Our 'Pet Holidays Brochure' gives pets and owners alike the chance to discover some of the most fur-friendly spots the UK has to offer.
Spend some quality time together in some of the country's most beautiful natural landscapes, pop for a pampering at a pet-spa or grooming salon, then chow down together in a dog-friendly pub or restaurant before putting your paws up at one of our dog-friendly hotels.
Nestled amongst breath-taking natural landscapes, Stirling is the perfect place to whisk your canine away for a holiday adventure. Explore the county’s rich heritage with a trip to the Stirling Castle Grounds, pamper your pet with some designer tiger stripes, or simply ramble the lochs and mountains of the Trossachs National Park – just don’t forget the slobbery tennis ball!
Every pet deserves a little extra TLC from time to time, especially on holiday. Pet Styling by Sarah offers grooming services as well as luxury spa treatments that will leave your pup feeling pampered!
Want to give your pooch a little makeover? Popping into Pampers Dog Stylists in Dunblane is the perfect place to try some ‘creative grooming’ for some style and glamour – why not try tiger stripes for your retriever, or some flower power for your poodle!
Enjoy a carnival-style day out with your pet at the GUVMA Rodeo., held annually around April. Browse stalls and food trucks, see animal performances and interact with a range of animals, or get stuck in with laser tag and a bouncy castle- the event caters for the whole family!
Head to the greenery and footpaths of the University of Stirling where you now walk your dog on campus (on a lead) and wander around the loch, fields, and many lanes. The campus also has some shops and a Starbucks to pick up a coffee before heading into woodlands, where you can let your pooch roam free!
Scotland’s Queen Elizabeth Forest Park is a picture-perfect destination for scenic landscapes, fresh air, and walkies! Overlooking a number of lochs, woods, and mountains, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park’s many pathways and green spaces are ideal for a long, relaxing ramble with the much loved tennis ball.
Known as the home of fairies, Doon Hill in Aberfoyle offers open countryside, woodlands, and river banks for your dog to run, jump, swim, and even chase a fairy or two as you explore the beautiful Scottish landscape with your pet.
Take in a little history and culture as you stroll with Stirling’s Riverside Heritage Trail. It takes you and the pup on a 2 mile walk around the River Forth, letting you enjoy unique views of Scottish heritage – look out for Stirling Castle and Cambuskenneth Abbey!
With dogs permitted on all outdoor sites, owners can walk around the exterior of the famous Doune Castle, see the sights of the River Teith and Ben Lomond, and explore the 14th century fortress grounds.
Dogs are allowed on site at the 35 metre tall Falkirk Wheel, and are given access to water bowls as you explore the surrounding area. There are opportunities for walking, fishing, and cycling, as well as plenty of Scottish heritage to see!
The ideal capital for a lively ‘dog in the city’ getaway, Cardiff offers a range of activities for you and your puppy pal – from fun fairs to live music, and more. The city is also just a short drive from the famous Brecon Beacons, bursting with natural treasures for you and your dog to explore, discover, and sniff - yes even owners might want a whiff of the wild flora!
Taking place yearly in May, the The South Wales Dog and Family Fun Day is an event bursting with things to see and do for pets and owners alike. With live music, a fun fair, plenty of treats for dogs and humans, the Fun Day is the perfect activity for your pet holiday itinerary - it is also a Yellow Dog-friendly event.
Located in the heart of Wales’ capital, Bute Park gives dogs 56 hectares of freedom in the shape of woodlands, river banks, and stretches of greenery, as well as providing plenty of fascinating natural and historical scenery for the owners to enjoy.
Covering 55 acres of land with greenery and vegetation, Dyffryn Gardens is home to an array of dog-friendly spots for walkies – including a rose garden and Pompeian garden, as well as an arboretum.
Pontcanna Fields is a stretch of parkland near the River Taff, offering plenty of open space for dog walking and cycling along the riverbank.
Situated in the centre of the city, The Angel Hotel offers a convenient starting point for exploring Cardiff. The Victorian-style architecture and elegant interior creates a luxury atmosphere as you settle into your room and get comfortable with your canine companion –The Angel also offer water bowls for their doggy guests.
Dogs on leads are most welcome at The Nursery Tavern in Warwickshire, the perfect place for a traditional pub meal and a refreshing drink – water bowls are provided for your tail-wagging pal.
Stoneleigh Park hosts The Pet Show in Warwickshire between July and August each year, offering a variety of animal demonstrations and performances, educational workshops, stalls and shopping areas, and plenty of activities for you and your dog to enjoy.
Allesley Park is bursting with vast stretches of greenery, picturesque
landscapes, and plentiful play areas - ideal for walkies and family fun. With
a pavilion selling cold drinks and snacks, the park is a good spot to spend the day.
Walking in Ufton Fields Nature Reserve will take you and your doggy around the green space, walking through many types of habitat and seeing (or chasing) an array of different species of butterflies and dragonflies!
Warwickshire’s lush parkland and wide range of historical sites make the county perfect for a few doggy-days off! Depending on your (or your pup’s) mood, you can drop in on some animal-themed fun in Stoneleigh Park, take a long stroll around Kenilworth Castle, or just settle in for a quiet meal, a few dog treats, and some quality time relaxing in a pup-friendly pub!
The natural beauty of the Cotswolds is perfect for exploring with man’s best friend. Take your canine pal rambling across huge lavender fields, give them a refreshing dip in a doggy pool, and end the evenings with them happily munching on doggy treats as you tuck into delicious pub classics
The Talbot is a dog-friendly pub in Cheltenham,
serving up a delicious menu of venison haunch,
Cornis hake, real ales, and more, while setting down a
water bowl for your pup while you eat.
The Gloucester Old Spot welcomes dogs in its bar and garden,
serving up fresh water bowls and doggy treats. Owners can sample
dishes such as the chargrilled beef burger or the roasted hake fillets.
The National Trail’s Cotswold Way takes walkers through the most scenic and historic parts of the area, seeing many castles, churches, and abbeys, as well as natural landscapes from woodlands to meadows. The trail offers the perfect route to explore the Cotswolds and spend quality time with your pooch.
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens give dogs and owners a unique opportunity to visit rhinos, zebras, and lions, as well as a giant tortoise! With plenty of roaming opportunities too, you and your pup can look forward to a treat.
The Cotswold Country Park offers the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in the many lakes – dogs even have their very own special swimming area! You can also absorb the scenic Cotswold countryside as you walk around the park.
Treat your pup to the classic British seaside experience! Blackpool is a vibrant hub of activity - take your dog for a sandy stroll across Blackpool’s famous beaches, indulge them in a pooch-pampering session (with a Jacuzzi), and tuck into a plate of fresh seafood at one of the many dog-friendly restaurants – this coastal city is your oyster.
Blackpool’s Shampoodles Spa offers over 25 years’ experience of caring for pups, with luxurious treatments such as a Jacuzzi bath, mud bath, and even fur colouring, as well as the usual grooming services.
WAGs Dog Salon promises the VIP treatment for its doggy clients, with a personalised grooming and salon experience including a shampoo and brush, clipping, blow drying, and more depending on your dog’s needs.
The Pump and Truncheon is the place to be for a delicious stone-baked pizza, real ale, and a welcoming atmosphere… as well as doggy biscuits and water bowls for pooch pals!
Jack’s Restaurant Bar offers a beach-resort theme and relaxed environment with a menu of steak, seafood, delicious all-day breakfast, and more. Pooches are welcome throughout the bar, and provided with doggy treats and a fresh bowl of water.
Open from dawn to dusk every day, Stanley Park caters to families with dogs, offering many play areas, sporting facilities, a boating lake, and a forest - perfect for lots of exploring and running around for both kids and pooches.
Walking in the Marton Mere Local Nature Reserve gives you the chance to enjoy Blackpool’s natural beauty as you walk the open waters, grasslands, and woodlands with your dog, taking in (or chasing) the many different species of birds, dragonflies, butterflies, and even bats!
Offering a change of scenery from walking a lush green countryside, Blackpool beach provides long stretches of sand to stroll, play, run, and even take a dip with your dog. Between May and September there are no dogs allowed between the North and South Piers, but the rest of the beaches welcome dogs all year around.
The Lancashire Coastal Way gives you the chance to explore part of Lancashire’s history as well as its natural beauty, taking you past early religious and industrial features and views of the Lake District and Morecambe Bay.
Penny Farm offers a fantastic family day out, where you can meet horses and explore the farm’s walking routes with your pup. The farm also hosts the Annual Fun Dog Show, where you can bring your dog and let them show off their skills!
Blackpool’s The Imperial Hotel Blackpool offers guests a taste of Victorian elegance and a rich hotel history of politicians, writers, and more. With striking ocean views and a short distance to the city centre, the hotel offers the perfect balance of style and comfort, and dogs are most welcome - bring your pooch and he’ll get his very own water bowl!
Explore Torquay’s natural wonders with your tail-wagging pal – discover charming tourist spots, walk along the breath-taking coastal landscape, take a dip with your canine companion, and enjoy a wide range of pet-friendly pubs and restaurants along the English Riviera.
Treat your dog to a pampering session at La Pooch Spa - services include shampoo and conditioning, mud baths, and pedicures as well as bathing, clipping, and deshedding.
Torquay’s The Boathouse Bar and Grill is perfect after a day on the beach, serving up fresh seafood and home-made desserts, as well as refreshments for your pooch, accompanied by an unmatched view of the English Riviera.
Running from Somerset to Poole Harbour, the South West Coastal Path brings the seaside to life as it lets you explore the heritage and culture of the coastal cities while basking in the natural scenery.
The Brixham Heritage Museum gives visitors an insight into the Devonshire town’s history, with several galleries displaying photos of the Brixham Bone Caverns, items from World Wars I and II, and the building’s original use as a police station. The museum welcomes well-behaved dogs to join their owners.
Feel like a giant at Babbacombe's Model Village as you and your pup explore the expertly detailed model buildings and landscapes, before strolling through the famous model gardens – just remember to keep your dog on a lead!
A picturesque cliff-top hotel, The Imperial Hotel Torquay offers guests the perfect seaside holiday with unmatched views of the Devonshire coastline. Just walking distance from the English Riviera, the hotel’s 19th century Victorian exterior and contrasting modern décor welcomes and pampers its guests, with pups and pooches getting a bowl of treats and their very own bed!
North Yorkshire’s spa town of Harrogate is a hub of dog-friendly fun with acres of wide open wilderness waiting to be discovered. Voted the happiest place to live in Britain, pups can enjoy the freedom of the wild natural landscapes, immerse in a full spa treatment befitting a spa town, and chow down on a bowl of doggy biscuits in a warm and toasty pub.
Well behaved canines are very welcome at Major Tom’s Social – the bar is well stocked with doggy treats and water bowls for the pooch, while the menu’s selection of fresh pizza, warm ciabatta sandwiches, and mouth-watering desserts promise a satisfied belly!
The Yorkshire Dales contain the 53-mile circular walk of Nidderdale Way, a trek that treats you to views of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including the River Nidd, How Stean Gorge, and Ripley Castle.
Home to 200 acres of grassland and around 6 million crocus plants that bloom spectacularly every spring, The Stray is a dog-walkers dream. The park is situated close to the town centre, offering quick access to all the amenities and restaurants after an afternoon of walking.
The 96 acre The Pinewoods is an area of woodlands just south of the town centre. The many footpaths found throughout the woods are easily accessible and offer an hour or two of secluded walking with your dog.
Dogs are allowed in and around Skipton Castle as long as they are on a lead, letting owners explore the grand Banqueting Hall and mysterious dungeons of this medieval castle, which is over nine centuries old and excellently preserved.
Stroll alongside other pooches for charity, chase butterflies and dragonflies for hours in the fresh sea air, or simply relax on a beach by the pier, Brighton offers a classic seaside holiday to enjoy with your furry friend.
Treat your pet to a day of pampering at The Brighton Pets Spa. The spa provides grooming and styling services, canine massages, and customised fur treatments!
The Great British Dog Walk, is an annual event, which takes place in multiple different locations around the country in Spring. In 2016 onwards this will include Brighton at Uckfield's Sheffield Park - offering both 3 and 6km walks in a park stretching over 250 acres. See lots of wildlife, have a fun day out with the pooch, and enjoy a dog walking trip for a good cause!
The Devil’s Dyke is the largest valley in the UK, offering glimpses into history at the Stone Age hill fort or the remains of a Victorian funfair. The natural panoramic views provide a perfect setting for you and the pooch to stretch your legs.
Stanmer Park is home to plenty of greenery and woodlands, creating the ideal natural landscape for walking with the family and the dog. The village within the park offers a tearoom, a farm, and a church.
Dogs are banned from 2 of the 4 beaches from May to September, but are allowed all year round on Brighton Beach to enjoy the fresh south-coast air, the famous pebble beach, and a long walk on the promenade and Brighton Pier.
The remains of Bramber Castle overlook the River Adur from its high perch, giving visitors an insight into its Norman history, as well as offering incredible countryside views from the top of its motte. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead. Bramber Castle
Co. Durham has a mix of rich heritage and open landscapes which makes the county an ideal place to bring the pooch for a relaxed getaway. You can enjoy the breath-taking natural backdrops of the North Pennines, trek the rewarding Durham Heritage Coast trail, or even drop by the Bishop Auckland Food Festival offering delicious speciality food for man and dog alike.
The wilderness and wildlife of Hardwick Park is the perfect place for a day out with your dog, with plenty of woodlands, parklands, and lakes to explore on foot, as well as a range of spots for a picnic.
The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty presents a beautiful landscape of woodlands, meadows, and rivers, teeming with wildlife, and containing the biggest waterfall in England, the 70 foot High Force.
While dogs aren’t allowed in the museum, the grounds and woodlands surrounding Preston Park are open for investigation – the stretches of woodland and parkland are ideal for exploring pups and pooches, while there are open spaces suited for family picnics.
The Durham Heritage Coast trail takes dog-walkers across many varied landscapes on its 11 mile route, walking through picturesque villages, along sandy beaches, and across a number of cliffs on this refreshing trek with your canine.
Auckland Castle is host to the Bishop Auckland Food Festival, a dog-friendly event that brings together the best food of Northern England, with celebrity chefs, cooking classes, and even a local producer of dog biscuits and muffins!
Holme Farm presents The Bowes Agricultural Show, an event celebrating traditional agriculture with fun rural games, dog classes, trading stands, and stalls for arts and craft, offering a fun day out for the family and an exciting trip for any pooch!
The charming and tranquil country of Chesire offers plenty of things to see and do for dongs and their owners. The Chesire countryside is perfect for a long day of relaxed strolling, or you can head into the heart in the peak district for a longer trek, let your pooch show their style off at Tatton Park's dog show, or treat them to a meal out at one of the country's many dog-welcoming pubs!
The Plough on the Moor serves up local cask beers and classic pub fare, from sausage and mash to steak sandwiches, in a doggy-friendly atmosphere with water bowls available for well-behaved pooches.
The Ring O’Bells in Warrington welcomes well-behaved dogs into its bar area and terraced garden, with water bowls and treats for the furry pals and a menu ranging from traditional pub food to more unconventional dishes for the humans.
Every August Tatton Park welcomes dogs and owners to The Fun Dog Show at the Farm, where your pooch can take part in different classes of competition, including 'saddest eyes' and 'waggiest tail', and even try their paw at an agility course!
Spend quality time in Springtime each year with your pup or pooch and give to a good cause at The Great British Dog Walk in Lyme Park, Cheshire, offering a 3 or 7km walk across a historic estate. Keep an eye out for the Munch Buggy selling food and drinks!
Cheshire’s The Shrigley Hall Hotel sits on the edge of the Peak District National Park and the grounds offer a range of walks (route maps are available) but dogs must remain on leads. The elegant Victorian building oozes a stately Jane Austen-style atmosphere, letting you and your furry pal cosy up in the bar lounge (however dogs are not allowed in the main bar), or simply settle up in the stylish room – dogs get a bed and food and water bowls if you let the hotel know in advance that you have canine company.
Marple Memorial Park is home to a sensory garden, a range of family-friendly activities (including basketball hoops) a nature path, and the peak forest canal - perfect for dog-walking.
The largest park in Marple, Brabyns Park is home to pond areas and walking routes through woodland and by the river – an ideal place to take your pooch for a stroll. It also has a recreation centre, bike tracks, and football pitches.
Immerse in Cheshire’s countryside with a walk across Alderley Edge – a red sandstone escarpment overlooking the Peak District, with its highest point serving as a Bronze Age burial mound many centuries ago.
If you're looking for a holiday for the whole family, especially one where you can take your four legged friends, find it at one of The Hotel Collection's many dog friendly hotels.
We offer a range of hotels in eye-catching landscapes across the UK, each with its own unique history and charm.
Doggies are most welcome at the hotels we've mentioned in the guide, but please call to check if you're not sure which hotels are pet friendly.
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