With a wealth of history, heritage and natural beauty everywhere you look, it’s no surprise that the nation is still very much in love with the Great British staycation. A hive of adventure is right on our doorstep and, with the ability to travel the length of the island in a matter of hours, exploring the UK couldn’t be easier for any dog-lover.
With so many places to choose from, it can be hard to know where to pitch up with your pooch. While it may seem like a practical option with a dog in tow, the unpredictability of the British weather means a rural camping spot in the countryside is not always for the faint of heart. That’s why, today, we’re bringing you a handful of the best dog friendly cities in the UK. From getting your cultural fix in world famous museums to pampering your pup on your relaxing weekend away, you’ll be spoilt for choice with these dog friendly destinations!
Newcastle upon Tyne
Boasting a winning combination of culture, iconic landscapes and, of course, world-class nightlife, Newcastle certainly has it all. Dubbed the 15-minute city, accessing all the delights of the North East capital during your city break couldn’t be easier. From taking in the views of the Tyne on the glittering Quayside to enjoying the fresh air on a dog walk in Jesmond Dene, there’s plenty to see and do in this outstanding city.
Finding dog-friendly accommodation in Newcastle is easy thanks to the broad selection of self-catering apartments and cottages available throughout the area. Relax in your very own city centre pad or head out of town on a visit to Beamish, the world-renowned open-air museum. And as dusk falls, why not enjoy rare cocktails and fine food in the ideal setting, Newcastle’s dog friendly Lola Jeans?
Famed for being Britain’s smallest city, it couldn’t be easier to escape the hustle and bustle in this quaint metropolis. This unique city is surrounded by one of Europe’s finest coastlines, making it the perfect choice for anyone looking for a city break and seaside staycation rolled into one. Explore the delights of Pembrokeshire on the St Davids peninsula, and refuel at the traditional pet-friendly pub, The Farmers Arms.
Try your hand at paddle boarding on the shores of Pembrokeshire’s pet friendly beaches, or take your pup for a stroll along the stunning Brunel Quay Cycleway into Haverfordwest – the Westfield Pill Nature Reserve is packed full of rare wildlife you’ll love spotting on your walk.
There are countless reasons we love Leeds, but it’s the stunning views from the rolling Yorkshire hills that makes this pet-friendly city such a perfect choice. Whether you stay in the cosmopolitan city centre or opt for a remote rural cottage, make sure a visit to the historic spa town of Ilkley is on your list.
Take the 30-minute rail journey from the city centre and explore this stunning gateway to the Yorkshire dales. Enjoy a dog walk on the famous Ilkley Moor, or treat your pooch to a pampering session that’s truly unparalleled. Whether you’ve got a cultured canine or just fancy treating your pup to a spa day, a visit to Barkers will leave your dog very happy indeed! And with Yorkshire’s classic Betty’s tea room just next door, why not leave your four-legged friend in safe hands as you indulge in some afternoon tea?
Comprising the medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town, there’s no doubt the city of Edinburgh offers an abundance of history and heritage. Whether you enjoy a spot of retail therapy in Edinburgh’s pedestrianised zone or explore the array of stunning city centre gardens, the Scottish capital is certainly perfect for any pet owner.
Take a hike to the ancient volcano, Arthur’s Seat, and rehydrate at the cool and quirky Holyrood 9A. As well as boasting an outstanding range of Scottish beers and gourmet burgers, this dog-friendly gastropub even offers water, treats and rehydration salts for any worn-out dogs.
Brighton & Hove
This Southern seaside resort is a must-visit for any dog owner. With more dog meetup groups than anywhere else in the UK, socialising with other dog walkers couldn’t be easier at this popular staycation destination. With gastropubs aplenty, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding somewhere fantastic to eat. Take a trip to The Ginger Dog for mouth-watering cuisine and unbeatable atmosphere and enjoy an evening that’s fun for all the family!
Take your four-legged friend for a stroll down the promenade as you take in picturesque views of the English Channel, or head out of the city to the Devil’s Dyke for a walk in the South Downs. With breathtaking views, extensive walks and the opportunity to take up hang gliding, you’re sure to find adventure in Brighton & Hove!
For a real home from home, a city that can accommodate your four-legged friend is essential. With pet-friendly city centre apartments and great transport links to rural landscapes, a city break is the perfect choice for your next family staycation.