Where should you travel with your pet in the UK?

Pet owners, the first question that should come to your mind when going to your holiday letting is if your dog or cat will be allowed.
We analysed more than 50,000 lettings available in the United Kingdom to find the most pet-friendly locations in the country. Which destinations offer the most options to stay over with your dog? Let’s find out!

North East of England is the region that carries off the laurels as the most pet-friendly region in the UK. Half of the holiday homes here can accommodate both owners and their fluffy friends. Besides, many of the National Trust Beaches where you could have amazing walks welcome dogs all year long. Wales is also a great place to go on holiday with your dog as 48.8% of these accommodations take pets in. The third place goes to Yorkshire and Humber where 42% of the holiday homes and apartments allow dogs.

The north part of England is an excellent place to head for some R&R as a pet owner as the different regions all offer a solid number of accommodations suitable to bring your pets. On the other hand, you will find it harder to find a holiday home matching this criterion in the south of England. As a matter of fact, whereas in Cornwall you would still find 37.5% of holiday lettings allowing your pet to stay with you, it will be much harder in South East where 87.5% of the rentals would not accommodate your pet. However, Greater London is a region which is even worse for pet owners. Greater London is indeed a challenging region to find pet-friendly lodgings with only 5.3% houses welcoming pets. Very far from the national English average of 30%.

But let’s be more specific, how open are cities regarding pet-friendliness?

St David’s is the city in the UK where dogs are the more tolerated! 55.4% of lettings in this Welsh city allow dogs to stay. St David’s also offers some of the finest coastline in Europe to holidaymakers, a complete change of scenery for pet owners who are used to walking their dogs in bustling cities. Llandudno comes in second of our ranking with 41.5% of area holiday homes allowing pets. Closely following is Swansea (40.1%) and then Torquay (40%).

Unsurprisingly, cities with the highest percentage of pet-friendly accommodations are coastal cities, where you could enjoy idyllic walks along the sea or the ocean. In large cities, it gets harder to find lettings where dogs are welcome For instance, 77.7% of holiday rentals in York do not take dogs in and such odds rise to 93% when it comes to Manchester! Leeds is the worst holiday destination for pet-owners where only an average of 4 in 100 homes accept dogs.



Travel Advice for Pet-Owners

Travelling with your dog is not as hard as it seems. With a little planning, you could travel with your pet around Britain. This aside, it’s important to mind certain aspects when choosing a means of transportation.

Travelling by train:

  • Both on the train and on the platform, dogs must always be kept on a lead. Dogs, cats, or birds without leads must be carried in an enclosed basket, cage or pet carrier. This carrier needs to be set on the floor and not on the seat next to yours.
  • You can travel with up to two dogs, cats or other small animals without charge. However, this right could be revoked if your animal endangers or inconveniences passengers/staff.
  • If you plan to travel with a dog in Sleepers, you should book at least 48 hours in advance.

Check http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/luggage_animals.aspx for more information

Travelling by car:

  • Take a break every two hours for you and for your fluffy friend. Keep the dog on a leash.
  • Do not let him pass their head through the window to avoid eyes and ears problems.
  • Comfortably situate your animal at the rear of the vehicle. Small animals can be left in their cart. For large dogs, organise a grid or a separating net.
  • When you open the door, watch out that your pet does not run away.
  • Never leave your pet in your car while it’s sunny, even with open windows. The temperature can quickly reach over 50 ° C. At this temperature, the animal is at risk to suffer a heat stroke which could be fatal! Go to a vet if you see any symptoms of heat stroke (drooling, panting, purple tongue).

Travelling by plane:

  • Conditions for bringing animals differ between airline companies. Some offer you to take your animal with you into the cabin without charge while others will ask you to pay for an additional ticket. Check these conditions to avoid surprises when bringing your animal with you.

HomeToGo analysed more than 50,000 holiday homes across the different regions and cities in the UK to create an average of available lettings that allow pets. Yearly data were used to provide reliable averages. Data was extracted in September 2016.