Dog-Friendly Holidays in the UK

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Planning Your Dog-Friendly Holiday in the UK

Some travellers want to take their canine companions when embarking on a holiday trip. That's fine if you are travelling within the UK, with an ever-increasing number of dog-friendly cities and attractions.

Dog-Friendly Holidays in the United Kingdom: Top Holiday Lettings

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Nailsworth, Stroud District, United Kingdom
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Camber, Rother District, United Kingdom
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House ∙ 5 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Sedbergh, South Lakeland District, United Kingdom
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House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Trewen, Cornwall, United Kingdom
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Ilfracombe, North Devon District, United Kingdom
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Holiday park ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Ilfracombe, North Devon District, United Kingdom
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Shaldon, Stokeinteignhead, United Kingdom
from £21
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Camping ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Oakford, Mid Devon District, United Kingdom
from £27
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Bungalow ∙ 2 guests ∙ 6 bedrooms
Felixstowe, Suffolk Coastal District, United Kingdom
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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 for a holiday with your dog? Let’s find out!

Mapped: The Most Dog Friendly Holiday Destinations in the UK

The North East of England takes first place 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. While in Cornwall you would still find 37.5% of holiday lettings allowing your pet to stay with you, it will be much harder in the South East, where 87.5% of the rentals don't allow pets. However, London is even worse for pet owners. Greater London is indeed a challenging region to find pet-friendly lodgings, with only 5.3% of houses welcoming pets - far from the national English average of 30%.

But let’s be more specific - how pet-friendly are different cities in the UK?

A graph showing how pet friendly different cities in the UK are

St David’s is the most dog-friendly city in the UK! 55.4% of lettings in this small Welsh city allow dogs to stay. St David’s also offers holidaymakers some of the finest coastline in Europe, 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 holiday homes allowing pets. Closely following are 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 don't take dogs, rising to 93% in ManchesterLeeds is the worst holiday destination for pet-owners, with only 4 in 100 homes accepting dogs.


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Travel Advice for Holidays with Dogs

Travelling with your dog is not as hard as it seems. With a little planning, you can travel with your pet around Britain. That said, it’s important to consider a few things before 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.

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 them pass their head through the window, which could cause eye and ear 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 of suffering 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.

Methodology

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 was used to provide reliable averages. Data was extracted in September 2016.


The Most Dog-friendly Big Cities in the UK

You may be pleasantly surprised at the number of UK cities that not only welcome travellers with dogs but go out of their way to make your visit convenient. Dog-friendly holidays in the UK are easier to find than ever before.

  • 1. Nottingham

    Famous for the legends of Robin Hood, Nottingham is a city about 125km north of London. Check out charming Bestwood Park by the River Leen, a favourite for locals and their pets. Emma Holland Mountain Training offers all kinds of outdoor adventures for you and your canine companion.

  • 2. Cardiff

    This is a lively port city on the south coast of Wales. Both the modestly-priced Ibis Hotel and the upscale Copthorne welcome travellers with dogs and if your dog-friendly holidays in the UK allow for some time in the pub, check out these dog-welcoming favourites: The Lansdowne, Horse and Jockey, and The Pen & Wig. Visit the indoor dog park Action Petz.

  • 3. Liverpool

    Dogs are welcome all over the city in the home of The Beatles. The social group Dog Lovers Liverpool organises regular group walks. Destinations include Walton Hall Park, Formby Beach, Calderstones Park and Sefton Park. Lark Lane’s Milo Lounge in South Liverpool is the spot for a casual lunch after a long dog walk.

Best Places to Stay for Dog-Friendly Holidays in the United Kingdom

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The Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom
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House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Heanor, Heanor and Loscoe, United Kingdom
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House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Easton, City of Bristol, United Kingdom
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Outdoor Destinations in the UK Your Dog Will Love

Dogs love playing outdoors and romping through a new landscape. Check out these outdoor adventures for you and your canine companion for dog-friendly Holidays in the UK.

  • 1. Cornwall

    This seaside destination offers plenty of fun for you and your furry friend. Dog-friendly beaches include Gillan Creek, Kennack Sands east and Mylor.Visit The Cornish Arms in St. Merryn for lovely traditional pub food and a pint.

  • 2. Swinton Park

    Near the market town of Masham in North Yorkshire, this 32-bedroom hotel is set on 200 acres of parkland, lakes and gardens. Specific rooms are designated for canine visitors and the surrounding area features rivers, reservoirs, moorland, dales and lovely landscapes.

  • 3. The Isle of Skye

    Dogs of all sizes and breeds love to roam outdoors and the Isle of Skye offers rugged landscapes, picturesque fishing villages and places by the water. Coral Beach near Dunvegan is the perfect place for swimming with your dog. If you want to camp, try the campsite at the end of Glen Brittle with its dog-friendly beach.

Recommended Holiday Lettings for Dog-Friendly Holidays in the United Kingdom

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Bwlch-y-ffridd, Aberhafesp, United Kingdom
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Tittensor, Swynnerton, United Kingdom
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