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Why leave the dog at home? There are so many places that suit the entire family’s holiday needs: including Fido. With more hotels, pubs, parks and beaches becoming pet-friendly, there’s no limit to the places you can take your dog. It sure beats dishing out on costly kennel fees.

The best destinations for dog-owners have plenty of room to move around. National Parks are perfect, and Britain has plenty of great parks to offer that have room to roam for your dog, historical points of interest and beautiful scenery to explore.

Where to take your dog on holidays

Historic days out: there are a tonne of English Heritage and National Trust properties that are dog-friendly. Browse the list of dog-friendly properties on English Heritage’s website. Pets are welcome at most countryside National Trust places, although not inside houses, restaurants or gardens.

Parks and beaches: most beaches around Britain are dog-free, especially in summer, but there are some 430+ beaches and coastal trails that permit dogs year-round including Perranporth Beach in Cornwall and Embleton Bay in Northumberland. Pobbles Bay in Gower and Durdle Door in Dorset are also dog-friendly and are spectacularly beautiful. For park holidays, try Hampshire New Forest or the Lake District.


Don’t forget the three golden rules for visiting a park:

  1. Always clean up after your dog.
  2. Keep a lead handy.
  3. Don’t let your dog chase after other animals.

We all remember Fenton in Richmond Park, don’t we?

Want to travel further afield with your pet? Check out our guide: Tips for flying with your dog or cat.

Img: thisisjoshbrown, johngoode / Flickr cc.

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