Our top 10 dog friendly beaches in Wales

Beaches, Coastal, Pet friendly

If you're planning a holiday to Wales this summer, no doubt you'll be visiting the country's many beautiful beaches.

From the tip of Anglesey to the toes of Pembrokeshire, there are some fantastic dog friendly beaches in Wales, and all of our top ten 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!

North Wales

Towyn Beach, Conwy


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Just east of the seaside town of Abergele in the village of Towyn, this beach 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 perfect for running and playing on.

Facilities: Numerous car parks in Towyn. Toilets, shops, cafes and pubs all nearby on the promenade.

Conwy Morfa, Conwy


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At low tide, a wide sandy bay is exposed 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.

Facilities: Large free car park close by. Shops and restaurants a short walk away.

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.

Facilities: Parking by the golf course a 15-minute walk away. Toilets, shops, café and pubs all next to the beach.

Mid and West Wales

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 beach made up of sand and single. Be sure to visit in time for the spectacular sunsets, and dolphins and seals can even be spotted from the shore.

Facilities: Road parking on the way to the beach. Toilets available.

Broad Haven (South), Pembrokeshire

This is a beautiful sand 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.

Facilities: National Trust car park with toilets and ice cream van. Nearest cafe, pub and shop in Bosherston a mile away.

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.

Facilities: Pay and display car park in Little Haven village. Toilets on beach. Refreshments available in the village.

Monkstone Beach, Pembrokeshire

Gorgeous golden sands amd pebbles are backed by steep coastal cliffs, making this beach between Tenby and Saundersfoot wonderfully sheltered. The beach is accessed by steep steps - 151 to be precise! A popular beach for swimming and fishing and it's along the Pembrokeshire Coast path. This beach is recommended by the Marine Conservation Society.

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

South Wales

Rhosilli Bay, Gower Peninsula

Often recognised as one of the best 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 beach. Rhossilli is around a half-hour drive from the city of Swansea.

Facilities: Parking (free to National Trust members), toilets, shop and visitor centre selling refreshments.

Jackson's Bay, Vale of Glamorgan

This small sandy bay is perfect for a dog 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.

Facilities: Parking in Barry/Barry Island, toilets, refreshments nearby.

Ogmore Central Beach, Vale of Glamorgan

This sand and pebble beach close to Bridgend and Porthcawl is one of the best-loved on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. It stretches on seemingly forever, with craggy rocks and rockpools to discover along the way.

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

Please remember that beaches where no dog restrictions apply usually have no lifeguard service, so if you swim, please take extra care of the tide and deep water!

If you’re all set for a holiday by the sea with your dog, take a look at our dog-friendly cottages to start planning your perfect seaside break.

Posted by Hannah on 1st March 2018