Dog friendly days out around the UK

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Posted by Emma on 25th May 2017

Dog-friendly days out in the UK

Your dog loves a holiday as much as you do and across the UK there are plenty of dog-friendly attractions, pubs and days out so he doesn’t have to be bored.

Of course, there are numerous country parks, nature reserves, woodlands, moorlands and beaches offering wide open spaces for your dog to run around in, but where else can you take your pooch?

Here are a few of our favourites from around the country. You can also search our dog-friendly holiday cottages to find the perfect base for your holiday.

Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

As one of Somerset’s most famous family attractions, it’s a bonus to learn that it is also dog-friendly! Your pooch can stroll around the gorge, through the caves and he can even learn a thing or two in the museum. Cheddar Gorge offers magnificent views and with loads to see, discover and do, you are guaranteed a great family day out.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

Not only this is attraction great for your dog, but it is definitely a family-friendly choice too. Your children will love discovering all the fascinating animals here, with everything from lions, giraffes and monkeys to intriguing reptiles of all shapes and sizes. As long as your pooch is kept on a lead and behaves himself, this is a day out he can make the most of too. The only restrictions are that he’s not allowed to enter the Bat Belfry, Reptile House or the Children’s Farmyard where other animals may be wandering freely.

Pembroke Castle, Wales

Team a slice of intriguing history with a great day out during you Wales holiday. Pembroke Castle offers magnificent views from the 75ft Great Keep as well as a maze of passageways and towers to explore at your leisure. Although dogs are not allowed inside the café or gift shop, there are extensive stunning grounds where he can stretch his legs. It’s the perfect opportunity to pack a picnic and make the most of the great outdoors.

Windermere Lake Cruises, Cumbria

There are so many different cruises you can embark on that you will be sure to see all the sights and it’s a really nice thing to do during a romantic holiday. Your dog can travel free with you so he can take it all in too. Whether you depart from Bownes, Ambleside or Lakeside, you are guaranteed to take in some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK. To save money and enjoy a full day on the water, you could combine several different cruises.

Yearlstone Vineyard, Devon

Fancy an elegant day out tasting Devonshire wine somewhere that your dog can roam free and enjoy the countryside too? Yearlstone Vineyard is found in a beautiful Devon valley near the quaint village of Bickleigh and on the outskirts of the market town of Tiverton. Not only are the owners happy to welcome dogs but their own four-legged friends are usually found strolling the grounds, relaxing in hedgerows and greeting visitors. Guests are more than welcome to let their dogs off the lead to wander around vineyard, taking in the smells with the resident dogs and they can also relax on the patio outside the restaurant while you have your lunch.

Keighley and Worth Valley Railways, Yorkshire

Step back in time with the famous Railway Children and experience and learn about this historic railway and its powerful engines. Trips run throughout the year but in June, July and August Vintage Train Sundays take place on selected weekends which give you the chance to travel on restored carriages which are part of the Railway’s museum, many of which date back to Victorian times. This dog-friendly attraction means that your four-legged friend doesn’t have to miss out and together you can enjoy a family day out exploring the beautiful country of famous novelist Charlotte Brontë.

Lulworth Castle, Dorset

This impressive estate dates back to the 17th century and today provides a fantastic insight into its history as a hunting lodge. It’s a great day out for the whole family – including your dog. Although he can’t go inside the castle, he’s free to roam the extensive grounds where you will find plenty of beautiful picnic spots, woodland walks and a children’s play area. Only a few miles from the Jurassic coast, Lulworth Cove is easily accessed and conveniently this remains a dog-friendly beach year-round.

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Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.