The top dog-friendly beaches in Wales

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Posted by Hannah Jury on 25th January 2022

Dog-friendly beaches in Wales

If you're planning holiday with your hound to Wales this summer, no doubt you'll be visiting the country's many beautiful beaches - and your dog will be keen to join you! 

From the tip of Anglesey to the toes of Pembrokeshire, there are some fantastic dog-friendly beaches in Wales. All of our top beaches in Wales that allow dogs have no restrictions at all, meaning that even during the summer months you and your dog can splash in the sea and fetch sticks on the sand! Read all about our favourite walks along the Wales Coast Path, or check out our favourite dog-friendly days out across Wales

Click the button below to start browsing our dog-friendly cottages in Wales, or read on for our full guide to the best dog-friendly beaches in Wales. 

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Dog-friendly beaches in Mid and West Wales

Cei BachCei Bach credit: Instagram @darceyandleothesupermutts

Little Quay (Cei Bach), Ceredigion

Around a mile and a half west of New Quay and just up the road from Aberaeron, Little Quay is a quiet and sheltered dog-friendly beach in West Wales made up of sand and shingle. Be sure to visit in time for the spectacular sunsets, and dolphins and seals can even be spotted from the shore.

Local info: Road parking on the way to the beach. WCs available.

Dog restrictions: Welcome all year round.

Stay nearby: Bosuns Loft New Quay, New Quay | sleeps 2 + 2 dogs

Check out this list of our favourite dog-friendly pubs throughout Wales so you can dine with your whole pack on holiday.

Broad Haven South

Broad Haven (South), Pembrokeshire

This is a beautiful flat beach surrounded by a rugged coastline in a remote spot close to the Pembrokeshire villages of Bosherston and Stackpole. There are plenty of pretty walks along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path around the local area. The water is safe and clean although be aware that there is no lifeguard service. This beach is recommended by the Marine Conservation Society.

Local info: National Trust car park with WCs and ice cream van. The nearest cafe, pub and shop in Bosherston is a mile away.

Dog restrictions: Welcome all year round.

Stay nearby: Coastguard House 1, Bosherston | sleeps 4 + 1 dog

If the family pet is staying behind on this occasion, then check out our full list of 20 great beaches in Wales. From the famous sandy shores of Gower to the sheltered bay of Tenby, there are many exquisite beaches all along Wales' coastline for you to discover.

Little Haven Beach

Little Haven, Pembrokeshire

This sheltered sandy and rocky beach is just around the coast from Broad Haven. There are plenty of local shops and pubs close by in Little Haven village and the beach is along the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

Local info: Pay and display car park in Little Haven village. WCs on the beach. Refreshments are available in the village.

Dog restrictions: Welcome all year round.

Stay nearby: The Farmhouse at Solbury, Broad Haven | sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

Put your best paw forward and explore this fantastic country's pathways and trails with your canine companion - check out our dog-friendly walks in Wales.

Monkstone Beach

Monkstone Beach, Pembrokeshire

Gorgeous golden sands and pebbles are backed by steep coastal cliffs, making this beach between Tenby and Saundersfoot wonderfully sheltered. One of the most remote dog-friendly beaches in West Wales, it's accessed by steep steps - 151 to be precise! A popular beach for swimming and fishing, it is set along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. This beach is recommended by the Marine Conservation Society.

Local info: Limited roadside parking nearby - ample parking in nearby Saundersfoot. No other beach facilities.

Dog restrictions: Welcome all year round.

Stay nearby: Puddleduck Cottage, Tenby | sleeps 5 + 2 dogs

Looking to explore even more of Pembrokeshire? We've put together even more top Pembrokeshire walks for you and your dog to embark on.

Barafundle Bay - dog-friendly beach in West Wales

Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire

In the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty sits this West Wales dog-friendly beach, just waiting for you and your excitable pup to leave footprints and pawprints in the soft sand. This beach is a stunning spot to grab a breath of fresh sea air, backed by dunes and pine trees beyond. This beach is off the beaten track with a stony sloping walk to reach it and is part of the Stackpole Estate managed by the National Trust. 

Local info: Cafe, WCs and Stackpole Car Park 0.5 miles along the coast. No lifeguards. 

Dog restrictions: Welcome all year round.

Stay nearby: Freshwater Bay 13, Freshwater East | sleeps 6 + 2 dogs

Dog-friendly West Wales beach: Manorbier Beach

Manorbier Beach, Pembrokeshire

Another sandy spot located on the edge of the scenic Pembrokeshire Coast in West Wales, Manorbier is a great place for a dog walk with the Wales Coast Path running along behind it and plenty of space for dogs to race about down on the sand. The beach is surrounded by a dramatic, lush landscape and is overlooked by the 12th-century Church of St James and the medieval Manorbier Castle. 

Local info: Car park with WCs, Church of St James and the medieval Manorbier Castle are both nearby. Pubs and shops 1 mile away in Manorbier village. 

Dog restrictions: Welcome all year round.

Stay nearby: Spindrift, Penally | sleeps 6 + 2 dogs 

Cilborth Beach

Cilborth Beach, Ceredigion

Somewhat of a hidden gem, this pretty dog-friendly beach in West Wales is found at the bottom of some steep steps cut into the cliffside which can get slippery. Its most famous feature is the Carreg Bica rock that juts out of the sand and legend tells that this rock was once a giant's tooth - a local colossus suffering from toothache pulled at the tooth and threw it away, and it landed on this beach. If you have children with you, this beach on the West Wales coast is teeming with rock pools and caverns perfect for family adventures.

Local info: Car park, WCs, shops, pub and cafe in Llangrannog village. 

Dog restrictions: Welcome all year round.

Stay nearby: Sea Witches, Tresaith | sleeps 5 + 1 dog 

Aberdyfi Beach - Wales dog-friendly beaches

Aberdyfi Beach, Gwynedd

Dogs cannot go on the area of beach in front of the car park during the summer, but the beach beyond the sand dunes welcomes dogs all year around. This beautiful village is set right on the Dyfi Estuary and is a scenic choice for a holiday. The currents can be dangerous so keep your dog out of the water, but this West Wales beach curves around for 3 miles, making it perfect for running about on the sand. 

Local info: Car park and WCs. There are plenty of pubs, cafes and shops as well as a lovely pier. 

Dog restrictions: Welcome all year round on most of the beach - the area in front of the car park is restricted during the summer months. 

Stay nearby: Swn Y Don, Aberdyfi | sleeps 8 + 2 dogs

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Dog-friendly beaches in North Wales

Towyn BeachTowyn Beach credit: Instagram @leroybluebrindle

Towyn Beach, Conwy

Just east of the seaside town of Abergele in the village of Towyn, this dog-friendly beach in North Wales offers amazing views across Colwyn Bay towards the Isle of Man on a clear day. Backed by a bank of shingle, at low tide, a stretch of sand is exposed that is perfect for running and playing on. 

Local info: Numerous car parks in Towyn. WCs, shops, cafes and pubs all nearby on the promenade.

Dog restrictions: Welcome all year round.

Stay nearby: Old Colwyn Coastal Retreat, Old Colwyn | sleeps 2 + 1 dog

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Conwy Morfa, Conwy

At low tide, a wide sandy bay is exposed which is perfect for long walks with a four-legged friend and it's a good beach for birdwatching. The town of Conwy and its many amenities are also close by. It's one of the best dog-friendly beaches in Wales for lovely sunsets too. 

Local info: Large free car park close by. Shops and restaurants are a short walk away.

Dog restrictions: Welcome all year round.

Stay nearby: Werdnas Cottage, Conwy | sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

Porth Dinllaen

Porth Dinllaen Beach, Llyn Peninsula

This long sweeping sandy bay near Morfa Nefyn is partly cared for by the National Trust and offers beautiful views along the Carreg Ddu headland. A number of amenities line the beach although the area is completely car-free.

Local info: Parking by the golf course is a 15-minute walk away. WCs, shops, cafe and pubs all next to the beach.

Dog restrictions: Welcome all year round.

Stay nearby: Coastal Retreat, Nefyn | sleeps 5 + 1 dog

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Dog-friendly beaches in South Wales

Rhosilli Bay

Rhossili Bay, Gower Peninsula

Often recognised as one of the best dog beaches in all of Wales, dogs are welcome year-round to admire its amazing views and sniff out the shipwreck, Helvetia, washed up on the sand. Rhossili is around a half-hour drive from the city of Swansea.

Local info: Parking (free to National Trust members), WCs, shop and visitor centre selling refreshments.

Dog restrictions: Welcome all year round.

Stay nearby: Tiller Cottage, Gower | sleeps 6 + 1 dog

Rhossili Beach is a wonderful choice for catching a wave on a surfing break to the South Wales coast. Read our guide for more top surfing beaches in Wales.

Jackson's BayJackson's Bay credit: Instagram @pippatheminiaturejack

Jackson's Bay, Vale of Glamorgan

This small, sandy, dog-friendly beach in South Wales is perfect for a walk, and you can enjoy all the fun things to do on Barry Island too! Barry Island offers amusements and places to eat and is famous for being the filming location for Gavin & Stacey.

Local info: Parking in Barry/Barry Island, WCs, refreshments nearby.

Dog restrictions: Welcome all year round.

Stay nearby: Pebbles Cottage Gileston, Gileston | sleeps 2 + 2 dogs

Ogmore Beach

Ogmore Central Beach, Vale of Glamorgan

Dogs are welcome at this beach in Wales all year round and this sand and pebble beach close to Bridgend and Porthcawl is one of the best-loved spots on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. It stretches on seemingly forever, with craggy rocks and rock pools to discover along the way.

Local info: Beachside parking. Pub nearby in the village of Ogmore-by-Sea.

Dog restrictions: Welcome all year round.

Stay nearby: Somerset View, Ogmore-by-Sea | sleeps 6 + 1 dog

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