If your holiday doesn’t feel complete without the dog, don’t worry. There’s no need to leave your four-legged friend behind when you book a break in these pet-friendly holiday destinations, all of which have dog-friendly beaches nearby (check local tourist information centre for times and areas). Unleash your dog’s sense of adventure and let them bound along the shore, chase a frisbee or paddle in the waves… these pet-friendly places are sure to get tails wagging. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite by 12th November!
At Holiday Lettings (part of TripAdvisor), we used a special algorithm to see every review on our site, identifying UK destinations with the highest percentage of reviews mentioning dog-friendly, leaving us with some of the top pet-friendly places that travellers rave about.
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#1 Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
Nestled between world-renowned Holkham beach and Blakeney Point, the pretty harbour town of Wells-next-the-Sea is perfect for a pooch-friendly getaway. Most of the beaches here have no restrictions when it comes to letting dogs roam free, so they can tear along the sand until their heart’s content! Holkham beach welcomes dogs year-round, and the pine forests and dunes are stunning. Stop for fish and chips en route before heading back to your pet-friendly holiday home. This pet-friendly holiday destination is a must for dog owners the world over!
#2 Perranporth, Cornwall
Dogs are currently allowed on Perranporth beach all year around. During July and August, they’ll need to be on a lead between 10am and 5pm. In the summer months, why not take them for an early morning jog when it’s quiet. Or maybe enjoy a romantic stroll with your beloved (and your other half) as the sun sets? If you’re in need of a little refreshment, try the Watering Hole pub just near the beach – dogs are allowed in the bar, in the dining area and on the terrace, so it’s a great place to stop whatever the weather. And if your dog has been rolling around in the sand all day, there are even dog-friendly showers at the beach!
#3 Camber, East Sussex
With its vast Camber Sands beach, wide shallow sea and picture-perfect picnic spots, it’s easy to see why this charming village is a popular choice for pet owners. There are plenty of places to park near the beach so take a frisbee, some doggy treats and a camera and get some fantastic pictures of your four-legged friend as they frolic on the beach. Or if you want to take in the scenery of this beautiful area, enjoy a ride on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, where dogs are welcome.
#4 Woolacombe, Devon
During peak season (May – Sept) you’ll need to stick to clearly marked dog friendly zones, while the rest of the year (Oct – April), dogs can roam free. Woolacombe is a fantastic pet-friendly destination, whatever the season. As one of the South West’s most iconic seaside resorts, expect a warm welcome and a whole host of things to see and do. Aside from its three miles of wonderful golden sand, it’s part of the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Take a walk to admire the wildlife before stopping at a cafe to enjoy a fresh crab sandwich.
#5 Filey, Yorkshire
Situated on the North Sea Coast between Scarborough and Bridlington, this traditional seaside resort makes the perfect dog-friendly holiday spot. The long, sandy beach and the nearby facilities—such as cafes, arcades and restaurants—make it perfect for families… and their dog! The nearby Glen Gardens, with its park and wood carvings, make a great spot for a picnic en route to the beach. Filey has something for everyone, so why not make this pretty seaside town the place for your next pet-friendly break?
#6 Keswick, Cumbria
Awarded ‘The Most Dog-Friendly Town’ by the Kennel Club three years in a row, this charming Lake District town is a haven for dogs and their owners. Take a stroll with your pooch and admire the awe-inspiring mountain range of Skiddaw. The natural beauty surrounding the town of Keswick is thought to have provided inspiration to the famous romantic poets of the age, including William Wordsworth. In the town, potter around the streets to find cosy taverns and intriguing shops to keep you content while you’re in the north lakes.
#7 St Merryn, Cornwall
This Cornish gem with its dog-friendly beach is ideal for a holiday with your hound. As you drive into the village, you’ll see a sign saying “Seven Bays for Seven Days”. This’ll give you some idea of the stunning coastal scenery this quiet parish has in store for you. Pack some snacks and head off for a day’s walking along the Trevose Head Heritage Coast. The trail has a stunning natural beauty, tracing an intricate thread of coves, cliffs, and beaches from Porthcothan all the way round to Padstow.
#8 Rhosneigr, North Wales
With its scenic coastal path and dog-friendly beach, the seaside village of Rhosneigr is sure to get the paw of approval from your pet. South West of Anglesey, the village is a good base from which to explore the surrounding area. The town of Holyhead is within easy reach and is well worth a visit. Back in Rhosneigr itself, the award-winning sandy beach will keep you and your dog happy for hours. Stroll around the narrow streets and you’ll find a variety of of restaurants and pubs in which to enjoy a meal and a drink to wind down in at the end of the day.
#9 Polperro, Cornwall
Just a few miles down the coast from Fowey and Looe, there’s a dreamy little fishing village that is packed full of Cornish charm. Idyllic in appearance (largely due to the patchwork of quaint fishermen’s cottages which decorate the harbour), Polperro offers one of the most attractive coastlines in the UK. It also has some fantastic dog-friendly beaches. Head to Lansallos beach is a small sand and rock cove near to Pencarrow Head Polperro. On the East of the beach is a small waterfall called Reed Water which used to power a small mill. To visit Lansallos Beach; the walk down there past the church is a joy in itself! For far reaching views and a secluded beach, visit Lantic Bay. Your dog will thank you!
#10 Minehead, Somerset
With a range of dog-friendly pubs, restaurants, cafes and holiday rentals, enjoying a stay with your dog in Minehead is a breeze. The long, flat sandy beach is dog-friendly and the promenade perfect for an afternoon stroll. Spend the day building sandcastles while the family dog digs in the sand, or potter around the harbour with its RNLI station and pleasure boat cruises. In the evening, let your dog take a break while you see a show at the Regal Theatre before eating out. Or simply relax and tuck into a takeaway back at your holiday rental.
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