Dogs are part of the family which is why more of us than ever before are taking our four-legged friends on holidays with us. The UK has tons of dog-friendly tourist destinations and here are 9 of the best.


The Lake District

Cumbria and the Lake District is one of the best places to take your canine companion on holiday not only does it have over 2000 km of national park to explore with lovely lakeside and woodland walks, many of the attractions welcome dogs and there are tons of country-pubs where you can enjoy a drink by the fireside after your walk


With dog-friendly hot tub cottages, dog-friendly beaches, dog-friendly gardens and dog-friendly pubs Cornwall is top of the class when it comes to dog-friendly holidays. With our canine chums welcomed at some of the top attractions here, there is no need to leave them home alone.


This beautiful county provides a warm welcome to both those on two feet and four paws. With almost a third of the total area of national parks in the country, that’s a lot of walks for you and Fido to enjoy. Spend time on the dog-friendly beach at Robin Hoods Bay, enjoy a leisurely walk across open moorland or relax in the beer garden at one of the many pubs which welcome dogs

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Scottish Highlands

Scotland’s got all the ingredients for a relaxing pet-friendly holiday, there is a huge range of pet-friendly accommodation, long, scenic walks, along with tons of pubs and cafés where your pooch will receive a warm welcome. Majestic mountains, stunning glens and enchanting lochs to explore make the Scottish Highlands a dog-lovers paradise.

Sherwood Forest

What dog doesn’t like a walk in the woods and there are plenty in this world-famous home of the legendary Robin Hood; explore Attenborough Nature Reserve or enjoy one of the frequent dog-friendly events held in the 3000-acre Sherwood Pines, the largest forest in the Midlands is heaven for dogs, there are even trails where you can go Husky trekking.

Isle of Wight

One of the most dog-friendly places to visit in the UK, The Isle of Wight boasts over 500 miles of coastal footpaths through woodland and valleys offering stunning views for you and fascinating scents for Fido. Dogs are welcome on public transport here and many of the beaches are dog-friendly too including Woodside Bay a hidden gem recommended by locals

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Home to 3 national parks which include over 100 lakes, 37 miles of coastline and more open countryside than you can shake a stick at, your four-legged friend will love the freedom the open spaces in Wales provides. Add to that a huge range of dog-friendly attractions and accommodation and you have the perfect doggie holiday destination.

The Cotswolds

Spreading across 6 counties and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the Cotswolds is renowned for being dog-friendly. There are a series of dog-friendly guided walks around Silk Wood at the National Arboretum at Tetbury in Gloucestershire and Broadway Tower Country Park in Worcestershire is a great family day out where your pooch can even join you in the café after our stroll.


If you’re looking for a holiday where you can enjoy activities and things to do with your dog, you’ll be spoiled for choice in the stunning county of Dorset. Many events and attractions welcome dogs meaning no member of the family needs to be left behind; visit a museum, enjoy a game of fetch on one of the many dog friendly beaches and explore the dramatic Jurassic coastline; the opportunities are endless.

Last Word

Your pooch will enjoy spending quality time together as much as you will and with woodland retreats, mountains, beachside holiday parks and miles of open countryside to explore. The UK offers some of the finest dog-friendly destinations in the world.


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