If you're anything like us, you probably can't bear the thought of leaving your furry pal behind while you embark on a grand adventure. After all, they're not just your dog – they're a member of the family! So why should they miss out on all the fun?
In collaboration with Dog Furiendly, the go-to platform for sniffing out over 30,000 dog friendly spots across the UK, we've discovered the UK's best dog friendly destinations. The places we've highlighted aren't just randomly picked - they're the regions that boast the highest number of dog friendly spots on the Dog Furiendly website.
So pack your lead, your favourite Ralph & Co dog bed (because a good night's sleep makes for a happy hound), and set off on these unforgettable adventures with your furry friend!
1. The Cosmopolitan Canine: London
A bustling metropolis and a paradise for pups? Who would have thought! Well, the numbers don't lie - London is the city with the highest number of dog friendly places on Dog Furiendly. This cosmopolitan hub may be best known for its iconic skyline, but it's the city's expansive parks that make it a doggy wonderland. A dip in the Serpentine River at Hyde Park or a brisk walk across the iconic Tower Bridge provides a fantastic city adventure. To top it off, why not try a unique doga (dog yoga) class at Dogamahny? You might discover that your pet is the next yogi prodigy!
In London, the fun doesn't stop at parks. Picturehouse Cinema offers 'Dog Friendly Screenings,' allowing you to enjoy the latest films with your pet. When it comes to culinary experiences, there's no dearth of options either. The M Restaurant in Canary Wharf serves a delightful ‘Six Legs Brunch,’ designed for you and your pup to share, while Smith & Whistle in Mayfair not only allows dogs but also provides a unique 'dogtail' menu – a selection of non-alcoholic cocktails created specifically for your furry friend.
2. The Historical Hound: North Yorkshire
Coming up in second place it’s North Yorkshire. If your dog loves open spaces and you're a history buff, then North Yorkshire is your ideal destination. Its rolling valleys, mysterious ruins, and charming dog friendly taverns create a picturesque backdrop for a memorable holiday. Explore the serene Yorkshire Dales National Park, dotted with vibrant wildflower meadows and stone walls, or delve into the hauntingly beautiful ruins of Whitby Abbey that famously inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula. Both places warmly welcome dogs on leads.
Add a twist of nostalgia to your trip by hopping onto the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. With dog tickets available for a small fee, you and your canine can journey through the heart of the moorland, taking in the breath-taking views of the landscape, and waving at sheep grazing in the fields. It's not just a holiday in North Yorkshire – it's a step back in time!
3. The Seaside Sniffer: Cornwall
Renowned for its coastal charm and character, Cornwall is a haven for beach-loving pups. Several beaches here welcome four-legged visitors year-round, offering an abundance of seaside adventures. Start your journey at Watergate Bay Beach, a favourite among locals and tourists alike, followed by a peaceful frolic at the less crowded Porthkidney Sands.
Cornwall also offers unique maritime experiences like dog friendly boat trips provided by Padstow Sealife Safaris, where you can view spectacular marine life. Add a dash of history to your seaside retreat by visiting the Geevor Tin Mine, which has dog friendly external areas and offers a glimpse into Cornwall's rich mining heritage. End the day with a traditional Cornish pasty at one of the numerous dog friendly eateries.
4. The Countryside Canine: Hampshire
An idyllic spot for outdoorsy pups, Hampshire is laden with expansive countryside and captivating historical sites. Start your adventure at the New Forest National Park or the Lepe Country Park beach, then shift gears from natural beauty to historical charm by visiting the ruins of Wolvesey Castle, a medieval bishop's palace in Winchester.
Don't forget to explore Hampshire's culinary scene – The Rockingham Arms and The Beach House are excellent dog friendly dining options. After a day packed with adventure, retire to The Master Builder's luxury hotel, which offers a special doggy room service menu. A perfect end to a perfect day, don't you think?
5. The Water-loving Woof: Norfolk
Norfolk is the destination for dogs who love water-filled adventures. Begin your journey with a unique dog friendly boat hire on the Norfolk Broads. These expansive and tranquil waterways stretch over 125 miles, providing plenty of opportunities for you and your dog to appreciate the lush landscape. Keep a lookout for the area's abundant wildlife - otters, herons, and kingfishers are among the regular visitors.
For those hounds that prefer the taste of saltwater, Holkham Beach is a must-visit. This sweeping sandy beach seems to stretch into infinity, offering an ideal playground for dogs. Following the beach fun, a walk in the nearby Holkham Nature Reserve, with its rich biodiversity and well-maintained trails, offers a peaceful retreat. As a bonus, many of the local pubs and cafes in the area are dog friendly, so you and your pooch can refuel before your next adventure.
6. The Castle Craver: Kent
Kent, also known as the "Garden of England," offers a rich tapestry of picturesque landscapes and historical sites. Kick off your journey with a visit to the famous White Cliffs of Dover. A walk along the iconic chalk cliffs is perfect for adventurous pups, offering ample space for romping and spectacular sea views. The cliff-top paths, while challenging, will give you and your furry friend an experience to remember.
Then, explore the rich history of the area by visiting the ancient ruins of Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre. Dogs on leads are welcome to join you as you delve into the beginnings of Roman Britain. If you're keen to end your day with a royal stay, Hever Castle & Gardens provides dog friendly accommodation and beautiful scenery. Coupled with Kent's plentiful dog friendly pubs, you've got a perfect recipe for a dog friendly holiday.
7. The Dune Dasher: Devon
Devon, blessed with both wild moorlands and sandy beaches, is a playground for adventurous dogs. Dartmoor National Park is a must-visit, offering an array of challenging hikes and exciting smells for your furry explorer. One such experience can be found at the renowned Becky Falls. The sight of the cascading waterfalls and nature trails will ensure you have an exciting day out.
If your dog is a beach-lover? There’s an abundance of dog friendly beaches such as Woolacombe Beach. The traditional seaside activity crabbing is also really popular in Devon, give it a whirl in one of the pretty coastal villages. Want to swap the trails for the rails? The South Devon Railway welcomes dogs onboard their steam trains for a small fee. You can enjoy the Devonshire countryside from the comfort of your seat. With its diverse landscapes and activities, Devon certainly knows how to keep tails wagging!
8. The Highland Hiker: Highlands, Scotland
And last, but certainly not least, based on the hundreds of dog-friendly destinations listed on Dog Furiendly, we present the untamed wonder of the Scottish Highlands. Known for its bewitching blend of mountain peaks, lush forests, and stunning beaches, is a dream destination for the intrepid pup and their human companion. Begin your adventure in the heart of the Highlands, the Cairngorms National Park, offering endless trails to explore, towering mountains to conquer, and possibly a sighting of local wildlife.
Once you've had your fill of the mountains, it's time to head for the world-renowned Loch Ness. On a Loch Ness boat tour, you and your furry friend can enjoy the spectacular scenery from the water and perhaps even spot the elusive Nessie! If you're in the mood for some fun-filled family time, head over to the Landmark Forest Adventure Park. Whether your dog is frolicking in the forest or watching you bravely tackle the high ropes course, this trip will be remembered by all.
Where Is Your Favourite Dog Friendly Destination?
Whether your pup is a city slicker or a mountain hiker, there’s a perfect UK destination waiting for your next adventure. For more dog friendly places and to plan your next adventure, head over to dogfuriendly.com. Pack the essentials, don’t forget the treats, favourite Ralph & Co dog bed and of course, remember to bring the most important thing of all: the love of your furry best friend.