Taking your pet pooch on your getaway means it’s a break for them, not just you, so it’s important they feel included in all your holiday hijinks, from a pint in the local to a stroll in some gorgeous gardens. We’ve put together a guide for some of the best days out and pup-friendly pubs across the UK, which means you can put your paws up in one of our cottages and let us do the leg work.
Attractions and days out
English Heritage and National Trust, nationwide
Both the English Heritage and the National Trust have hundreds of properties and historic sites for you to discover across the whole of the UK. Better still, many of them allow your canines (on a lead) to explore by your side. Though some may not let your pooch into the property itself, there are some fantastic grounds surrounding many of them, ideal for walking with your hound for you both to gain some cultural pup-ose. Check out the websites for both organisations for exact rules and regulations.
This pawsome idea will have your hound wagging its tail so fast you’ll be scared they might take off. Experience a dogtastic day out plus have the chance to win some goodies, as you and your furry best friend embark on a treasure hunt tailored to motivated mutts determined to find those treats. Collar some prizes on the way as dogs and their humans hunt for canine clues. Banish the ruff feeling, and be prepared for a fun-filled day out to be unleashed.
Over 260 animal species, over 160 acres of parkland, and your pawfect pooch can roam it all with you (on a lead of course). Frequently included on dog-friendly lists, it’s made ours too, thanks to its inclusion of all fabulous four-legged friends which makes family outings and trips to the zoo that much simpler for guests. In a stunning area of the UK, it’s just one of many places your dog will love exploring with you on a stay in the Cotswolds.
Leading the way in North Devon’s attractions, the Milky Way has many accolades to its name, and is the perfect family day out destination. The best part? It’s also one of the most dog-friendly places you could go with your canine companion! Acres of outdoor space means your pooch can play in peace, with children’s areas filled with rides and attractions come rain or shine too. Designed for little kids and big kids alike, the park caters for your four-legged friend, with dogs on leads welcome in most areas, and while they can’t board the rides, they’ll just be happy to be included in the family fun – with all four paws on solid ground.
Have you taught your dog good petiquette? Are they well-behaved and happy to stay on the lead during your day out? Well that’s good, because that’s the only condition when taking your pawfect little pooch on a trip to the Lost Gardens of Heligan, where dogs are welcome all year round. Explore the miles of pathways that create a labyrinth through the idyllic gardens as you explore every inch of the once undiscovered beauty, with your furry best friend by your side. There’s some rare livestock and wildlife on the site, so your hound will need to be kept on the lead during your visit, but to visit such a well-loved attraction in Cornwall with only that to account for is a rare and wonderful thing.
The DogBuddy Dog Friendly Pub Awards officially collared this pub the ulti-mutt drinking hole for your four-legged friends in 2016, and it’s not hard to see why. On the edge of Wimbledon Common, doggies from all over congregate in the beautiful former bakery dating back to 1835, with owners able to admire the building (and the booze), while being encouraged to take their canine companions as well, to interact and meet likeminded puppy pals. Canines can enjoy complimentary biscuits, rest their paws, and even be entered by their human to be ‘Dog of the Day’. It’s a truly pawsome place for your pooch – and you!
The Black Lion, Wales
The Black Lion in Anglesey, Wales is happy to accept dogs in the bar. This 18th century Grade II listed inn is set in beautiful surroundings, and is popular with walkers and cyclists. Wherever you and your canine companion go on your long w-a-l-k, we’d recommend a stop here to reward yourselves a treat at the end.
Welcoming all hounds and humans, with a specific menu tailored for those with four-legs as well as those with just the two, this super Sunderland stop-off has everything your canine could want from a doggie diner. Owners can choose from a selection of paninis and sandwiches, whilst woofers have the choice of pupcakes, bonescuits, and even their own Woof Dog Beer. You can even celebrate your dog’s birthday in style, treating them like the majestic mutt they are with their very own cake.
The Spiceship, Preston, Dorset
Located just outside the tourist haven of Weymouth, The Spiceship is another award-winning dog-friendly pub, with treats and water bowls for your canine companion provided free of charge. Explore the beautiful coast and country of Dorset, returning to this dogtastic destination time and time again thanks to the pawfect hospitality.
Not only does this Scottish bar accommodate dogs, they also proudly state on their website that other friendly pets are welcome, such as cats, and that they even once had a chicken pop in for a pint. There’s always a friendly four-legged hound curled up in a corner of the pub somewhere, so you and your canine are in great company.
This is just a small selection of what there is to do on holiday with your furry best friend – there’s much more to discover, but rest assured, you’ll always have a pawfect place to rest your legs.