Top 10 places to take your dog on holiday in the UK

Are you planning a holiday with your beloved canine friend? Find your inspiration with our top dog-friendly holidays in the UK.


There’s no need to discount cities as fabulous holiday destinations just because you plan on taking your dog! Brighton is a popular destination, bursting with energy. There’s a massive selection of places to eat, drink and be merry! Not to mention the beach, pier and coastal promenade.

Known as one of the most lively and cosmopolitan cities in the UK, Brighton welcomes dogs in many of its shops, cafes, pubs and hotels. Brightonians, if that’s the right term, are big dog lovers, making this a perfect city holiday destination for you and your dog!

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Newquay, Cornwall

Breathtaking Cornwall is an excellent location for dog-friendly holidays. If you are trying to decide, ‘where’s the best place to take my dog on holiday in Cornwall?’ we suggest you research Newquay. It’s not just a surfing mecca. There are 10 dog-friendly beaches nearby and boasts the highest number of cafes, pubs and restaurants in the UK that welcome dogs. In addition, there are many holiday flats, cottages and holiday parks. Newquay is a perfect place for a family holiday. If you are planning to take the kids and your dog, Newquay is a top destination!

Discover Newquay here.

The Lake District

The breathtaking Lake District! Undisputedly, one of the most beautiful locations in the whole of the British Isles. This stunning national park is bursting with walking opportunities. Your canine will be in doggie heaven! With all their open spaces, it comes as no surprise to find the Lake District is accustomed to welcoming tourists along with their beloved dogs.

The Lake District has 20 dog-friendly English Heritage sites. If you enjoy discovering ancient remains and historical ruins, we recommend the Lake District. We’d choose this dog-friendly destination for history lovers and walkers over other UK holidays with dogs. 

Find out more about the Lake District here.

Yorkshire Dales

Always awe-inspiring but desolate and windswept in places in the Yorkshire Dales makes an ideal destination for your dog-friendly holidays. Pack your walking boots! You can’t visit the Yorkshire Dales without hiking to the top of one of the ‘Dales 30.’ Choose an appropriately challenging hike for you and your dog from one of the various sized mountains!  

Don’t worry, the Dales aren’t just hills and mountains! There are many cute villages and towns to visit. Many of them welcome dogs.

Find out more about the Yorkshire Dales here.

Edinburgh, Scotland

If you are looking for a city that loves dogs, try Edinburgh! There are many choices of dog-friendly accommodation, open green spaces, as well as pubs and restaurants. Edinburgh provides the hustle and bustle of a city break with the convenience of a dog loving location. A Scottish gem, this is a popular destination throughout the year.

Before you go, check out the tourist attractions that admit dogs to find suitable places. You’ll make your holiday as stress-free as possible.

Discover Edinburgh here.

Dartmoor, Devon

You’ll find lovely Dartmoor located in Devon. It’s one of our fantastic national parks! The windswept moors support many kinds of flora and fauna, including the free-range Dartmoor ponies. You’ll be spoilt for choice when discovering the hidden delights of Dartmoor. There are many excellent walking routes for you and your dog.

Dartmoor is accustomed to welcoming dogs so you’ll find plenty of holiday accommodation choices. Historic pubs and restaurants are dotted throughout the moors. We are sure that you and your dog companion will have a fun time seeking them out!

Explore Dartmoor here.

Southend on Sea

When you think, ‘where’s the best place to take my dog on holiday?’ Southend of Sea might not be the first place that springs to mind. But, don’t discount it! You’ll find 8 dog-friendly beaches, green and open spaces galore and tons of options when it comes to accommodation that accepts dogs.

Southend on Sea is one of our top locations for any dog lovers living in the South East or London. Sometimes it’s nice to have a dog-friendly holiday option without having to travel too far!

Find out more about Southend on Sea here.

Where’s the very best place to take my dog on holiday?

We spent much time deliberating the best location for UK holidays with dogs. Our favourite number one spot is Anglesey!

A stunning island off the coast of North Wales, it has the most open green spaces and dog-friendly beaches in the UK for your dog to enjoy. With plenty of pubs and cafes that welcome dogs, there is also a huge range of properties that accept doggy guests.

Anglesey has many miles of walking routes. The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path and much of the coast have been declared an Outstanding Natural Beauty Area. Stunning scenery, unspoilt beaches and quaint towns and villages await you and your dog. What other reason do you need?

Find out more about Anglesey here.

Wherever you decide to go for your dog-friendly holiday, we wish you and your dog safe travels and a very happy time!

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