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The Finest Pet-Pleasant Locations In The UK

If you’re looking for a pet friendly destination, your search may never end! But don’t worry – we did all the work for you. In this article, we’re going to explore 10 destinations in the UK that allow pets, and we’re also going to give you some tips on what to do when traveling with your furry friend.

Pet owners are happy! Now is the time to vacation these top travel destinations with your best buddy by your side!

Pet Friendly Vacation Destinations in the UK

Cornwall, England

We start in the picturesque county of Cornwall. Known for its dramatic natural surroundings, this destination on the south-west tip of England is the perfect place for those who love the sea and dream of exploring rugged cliffs, sandy beaches or quaint fishing villages with their pet by their side.

In addition to spectacular scenery and coastal landscapes, Cornwall also offers a variety of attractions for visitors traveling with their pets. Some of the best pet friendly things to do in Cornwall include exploring the county’s quaint harbor villages like Fowey and Falmouth, as well as admiring local gardens like the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Trebah Garden.

If you’re visiting the Eden Project, which is one of Cornwall’s most iconic attractions, good news is on your bucket list: the place is home to a dog-friendly outdoor garden with miles of scenic walking routes for your four-legged buddy to run and play around with.

Another great thing to do with your pet is to explore the county’s 400-mile coastline on the local trails. One of the best walks for dog owners in Cornwall is the short and scenic walk from St Agnes to Perranporth Beach, a well-known dog-friendly beach in Cornwall.

In addition to numerous pet-friendly outdoor activities, Cornwall also offers a variety of accommodation options for travelers and their four-legged friends, including the Old Coastguard Hotel, which offers luxury accommodation in Penzance Bay overlooking the ocean.

Lake District National Park, England

English Lake District mountains in summer.  The view from Red Pike over the Mosedale Valley to Yewbarrow, Great Gable, Kirk Fell and the Scafell Range

The Lake District National Park is one of the most beautiful places in England to visit with your pet! There are plenty of scenic walks that are perfect for hiking and exploring the great outdoors. Make sure to check out Grasmere, which has some great dog friendly pubs for a great time with your dog.

The Lake District National Park in Cumbria, in northwest England, is also a popular destination for all types of travelers, whether they’re in the mood to visit museums and exhibitions, or go outside with their pets. There are many different beauty spots to enjoy your time with your furry buddy, such as Windermere, a 11-mile long lake, mountains, valleys, villages, towns and a sparkling coastline.

Peak District National Park, England

Purple heather in the Peak District National Park

The Peak District National Park near Manchester and Sheffield in the north of England is a fantastic place for those who want to spend their vacation time outdoors with their four-legged friend.

The Peak District is considered one of the most scenic national parks in England and has more than 600 square kilometers of open space. There are plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife or explore the limestone pavements around Castleton at Dovestone Reservoir.

Visitors can also take advantage of some stunning walking routes like the Ian Drake Way to explore majestic waterfalls before arriving at Monsal Head – this section is perfect for dog lovers as dogs are allowed to be kept on a leash! Chatsworth House

Dovedale National Nature Reserve, England

A working dog, Border Collie Cross Labrador, crosses the famous Dovedale stepping stones on one of the UK's most famous public walking and hiking routes in the Derbyshire Peak District National Park

The majestic Dovedale National Nature Reserve is a large area in the Peak District near Buxton. This sprawling nature reserve is considered one of the best places to visit with your best friend as it has an amazing mix of beautiful features such as ancient ash forests, wildflowers, grasslands, river wildlife, limestone peaks, caves and reef hills.

Travelers to the Dovedale Reserve are likely to stay in Ashbourne, an atmospheric market town that offers a variety of pet-friendly accommodations, including charming cottages and bed and breakfasts.

Murlough National Nature Reserve, Northern Ireland

Herd of wild horses in Murlough National Nature Reserve, Northern Ireland

The Murlough National Nature Reserve is a fragile 6000 year old sand dune system that is not only the largest sand dune system in Northern Ireland, but also one of the few remaining examples of natural coastal habitat. This national nature reserve protects plants and animals that cannot be found anywhere else on earth, including the “Lady’s Slipper” orchid, which blooms from February to May.

This nature lover’s paradise is one of the best places to vacation with your pup. One of the best ways to explore the Murlough National Nature Reserve is to take scenic walks through the various local habitats. Visit the 3 mile (3 mile) dog-friendly North Point Trail for viewing a variety of wildlife.

Nottingham, England

Wollaton Hall was one of the places Wayne Manor was in

Located in Nottinghamshire in the lower valley of the River Trent, Nottingham is a true wonderland for dog owners as it offers a dazzling array of lush parks and outdoor spaces. While there, be sure to take a stroll with your furry buddy in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, where you can explore forests, bogs, wetlands, and open grasslands.

Other amazing places to visit in Nottingham with pets include Wollaton Hall and Deer Park, an Elizabethan country house with 500 acres of parkland, and Bestwood Country Park, which offers beautiful woodland walks. The Nottingham Arboretum, with a stunning collection of over 800 trees, is another must-see for you and your pet in Nottingham.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle is perched on Castle Rock in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Edinburgh is home to some historic castles, mountains, beaches, and forests that are perfect to explore any time of the year (and any time of year). Edinburgh is a prime destination for a getaway with your pooch. This fascinating city is known for its landmarks like Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Abbey and Arthur’s Seat. It might seem strange, but some locals even believe their dogs were reborn as former humans!

Some of the best puppy-friendly areas are lush Harrison Park, Holyrood Park at the base of the Royal Mile, and Portobello Beach. Not far from the beach there is a dog bakery called Harry’s Treat which has its own gourmet dog menu for your pooch!

London, England

Big Ben overlooking the River Thames in London, England.

You may think London is only for people, but this bustling destination is among the best dog-friendly cities in the world. Whether you’re in town for a day or a week, don’t miss the opportunity to take your pooch to London’s famous Royal Parks, including Hyde Park, St. James’s Park, Regent’s Park and Kensington Gardens .

Beach babies can take their furry friend to Ruislip Lido dog beach to run on the sandy beach, swim in the water and explore London’s diverse collection of neighborhoods – from colorful Notting Hill to trendy Shoreditch.

Would you like to go the extra mile while pampering your pet? Then visit some of the best boutiques in London like Mungo & Maud, Swish London and Pet Pavilion and pamper your dog or cat with unique accessories and stylish accessories.

Cardiff, Wales

Cardiff Bute Park in autumn

If you’re looking for a refreshing break from the normally cloudy Welsh weather, Cardiff is your answer. This thriving metropolis is a cosmopolitan city on the south coast of Wales. It has embraced its unique culture while retaining old world charm.

If you are looking to experience one of the UK’s oldest cities with your pet, make sure to include visits to the lush and enjoyable local parks on your Cardiff bucket list. Some of the city’s best dog-friendly parks are Valleys Wildlife Park, Pontcanna Fields, and Sophia Gardens.

Dog lovers can also combine a stroll in Cardiff city center with a leisurely stroll in Bute Park, known as the “green heart” of the city.

In addition to a variety of green parks, Cardiff also has a remarkable selection of dog-friendly cafes, including the Secret Garden Cafe with a pleasant outdoor area and The Stable, known for its excellent pizza.

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