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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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