday?”. That’s easy: take your canine buddy with you, of course!
There’s nothing better than exploring the most beautiful parts of Britain with your best friend by your side. Whether you enjoy tearing up and down beaches together, bounding through forests or supping a pint in a nice dog-friendly pub, we’ve found some great suggestions for places to take your pooch for a day out.
Just pop your postcode into our Dog Days Out tool, select the type of location you’re looking for and how far you’re willing to travel, then hit “Fetch!” to see recommendations from other dog owners, as well as tips to make your day out more enjoyable.
Then, once you’ve finished your hike (or pint), why not spend the night in a hotel or holiday home that will welcome both you and your canine companion with open arms?
Here are a few suggestions of places we’ve found around the UK:
Goodwood Hotel, West Sussex
Though Goodwood is probably more readily associated with four legs of a larger kind, the Goodwood Hotel is a country retreat where dogs are, literally, the top dogs.
Gastronomic dog treats are on offer, dogs are permitted in the bedrooms and dining room, and the hotel even has a map of the best dog walks around the surrounding estate.
Regular guests can join the hotel’s kennels club, ensuring a personal bowl is kept on hand for your dog when you return. Just the ticket if you’re someone looking for a regular haunt for your holidays with your dogs.
Hotel Endsleigh, Devon
Tavistock’s Hotel Endsleigh, owned by Channel 5’s Hotel Inspector, is a haven for dogs and owners alike.
Forget tech – these rooms don’t have Wi-Fi or TVs – and allow the modern world to slip away as you sink into the hotel’s Regency charm.
There are organic treats and bed and bowl combos on offer for your dog, and if you have a human companion, bring them along too, as this is one of the most romantic destinations on our list.
Forest Side, Cumbria
The stunning Gothic Forest Side mansion in the Lake District is the perfect place to escape from the rat race. Six of the hotel’s rooms are dog-friendly, and upon arrival your furry friend will be made welcome with two dog bowls, a bed and some tasty treats.
Once settled into your secluded base, you can explore the stunning surrounding countryside, or enjoy some of chef Kevin Tickle’s Michelin-starred food.
National Trust Holiday Cottages, Cornwall
If you’re looking for a dog-friendly holiday that will also help maintain and restore some of the UK’s most beautiful buildings and landscapes, then National Trust Holiday Cottages are a must.
They have rentals all over the UK, but for somewhere that will make you and your dog feel like you’re in paradise, Cornwall is tough to beat. Dog walks don’t get much better than along the Cornish coast, especially if you plan to stop off in the county’s many picturesque villages with their charming pubs and tearooms.
Blue Hills, Cornwall
Dog-friendly caravan parks aren’t exactly hard to find in the UK but Blue Hills takes it to another level. It was the Kennel Club’s Be Dog Friendly pick for Best Dog-Friendly Caravanning & Campsite in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Located on the St Agnes Heritage Coast in Cornwall, Blue Hills is a perfect base for exploring this World Heritage Site, offering all the amenities and activities a caravaner/camper with a dog could want.
Widget’s Farm, Somerset
Widget’s Farm’s main business is dog training, behaviour and daycare, but their ace in the hole is their pod - it's secluded in its own meadow, surrounded by a fence high enough to stop your dog going for walkies on its own, and with the kind of attention to detail that puts the “glam” in glamping.
Five minutes’ walk away is the dog-friendly Bell Pub and it’s only a 25-minute drive out of Bath.
It’s another Kennel Club winner, this time for Best Hotel/Place to Stay 2016, a further stamp of approval that this is somewhere your canine friend will love as much as you do.
Just across the Scottish border is Kelso, the Kennel Club’s most dog-friendly town in the UK 2016. It’s just north of Northumberland National Park, has a wealth of dog-friendly hotels, including the stunning Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course and The Old Priory.
Sir Walter Scott called the beautiful market town the “most romantic town in Scotland”, but don’t take his word for it. Gather up your human and canine companions and find out for yourself.