Discovering York with your Dog

When it’s time for a new adventure, you’ll want to make sure it's one your dog can join you on. Let’s face it - everything's better with a dog by your side. That’s why we’ve created a series focusing on the best places to explore over a long weekend, with your four-legged friend.

This week, we’re diving into the historic city of York, originally founded by ancient Romans. Every street corner has a history waiting to be explored.

Where to stay

Known as an incredibly dog friendly city, York has plenty of places to welcome you and your dog. Right in the heart of the city, is The Mount Royale Hotel & Spa, which was formerly two private houses built during the reign of William IV (1830 - 1837). The garden at the rear of the hotel takes you far away from the bustling city, whilst the warm staff will make yourself and your dog feel right at home. 

Decked in Ivy and nestled amongst the historic townhouses of Bootham Road, The Grange is a stunning luxury Victorian hotel. Sophistication, class and history ooze from within the building, including its cellar-turned-brasserie, which was used as an air raid shelter in World War II. Situated within easy walking distance of the city centre, it’s the perfect location to discover the best of York, whilst the cosy rooms and grand suites offer supreme comfort to you and your furry friend.

Where to go

With your bed for the night sorted, it’s time to explore the city. Start by discovering the Yorkshire Museum Gardens, at the whimsical botanical gardens. Get lost in the ten acres flourishing with lush greenery and local wildlife and keep an eye out for the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey plus the Roman Multangular Tower. 

For a little countryside escape, head three miles east of the city centre to Fishponds Wood and Beech Grove. The beautiful woodland walk is overflowing with songbirds, plus you can explore the wetlands, home to the wood’s fishpond.

Flowing through York’s city centre, the River Ouse provides the perfect walk to follow, with its riverside bars and restaurants. There’s even a few off-leash beaches tucked along the river side for your pup to enjoy. 

Where to eat

Breakfast is better with company, that’s why Bistro Guy and his dog friendly policy makes it the perfect place to start your day. With such delights as roasted flat mushroom, wilted spinach & brie on chunky toasted artisan bread, and scrambled egg with chorizo on toasted artisan bread, Bistro Guy knows how to serve up a fantastic breakfast. In the summer, take your brekkie outside and enjoy the gorgeous back garden with your dog. 

Shambles Tavern should be your next stop when it comes to refuelling for lunch. Doing the classics well, Shambles is a very dog friendly pub, welcoming all well behaved four-legged friends. Tuck yourself up in the cosy indoor dining section, or relax in the covered outdoor area with good food and good (fluffy) company!

As dinner time rolls around, you absolutely have to stop by Ambiente Tapas. Inspired by tapas served in traditional Spanish ‘tabancos’, their flavours are influenced by tastes from around the world. Ambient by name, and Ambiente by nature, the vibe of their restaurants is stylish, yet relaxed, making it the perfect setting for a mouthwatering dinner for you and your dog.

Thanks for reading!

The Ralph & Co team

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