The demand for dog friendly days out in the UK is on the rise and with hundreds of attractions now welcoming dogs, it’s never been easier to plan a trip with your four legged friend. If you’re planning a dog friendly day out this year but are still unsure on what to do, then keep reading as we suggest our five favourite places to visit for a day out with man’s best friend.
Coed y Brenin Forest Park
With numerous trails to choose from, the smells, noises and texture of the Coed y Brenin Forest Park are sure to excite your dog’s senses. Whether you decide to walk or run through the park, we’re sure your four legged friend will have a fantastic time keeping pace, even if they do make the occasional stop in search of the biggest stick! The staff at the visitor centre are extremely friendly and always happy to help, so if you need advice on which route best suites your skill level it’s worth stopping by to make use of their expert park knowledge.
Crich Tramway Village
For a museum visit with a difference, we suggest taking a trip to Crich Tramway Village in Derbyshire. This wonderful attraction welcomes dogs free of charge, so you and your pooch are free to explore the village at your leisure, with the exception of the catering establishments and indoor children’s play area. Take your dog on a tram ride through the village and let them hang their head out the window as they take in their surroundings, or visit the great exhibition hall which houses the largest collection of vintage electric trams in the UK!
If you’re looking for a historic day out for you and your dog then Framlingham Castle is the place for you. This impressive structure has been around for more than 800 years but with towers reaching a spectacular height of 10.5 metres and walls as thick as 2.3 metres, it’s not hard to see why. Explore the grounds of Framlingham Castle this summer and you and your pooch can enjoy extensive views over the Suffolk countryside whilst learning all about this formidable castle’s intriguing history.
Whether they’re digging in the sand, playing amongst the surf or chasing frisbees over the dunes, dogs just love to be at the beach. One of our favourite dog friendly beaches is Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight; with both golden and dark sands, spectacular coastal views and great walks nearby, it’s a must for dog owners. Playing on Compton Bay will allow your pooch the opportunity to meet lots of new doggy friends and as long as you stay between Hanover Point and Brook Chine, you and your dog can enjoy the beach all year!
The Eden Project is one of Cornwall’s most popular attractions and since 2013, it has allowed dogs to explore the outdoor gardens at no extra charge. This is a perfect area for exercising your dog, with miles of outdoor garden paths to discover. The Eden Project has gone to great lengths to ensure that you and your dog feel welcome at the attraction and even provide water bowls and an undercover dining area, so that you and your four legged friend can enjoy a picnic together in the grounds.
These are just some of the fantastic days out you can have in the UK with your dog and with hundreds more out there, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to planning a day with your best friend. If you were hoping to spend a little more quality time with your pooch this year then why not take a look at our dog friendly cottages? With over 3,000 to choose from, we’re sure to have something that suits both of your tastes!