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If you can’t fathom the thought of a vacation without your best friend, the UK is an ideal country to visit. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are dotted with picturesque beaches and lush countryside for you and your pet to explore. (Not to mention the centuries of history and famous monuments).

With many residents being dog lovers themselves, accommodation often caters to furry guests. You’ll find suitable options throughout the region, but here are a few of the top destinations.

The Best UK Destinations for Dog Lovers


With world-class dining, rugged moorland and whitewashed beaches, there are plenty of reasons to consider visiting Cornwall. Now you can add its pet-friendliness to the list.

Visit Cornwall offers a guide to all the best accommodation options, walks, and special activities so you can plan your visit with your furry friend. Many of the area’s beaches welcome pets, while the ferry to the Isle of Wight is free for dogs.

Trebah Gardens offers tables just for pooches, and restaurants like Falmouth Bay Seafood Café and the Nare welcome dogs to their dining patios.

If you can’t fathom the thought of a vacation without your best friend, the UK is an ideal country to visit.

Dog Friendly Hotels in Cornwall

Higher Rosevine Farm

A family-friendly Cornish country house by the sea fusing the comforts of a luxury hotel with the independence of having your own studio or apartment.

It’s set in luxuriant gardens above a sheltered sandy cove, and there’s an indoor heated pool, adults-only lounge, a playroom and restaurant. There is also central heating across the hotel.

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Fowey Hall

A Victorian seaside mansion reincarnated as a luxury family hotel. Set in landscaped gardens on a bluff above the sailing town of Fowey in south Cornwall, the hotel has far-reaching sea views. Bramble, the hotel’s spaniel, can be booked for walks.

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Country walks galore and friendly attitudes await you in the north of England, particularly Yorkshire. National Trust Beaches welcome dogs, and around half of the area’s holiday homes are pet-friendly.

Glamping is particularly enjoyable here thanks to the diverse countryside. The scenery is second to none, particularly in the moody moors of the Yorkshire Dales or in popular seaside destinations like Scarborough or Whitby.

Dog Friendly Hotels in Yorkshire

Yorebridge House

Yorebridge House Hotel offers 5-star accommodation, and is the perfect base for those wanting to get back to nature, with Yorkshire Dales National Park just moments away. The hotel has 11 rooms that are fitted with all the essentials to ensure a comfortable stay. The surrounding countryside allows guests to enjoy scenic walks.

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Feversham Arms Hotel

Located in North York Moors National Park, this elegant hotel is the perfect choice for a scenic retreat. Guests can also enjoy complimentary internet access throughout the property. There are a number of facilities, such as a laundry service and a garden.

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The UK offers no shortage of pristine coastline, and another prime area to go with your pooch is Northumberland. With 39 miles of rugged beaches to explore, you have everything needed for an active day out.

Popular destinations here include the beaches at Bamburgh and Alnmouth. You can also visit many prime tourist attractions in the area with your dog on a lead, like Warkworth Castle.

If you can’t fathom the thought of a vacation without your best friend, the UK is an ideal country to visit.

Dog Friendly Hotels in Northumberland

Marshall Meadows Hotel

Situated in Berwick-upon-Tweed, this 3-star property is cosy and relaxed. It provides free Wi-Fi, a fitness room and a golf course. There are a range of facilities on offer to those staying at Marshall Meadows Hotel Berwick-upon-Tweed, including limited hours room service, a rooftop terrace and a garden.

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Doxford Hall Hotel

Situated in Ellingham, Doxford Hall Hotel Chathill Alnwick is an easy drive from Beadnell and Alnwick. Guests can also enjoy complimentary internet access in all areas. This rustic hotel features a range of facilities, such as massage services, conference rooms and on-site parking.

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While there are many countryside areas where dogs are welcome, London’s also quite fond of pets. Many of its residents are dog owners, and the city happily caters to this demographic.

This means you’ll find no shortage of doggie parks and pet boutiques selling the latest dog costumes UK or homemade treats. There are even upscale hotels offering pet-friendly accommodation.

For example, Belgravia’s posh Belgraves Hotel offers a pet package with food bowls and toys included.

Dog Friendly Hotels in London

The Arch London

Within 20 minutes’ walk from Lancaster Gate Tube Station, The Arch London offers guests a convenient base while in London. It offers 5-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms. A petsetting service is available at the hotel, so you and your pet can both unwind and relax without a care.

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Metropolitan Hotel

Small and well-trained dogs are welcome at The Metropolitan hotel! Your pampered pooch will be well looked after with its own dog bed and bowl. Let the hotel know in advance that your pet is coming to stay (plus their name) and they’ll enjoy a special greeting on arrival.

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Scotland’s wide open spaces are just perfect for frolicking in the fields. Head to the green rolling hills of Perthshire to explore this pastoral scenery.

Gleneagles golfing resort welcomes dog lovers from all over the world. You can enjoy an expedition with one of the school’s resident gun dogs, or treat your own to classic obedience courses.

High end kennels are available here, or you can let your dog rest in your own room with his very own tartan bed.

If you can’t fathom the thought of a vacation without your best friend, the UK is an ideal country to visit.


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Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; a website dedicated to opening your eyes to the wild & natural world.

Committed to bringing you the best in adventure travel from all around the globe, there is no mountain too high, and no fete too extreme! They haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on their list.

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  1. I’ve always wanted to vacay with my pup but new so many places were off the table! This list is great, excited to know we can travel together as a family, furbabies and all!

    • Absolutely! The UK is a great choice, with so many different destinations which are pet friendly :) Hope you have the chance to plan a family vacay soon!

  2. I would love to travel with my pup! Dog friendly hotels in London, that is something I never thought I’d find, thanks for posting!

    • Absolutely – a very dog friendly city :) Glad we could help!

  3. Hi Megan, I’m glad to hear that more and more places accept dogs now. I remember 15 years ago, it was pretty difficult to find a dog friendly hotel. We had to take our dog to a “hotel for dogs”, which looked almost like a dog pound.. and he was always very sad when you left.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Miguel, yes it seems to be quite accepted now that people enjoy traveling with their pets, especially as people are now spending more and more money on their fury friends. I think hotels have realized this is a market they can certainly cash in on, by offering optional extras aimed at pets, and having friendly facilities.

      I’m glad to see the range of options improving!

  4. Cornwall and Yorkshire look like fantastic place to explore generally, and the fact that they welcome the furry friends makes them even better. My mother-in-law almost always travels with her dog, and she can sometimes be frustrated by her options. I am surprised that London had so many of them. I assumed that they would be one place that wasn’t as welcoming. Thanks for the tips! Pinned!

    • Absolutely Patricia, Cornwall and Yorkshire are great, and there’s a real culture of pets here, that travelers with theirs fit right in :)

      Cities can definitely be the most frustrating part of traveling with a pet, but London certainly seems to be leading the way. Which is quite surprising as it has a bit of a reputation for a stiff upper lip. But they love their dogs, what can I say!

  5. I’ve been thinking about traveling to the UK with my dog. Now I know where to go! Thanks for sharing =)

    • Glad we could help out Nick :) Have a great trip!

  6. I was literally thinking how I could take our family dog on our travels and where to find pet-friendly locations. Looks like the UK is the ideal spot! Lots of options to travel with the pooch!

    • Absolutely – the UK is so pet friendly, it makes it an easy choice :) Hope you have a fab trip!

  7. I hate leaving my dog Sammy behind so it’s great to have a list of dog friendly hotels in England. I’m also totally loving that doggie bento set!

    • It’s so hard to leave your pet behind! Especially when you’re so frequently on the road. So it’s nice to see accommodation providers recognizing that, and increasing their range of pet friendly options.

      Isn’t the doggie bento set the best!

  8. I feel like Europe must be the most pet-friendly continent on the planet- they really seem to cater to the four-legged variety! I wish places in North America were as accepting.

    • They really do! Hopefully N America and the rest of the world will pick up on the queue!

  9. Like you I am an Aussie. Owner of a gorgeous husky (that photo won me over!). Read this article and am now fantasising about those amazing places people can visit with their pooches. I probably wont get there with Harley though ;)

    • Aren’t Huskies the most beautiful dogs! The UK is definitely a long way to travel from Aus, but there are a lot of spots throughout Asia which might be closer to home. One of our guest authors recently wrote a guide to traveling Thailand with your dog if it’s of interest for you:

  10. For dog lovers, this article opens up so many possibilities. Travel can now be accessible for owners and their furry friends. I don’t own a little dog, but will certainly share this with our travel and dog friends!!

    • Absolutely, I’m so pleased to see that the travel industry is making it easier on travelers who wish to travel with their pets :) It’s a huge market, so was bound to pick up as a trend!

  11. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland or all on my to go to list. I’ve been to London but there is so much more to explore in England so it stays on my to go to list. For some reason when I dream about the beautiful shades of green, cliffs and beaches there always seems to be a dog in the picture running. It seems like it naturally makes since. All the choices in this post seem fantastic

    • It does seem like it makes sense right! The UK has such beautiful, dramatic landscapes, perfect for exploring with pets :) Hope you have the chance to spend some extended time in the UK and take in more of the countryside soon :)

  12. It is heartening to note that more and more hotels are becoming Dog Friendly. It is is painful to leave your dog at home when you are on holiday, just because the place where you are staying do not accept them. Glad to know that there are so many places in the UK where one can enjoy a holiday with your four legged friend.

    • Absolutely – I can only see more and more hotels adopting pet friendly policies and amenities now that it is becoming such a big trend :) Good news for pet owners!

  13. Hi Megan, thanks for sharing. Dealing with pet care before a holiday is one of those hassles we can do without. So it’s great to read about the pet friendly hotels.

    • Glad you enjoyed the post Elizabeth – yes, so much easier when they can come along with you :)

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