Dog-friendly days out around the UK

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Posted by Emma on 12th March 2020

Dog friendly days out around 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 no pup needs get left behind.

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 faithful friend?

We've gathered together a few of our favourite places to visit from around the country to get your started. Click the button below to begin browsing our dog-friendly holiday cottages or read on and discover places to go to inspire your next dog-friendly holiday. 

Paw-friendly UK cottages

Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar Gorge

As one of Somerset’s most famous family attractions, it’s a bonus to learn that Cheddar Gorge 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.

Location: BS27 3QA

Information: There are pay and display car parks in the village, dogs welcome and picnic areas at Cheddar Gorge, and a wheelchair-friendly information point, although many of the paths are steep and may be difficult for anyone with limited mobility. 

Dog-friendly Somerset

Cotswold Wildlife Park

Not only is the Cotswold Wildlife Park an attraction that's 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.

Location: OX18 4JP

Information: Facilities include The Oak Tree Restaurant, a variety of kiosks and picnic spots, toilets and a gift shop. There's a narrow-gauge railway that runs during the summer, and an Adventure Playground and Skymaze too. 

Dog-friendly Cotswold

Pembroke Castle

Pembroke Castle

Team a slice of intriguing history with a great day out during a 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.

Location: SA71 4LA

Information: A brass rubbing centre, shop and café. Parking on The Common next to the Tourist Information Centre. 

Dog-friendly Wales

Windermere Lake Cruises

There are so many different cruises you can embark on that you will be sure to see all the sights when you hop aboard a cruise with Windermere Lake Cruises and it’s a really fun thing to do during a romantic or family 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.

Location: Bowness Pier LA23 3HQ, Ambleside Pier (Waterhead) LA22 0EY, Lakeside Pier LA12 8AS

Information: The ferries depart from three piers around Windermere, each with a long stay car park nearby. 

Dog-friendly Cumbria

Yearlstone Vineyard

Yearlstone Vineyard

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 the 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.

Location: EX16 8RL

Information: Cafe, shop and car parking. 

Dog-friendly Devon

Keighley and Worth Valley Railways

Step back in time in Yorkshire with the famous Railway Children to experience and learn about Keighly and Worth Valley Railways' 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.

Location: BD22 8NJ

Information: Most KWVR services can carry manual or powered wheelchairs. Old Parcels Office is a cafe at the Keighley station and there are food buffets and toilets on some trains. 

Dog-friendly Yorkshire

Lulworth Castle

The impressive estate of Lulworth Castle in Dorset 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 your pup can’t go inside the castle, dogs are 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.

Location: BH20 5QS

Information: The Castle Tearoom, parkland, woodland walks, a children’s playground, and picnic areas. Much of the site is accessible to wheelchair users but check their accessibility information for more. Please keep dogs on a lead as you explore the grounds. 

Dog-friendly Dorset

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Paw-friendly cottages 

Find your perfect dog-friendly holiday cottage in the UK in our wide selection of accommodation. All across the UK, we have a wonderful range of cottages that welcome dogs and their owners offering special extras like enclosed gardens for pups to potter about in, unforgettable dog-walking trails on the doorstep, and wood burners for cosy evenings curled up in front of the fire. 

From hot tub cottages to luxury lodges, you'll soon find your perfect dog-friendly retreat within our collection. Begin planning your holiday today. 

Dog-friendly UK cottages

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.