Dogs are often a huge part of the family, and there are many places across England that you can visit for a typical dog-friendly visit. Here at VisitEngland we have scoured the country for surprising places you can take your furry friends. Words by Danielle Jones.
Nestled away in the heart of London’s Soho is The Society Club. Step in with your pups and you are greeted with shelves gloriously filled with rare and out of print books. Also contained within its walls are its own gallery and cafe, all of which are dog friendly.
For a historic doggy day out, head to Eastnor Castle set on the edge of the Cotswolds. This impressive and sumptuous castle allows dogs not only in its grounds, but inside the house as well. There are areas they can be let off lead and have plenty of refreshments and biscuit stops dotted around the grounds.
If your dog prefers the finer things in life then Egerton House in Knightsbridge may just be ticket. Set in one of the most exclusive London addresses, the hotel is not just dog friendly but considers them as much of a guest as you. Check out their pet spa, dog turn down service and their special pet high tea. Go on, spoil yourselves.
If Fido needs a little bit of relaxation, then head north to Raithwaite Estate, Yorkshire. Whilst you relax in their hotel and spa, their luxury dog spa will cater to your dog, whatever their breed. In addition to the spa, they also have dog lodges for overnight stays, complete with under floor heating and dog room service.
Tucked away on the south coast, Baliffscourt Hotel and Spa comes complete with dog-friendly rooms and dog concierge services. The dogs receive their own welcome pack complete with treats and tennis ball, and can curl up by the fire or even take a dip in the sea, all safe in the knowledge their humans are being well cared for.
Situated on the Cornish coast, you and your canine companions can pop in for a spot of tea and take in the beautiful art on offer at the Newlyn Art Gallery. This dog-friendly gallery is located on a beautiful walking spot so you can enjoy the scenery both on the outside and inside.
This open-air museum takes you and your furry friend back to the bygone days. Step on a tram to ride to the scenic streets and walk around the open grounds to see what life was like, before they were even a puppy. Dogs are welcome to the museum but are not allowed into the buildings.
Set in the Hampshire countryside, this 13th Century abbey has seen many sights over the years, with part of its church converted into a grand Tudor gatehouse. Dogs on leads are welcome as you head around the grounds and, despite being deep in the countryside, there are a number of cafés and garden centres nearby to get a fresh bowl of water and a cup of tea.
For a wonderful doggy day out in the New Forest, then Exbury Gardens are worth a visit. With over 22 miles of pathways within its gardens, adventure playgrounds for the kids and a steam railway that welcomes dogs on board, everybody will be kept amused in the great outdoors.
Set in the picturesque Wiltshire countryside, The Old Bell is a quintessentially English inn that welcomes dogs. Its beautiful lodgings have a number of dog-friendly rooms, plus your pets can join you in the bar to have a quiet drink and lay by the fire. You can even enjoy a spot of dinner with them in the dog-friendly lounge.
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