The 12 Best Dog Friendly Hotels in the UK
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The 12 Best Dog Friendly Hotels in the UK

The emergence of dog-friendly hotels in the UK has been a lifesaver for us dog owners. No longer do we need to leave our babies at home and pay the high dog-sitting fees. And let's face it, holidays are 10 times better with our dogs by our side. That's why in this blog, we'll share the 12 best dog-friendly hotels in the UK that range from luxury to budget options in the city and the country. So, if you're planning a dog-friendly staycation in the UK, read on...

Can dogs stay in UK hotels?

redeem your hotelgift on a dog friendly hotel uk First you're probably wondering whether dogs can even join you on your UK staycation, but thankfully the answer is yes. More and more UK hotels are accepting dogs, particularly those in more rural areas that are basically built for dogs. You may have to pay a small fee anywhere upwards from £15 per dog, per night but in return you are often provided a dog bowl, bed and dog-friendly facilities. It's always best to contact the hotel beforehand though to avoid any disappointment.

Why you should go on a pet friendly holiday

dogs playing on the beach in devon Going on a dog friendly holiday is actually a lot easier, and much more fun, than you think! Here are a few reasons why you should consider making your next holiday dog-friendly:
  • You can nature together: The UK is blessed with stunning landscapes, from rolling hills to beautiful coastlines. Bringing your dog allows you to explore these natural wonders together, enjoying long walks, hikes, and even beach outings. See the excitement in your dog's eyes as they romp through nature.
  • You save on dog-sitting fees: Leaving your dog behind can be stressful and costly, especially if you need to hire a dog-sitter or board them in a kennel. By choosing a dog-friendly hotel, you can avoid these additional expenses and have peace of mind knowing that your furry friend is right there with you, enjoying the holiday just as much as you are.
  • You can strengthen your bond: Our dogs are more than just pets; they are cherished family members who love us unconditionally. Taking them on holiday allows you to deepen your bond and create unforgettable memories together. The love and joy they bring to every moment truly enhances your travel experience.

The 12 Best Dog-Friendly Hotels in the UK

1. The Woofington Arms - London

Looking for the best dog friendly hotel in London? Meet The Woofington Arms. This charming pet friendly hotel warmly welcomes both you and your furry friend into their boutique accommodation. With dog-friendly rooms and even a doggy menu, your pup will feel like a pampered guest. The hotel also offers a complimentary dog-walking service, ensuring that your furry friend gets their daily exercise while you explore the vibrant city.

2. The Paw Palace - Edinburgh

dog friendly hotels UK: edinburgh greyfriars bobby Nestled in the picturesque city of Edinburgh, The Paw Palace is a luxury dog-friendly hotel that will pamper both you and your pup. From spacious dog-friendly rooms to beautifully manicured gardens, this hotel has it all. You can take leisurely strolls with your pup along the nearby scenic trails or explore the city's historic landmarks together. Consider taking a train to nearby North Berwick so that your dog can frolic on the beach as you munch down some delicious fish and chips.

3. The Wagtail Retreat - Lake District

dog friendly hotels UK lake district If you're a nature enthusiast, The Wagtail Retreat in the stunning Lake District is the perfect choice. As a dog-friendly country hotel, you'll be surrounded by breathtaking landscapes with direct access to scenic walking trails. Book a cosy dog-friendly cottage so that after a long day exploring, you and your pup can curl up by the fireplace and relax. The next day, walk along Lake Windermere or challenge yourself with a hike up Scafell Pike for stunning views. Explore Ullswater by renting a dog-friendly boat, or let your furry friend roam off-leash in Grizedale Forest. Don't miss the dog-friendly village of Grasmere, where you can visit Wordsworth's former home and indulge in delicious gingerbread. The Lake District offers endless adventures for you and your dog to cherish.

4. The Barkshire Manor - Cotswolds

Book a dog-friendly hotel in the countryside and experience the charm of the Cotswolds at The Barkshire Manor., a dog-friendly hotel that exudes elegance and sophistication. With its spacious grounds and well-manicured gardens, this hotel is a paradise for both you and your furry friend. Plus this dog-friendly UK town offers a treasure trove of activities for you and your four-legged friend. Start your pet-friendly holiday with a leisurely stroll along the Cotswold Way Trail. This extensive walking trail welcomes dogs on leads, and the Broadway Tower walk is a highlight, offering sweeping views that will leave you both in awe. For a burst of vibrant colours, head to Batsford Arboretum, where your well-behaved pup can explore alongside you. The gardens and woodlands are a treat for the senses. Cirencester Park is another canine paradise. Here, your dog can run freely while you revel in the beauty of the park's expansive green spaces. And when hunger strikes, venture to one of the Cotswolds' dog-friendly pubs, such as The Fleece Inn in Bretforton or The Ebrington Arms in Chipping Campden. They often have special treats for your furry friend and provide water bowls.

5. The Pawsome Inn - Brighton

If you're looking for a dog-friendly beach getaway, The Pawsome Inn in Brighton is the place to be. Located just steps away from the sandy shores, this dog-friendly beach hotel offers comfortable rooms with stunning sea views. Plus, Brighton is famous for its dog-friendly atmosphere, so you and your furry friend will feel right at home. Start your day with a walk down the iconic Brighton Pier before heading to Stanmer Park.  If your pup loves the water, visit Shoreham Beach, a dog-friendly beach where they can splash in the waves and frolic in the sand. Don't miss out on the picturesque South Downs National Park, offering breathtaking trails and panoramic views. End your day by visiting one of Brighton's dog-friendly cafes or pubs, such as The Hare and Hounds, where your furry friend can relax while you grab a bite to eat. Brighton truly offers a dog-friendly experience you won't want to miss.

6. The Canine Castle - Cornwall

If you're looking for a dog-friendly hotel by the sea, Cornwall is a sure winner. Take in the idyllic coastal beauty at The Canine Castle, a luxury dog-friendly hotel with breathtaking sea views. This hotel offers dog-friendly suites with private gardens so that your pup can roam freely making it the perfect destination for a pet-friendly holiday. Start your day at one of the dog-friendly beaches such as Fistral Beach in Newquay. Then, take a scenic coastal hike along the South West Coast Path, offering views of the cliffs and turquoise waters. Afterwards, head to the Eden Project, a dog-friendly botanical garden with beautiful gardens to explore. Finish your day with a delicious meal at one of Cornwall's many dog-friendly pubs and cafes, such as The Bowgie Inn in Crantock, offering stunning sea views. Cornwall is a paradise for dog owners, providing a perfect blend of natural beauty and pet-friendly experiences to create lasting memories.

7. The Green Park Hotel - Pitlochry

a woman and her dog up a hill near pitlochry after staying at a dog friendly hotel There's no better place for your dog than the lush Highlands of Scotland. Book a stay at the dog friendly Green Park Hotel and you'll have an excellent base for exploring the vast countryside of the nearby Cairngorms National Park but also venturing to the bigger cities south like Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Pitlochry itself is a picturesque Scottish town bursting with traditional stonework houses and surrounded by forests and lochs. After you and your dog have finished making the most of Scotland's incredible nature, stop for a cup of tea and a cake at the dog friendly Riverbank Cafe that's famous for its delicious millionaire shortbread.

8. Royal Golf Hotel - Dornoch

visit dunrobin castle when staying a dog friendly hotel in scotland Dog lovers and golf fanatics can rejoice at our next dog friendly hotel the 4-star Royal Gold Hotel, that allows dogs to come along for the ride at the very reasonable cost of £15 per dog per stay. If you're not familiar with Dornoch, it's situated about an hours drive north from Inverness so you can expect sprawling beaches with sand dunes, incredible wildlife and even the chance to spot dolphins. When staying in Dornoch, don't miss the chance to marvel at its cathedral founded all the way back in 1222 and visit the nearby Dunrobin Castle (although sadly your pup will need to stay at home while you enjoy these activities).

9. The Corona Hotel - Blackpool

a man and his dog stay in a dog friendly blackpool hotel and walk to the beach Our next dog friendly hotel lands us in Blackpool with the art-deco styled Corona Hotel Blackpool. Built in 1935, this dog friendly Blackpool hotel is only a few minutes walk from the seafront where your dog can roam free. The hotel is also close to Blackpool's Pleasure Beach theme park where you can explore at night while your pup rests. Please note that if you're planning on taking your dog with you, you should phone ahead as the hotel only accepts dog under 17kg. Previous guests have raved about the hotel's cleanliness, friendly owners and value for money, so what are you waiting for?

10. Fowey Hall Hotel - Cornwall

a dog near a dog friendly hotel in cornwall We're back in Cornwall again with our next dog friendly UK hotel, the Fowey Hall Hotel. Book a night here and you can enjoy incredible sea views, a spa for all ages (yes, kids too) and a family-friendly atmosphere. While in the area, you can take your dog for walks along Cornwall's world-famous beaches, check out the innovate Eden Project or even hire a boat on the estuary. But what really sets this pet-friendly hotel apart is that you can actually book Paw Breaks where your dog can pick meals from the A La Bark Menu, join you for afternoon tea and make use of the provided dog bed, bowls and even video monitors for when you're at dinner!

11. The Crown Hotel - Norfolk

Next on our list of the best dog friendly hotels in the UK, is The Crown Hotel in Norfolk. This boutique hotel is right next to the sea and comes with free parking making your dog friendly holiday stress free. The hotel's award-winning restaurant is a must visit when staying at the hotel where you can taste fresh, local ingredients. Norfolk is spoiled with its scenery and you can make the most of it but doing horse-riding, visiting nature reserves and going bird-watching.

12. The Cary Arms - Devon

a dog on a pet friendly holiday in devon Last on our list of the best pet friendly hotels in the UK is another coastal retreat. The Cary Arms is a luxury hotel on the beachfront that could double as a wellness retreat. You can book a dog-friendly room with a seafront view that come with deluxe coffee machines, a dog bed and a bowl. After you've explored the nearby countryside, visit the hotel's state-of-the-art spa complete with a sauna, hydrotherapy pool and steam room. If you're feeling peckish, you can choose to dine with your dog at the hotel's gastropub, where your four-legged friend can pick a doggy dinner. After your stay at this dog-friendly Devon hotel, you and your pup will be feeling recharged and relaxed.

Buy a Dog Friendly Hotel Gift Voucher

a woman relaxes in bed with her dog at one of the best dog-friendly hotels in the UK Now that you've discovered these incredible dog-friendly hotels, why not share the joy of a pet-friendly holiday with your fellow dog owners? Consider gifting them a Hotelgift, a unique gift voucher for hotels that allows them to choose from a wide selection of dog-friendly hotels in the UK and abroad. With Hotelgift, they can treat themselves and their beloved pup to a memorable pet-friendly holiday, filled with adventures and tail-wagging fun. But if they'd rather go further afield, we've got all the tips on the best pet-friendly hotels in Germany, Paris and the Netherlands.

Why wait? Book one of these Dog-Friendly Hotels Today

Don't let the thought of leaving your four-legged friend behind deter you from exploring the beauty of the UK. These 12 dog-friendly hotels in the UK offer the perfect combination of comfort, luxury, and a warm welcome for both you and your furry companion. And remember, a dog-friendly hotel voucher is a fantastic gift for dog owners needing some time away with their beloved pup. So pack your bags, grab your dog's lead, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure together.