Best dog-friendly breaks in Great Britain

Ideas for trips away with your four-legged friend, from the beaches of Pembrokeshire to the epic trails of the Peak District.
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Your dog is a big part of the family and a holiday without them just isn’t the same. 

You’ll find plenty of places in Great Britain to go mutts for, from the glorious beaches of Pembrokeshire to the epic trails of the Peak District. And when your day is done, there’s nothing better than curling up in one of our dog-friendly hotels.

Here are some of our top ideas for a holiday with your four-legged friend…


From secluded coves to long stretches of golden sand, Pembrokeshire really is top dog for a holiday.

Barafundle Bay – regularly voted one of the best beaches in the UK – is dog-friendly all year round. Who needs Barbados when you have a slice of the Caribbean here? There’s a steep walk-through pine trees and dunes down to the beach, but that all adds to the adventure.


Another beach ideal for splashing in the surf with your stick-chaser is Freshwater West, which featured in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Did you know? Pembrokeshire has more than 50 beaches that welcome dogs with open paws! Some do have restrictions in summer though, so check before you travel.

Where to stay: Best Western Lamphey Court Hotel & Spa has large grounds for exercising your dog.


With spectacular scenery and endless trails to explore, the Peak District will set tails wagging all day long.

The Jacob’s Ladder to Kinder Scout Low route is ideal for dogs with plenty of stamina, while canines who prefer a gentler stroll can stretch their legs on The Roaches, a short circular walk with stunning panoramic views. 


Also not to be missed is Chatsworth House, where you can explore the beautiful grounds with your canine chum.

Did you know? Dogs can ride with you in the cable cars at the Heights of Abraham attraction at Matlock Bath.

Where to stay: Base yourself at Best Western Plus Sheffield Mosborough Hall,  right in the heart of the Peak District.


Everyone likes a slap-up meal on holiday, so why shouldn’t your dog eat like a king too? The Orange Tree in Thornham just outside Hunstanton takes dog-friendly pubs to another level. Its canine menu includes pigs ears and gravy, doggie sausage rolls and probiotic salmon, chicken or lamb. Humans are well-catered for too with a menu of gourmet dishes.


Also worth a visit is the dog-friendly beach cafe in Old Hunstanton, which has homemade snacks for your hungry hound.

Did you know? Norfolk has several local ice cream-makers who make ice cream for dogs.

Where to stay: Book a courtyard room at Kings Lynn Knights Hill Hotel, BW Signature Collection to stay with your dog. 


If doggy paradise existed, it would look a lot like Portobello, Edinburgh’s charming seaside suburb.


Among the many businesses catering for canines is Crumbs of Portobello, which sells dog treats from a van on the promenade, and Harry’s Gourmet Treats, a popular dog bakery that offers a variety of goodies, including haggis, neeps and tatties snacks, a chicken isotonic drink and a dog yoghurt packed with vitamins.

There’s also a dog-grooming salon in the resort, along with several pubs and cafes that welcome four-legged visitors. And, if you want a bit of time to yourself, a pet sitter will look after your dog for you.

Did you know? There are six statues and memorials dedicated to dogs in Edinburgh, including Greyfriars Bobby, who guarded his master’s grave for 14 years.


Where to stay: Best Western Kings Manor Hotel is within walking distance of Portobello Beach.


Tantalise your dog’s senses with a wander through some of Gloucestershire’s best parks and gardens.

Your furry friend’s nose will be working overtime at Batsford Arboretum as it sniffs out exotic shrubs and trees in this colourful garden in the gorgeous Cotswolds countryside. You’ll find dog drinking water points throughout the park, and your pet can join you in the garden centre and cafe.


Upton Wold Garden near Chipping Campden is a delightful hidden gem. It’s open to the public, including dogs on leads, on Wednesdays and Thursdays until the end of September.

Did you know? An annual dog swim takes place in Gloucestershire to mark the end of the summer season at Sandford Parks Lido.

Where to stay: You’ll get a box of doggy goodies in your room when you take your pet for a stay at the Three Ways House Hotel, BW Signature Collection


If you are looking for more dog friendly hotels make sure you have a look at all our pet friendly hotels here.

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