The UK population is renowned for its love of animals; across the country, millions of people are passionate about their pets. In fact, pets now reside in almost half of the UK’s households, according to the latest Pet Population report from the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association.
Pets occupy an important place in people’s homes and hearts. For many owners, their animals are part of the family. As a result, taking care of pets often means taking them on holiday too.
Whether you dote on your dog or love to care for your cat, for example, it’s only natural to want to share your leisure time with your furry friend. The chances are that you’ll enjoy your holiday more because you know that your pet is enjoying the experience with you.
Plenty of Picturesque, Pet-Friendly Places to Choose From
If you’re planning a holiday or want to celebrate a special occasion in style, you can rest assured that the UK boasts plenty of pet-friendly destinations.
What’s more, the growing number of pet-friendly UK holiday homes makes booking fantastic accommodation for your relatives, friends and pets easier than ever before.
Read on for our pick of the best pet-friendly UK holidays destinations in England, Scotland and Wales. The list includes not only several well-known, well-loved destinations but also some hidden gems.
Enjoy an Exhilarating Holiday in England with Your Pets
With its rich history and gorgeous scenery, England provides numerous opportunities to enjoy world-class culture and the countryside’s charms.
Henley-on-Thames (to give this dog-friendly destination its full title) is in beautiful Oxfordshire. It’s the perfect setting for reinvigorating riverside walks with your dog.
The famous town has long been associated with rowing; it hosts the Henley Royal Regatta every summer, making it an excellent choice of destination for sports fans.
The Regatta is just one in a diverse series of festivals – others celebrate music, comedy, literature and much more!
What’s more, nestled in the Chiltern Hills is Warburg Nature Reserve. Walking through its grassland and woodland is a wonderful way to relax.
This village is a short drive from Henley and another charming place for holidaymakers with pets. Volunteers there lead regular Sonning Common Health Walks; now in their 20th year, they’re a fantastic way to explore the landscape.
Head to the Millennium Green to enjoy even more of the great outdoors, then treat your furry friends to new toys at The Pet Barn. Finally, relax at The Butcher’s Arms, a dog-friendly pub that helpfully provides water for pet pooches – and sometimes treats, too!
For history and culture with a Yorkshire flavour, book a stay in this vibrant city. You can enjoy the Yorkshire Museum (full of stunning archaeological treasures), York Castle Museum (which gives visitors a taste of community life in the olden days) and Jorvik Viking Centre (which excels at bringing the era of the Vikings to life).
There are plenty of parks and other green spaces in and around York, plus dog-friendly eateries such as Mannion & Co., and so your four-legged pals will have lots of fun.
This lovely village, very near York, has an important place in literary history. It was once home to the famous eighteenth-century novelist and vicar, Laurence Sterne.
Sutton-on-the-Forest is a short drive from the Howardian Hills. For even more pretty scenery, try Sutton Park, a Georgian house complemented by extensive grounds.
You and your dog can expect a warm welcome at The New Inn, a pub that’s just a stone’s throw from the village.
The county town of the East Riding of Yorkshire is perhaps most famous for its racecourse. Beverley also offers a range of festivals devoted to food, music, literature and more, plus many upmarket shops.
Take your pets for a stroll down cobbled streets or browse the market stalls, before relaxing at the dog-friendly Vanessa Delicatessen & Café.
Dog walking is a popular activity at Beverley Westwood, a beautiful park.
This small seaside resort is only a short distance from Beverley and South of Bridlington. Breathe in the fresh sea air as you and your canine companion walk along Hornsea Beach.
For scenic walks elsewhere in the town, head to Hall Garth Park. As well as being popular with walkers, it features a children’s playground and skateboarding area. A great day out can also be had at Hornsea Mere, Yorkshire’s largest freshwater lake.
Thanks to the charming Hornsea Museum, you can learn about the history of Hornsea Pottery, the company that made the town famous and was well known for its tableware.
This County Durham market town has much to offer pets and their owners, especially those who like to be active. Stanhope’s breathtaking moorland is perfect for walks and rambling.
Make the short journey to impressive Barnard Castle in order to enjoy exploring the grounds with your canine chum and drinking in the views of the Tees Gorge.
Spend Quality Time with Your Pets in Stunning Scotland
Scotland’s breathtaking landscapes are second to none – they provide wonderful settings for truly remarkable holidays.
Located in beautiful North Ayrshire, this village provides you and your pet with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Skelmorlie lies at the end of the awe-inspiring Ayrshire Coastal Path and sits close to Scotland’s largest Regional Park, Clyde Muirshiel.
You’ll enjoy fresh, crisp air and a wealth of natural beauty – what could be better?
A short drive from Skelmorlie is this gorgeous town in Renfrewshire. Take your dog for a relaxing stroll around Greenock’s East India Harbour or, for truly show-stopping scenery, climb Lyle Hill. You’ll be amazed by its panoramic views.
Culture fans will enjoy the Beacon Arts Centre’s diverse programme of events, while the McLean Museum and Art Gallery is the place to go if you’d like to learn about Greenock-born inventor James Watt’s key role in the Industrial Revolution.
This lovely resort town in Argyll and Bute is known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’. Oban has long been tremendously popular with tourists and offers numerous opportunities for exhilarating walks through coastal, hilly and mountainous areas. Your four-legged friend will love spending quality time with you in such exciting surroundings.
For unforgettable views of Oban and nearby islands, head to McCaig’s Tower. A few miles north of the town, you’ll find Ganavan Sands, which is ideal for dog walking.
Sitting on the boundary between Central Scotland and the Highlands, Loch Lomond is over 20 miles long and features dozens of islands. You’ll never be bored on the loch’s shores: there’s a cycle path, two golf clubs, an aquarium, a shopping centre and much more!
Treat your dog to a visit to the Dug Café and Boutique, which overlooks Loch Lomond and has been specially designed to appeal to pampered pooches and their owners. You can enjoy a spot of lunch while your furry friend tucks into gourmet pet treats.
This small town in West Dunbartonshire is very close to the foot of Loch Lomond and another great location for fun trips and holidays.
Beautiful Balloch Castle Country Park is a haven for dogs and their owners – it features guided walks, nature trails and lawns that are perfect for picnics.
As its name suggests, The Dog House pub welcomes visitors with canine companions. It’s a great place to relax after an action-packed day.
Perthshire’s Auchterarder is known to sports enthusiasts as the home of the Gleneagles golf courses. It’s a charming village and ideal for peaceful, pet-friendly holidays.
Pets are welcome at Ruthven Gallery, a beautiful period property showcasing a variety of contemporary artworks. After soaking up some culture there, you could also visit The Niblick, a friendly village pub, with your four-legged friend.
Why not take your pet on holiday to this charming coastal town, also known as Elie and Earlsferry, in Fife? It boasts golf courses, top-notch restaurants and beautiful stretches of beach that are perfect when you want to take a stroll or go paddling with your pooch.
If you work up a thirst exploring the ruins of Ardross Castle on the magnificent Fife Coastal Path, you and your dog are bound to receive a warm welcome at The Golf Tavern, a pet-friendly pub.
Witness the Wonders of Wales on a Pet-Friendly Getaway
If you’re looking for fresh air, unbeatable beaches and amazing sights for you and your pets to enjoy, why not make a trip to wonderful Wales? Below are a few of our favourite dog-friendly holiday destinations in Wales.
There are many reasons to love holidays in this seaside town in Pembrokeshire. Tenby boasts gorgeous, sandy beaches and is one of Wales’s sunniest destinations. Dogs and their owners will particularly enjoy exploring the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.
If your coastal walks inspire you to learn about maritime history or geology, you could pay a visit to Tenby Museum & Art Gallery, the oldest independent organisation of its kind in Wales. Its artefacts are complemented by beautiful artworks; indeed, Tenby has an exciting, lively artistic community.
Tenby’s neighbour, the village of Saundersfoot, is another pet-friendly seaside resort. Saundersfoot has lovely stretches of white sand, perfect when you want to enjoy gentle exercise with your dog. From the harbour, you can take pleasure boat trips.
There’s plenty of first-rate food and drink to sample in the village, with pubs including The Old Chemist Inn welcoming holidaymakers and their furry friends.
Close to both Tenby and Saundersfoot is Pembroke, Henry VII’s birthplace. Wander through the historic town’s farmers’ market with your canine chum, admire the views from Pembroke Castle and pop into The Royal George, a pet-friendly pub and restaurant.
Look out for Pembroke Arts Festival during the summer, while you and your dog will surely enjoy the Pembroke Peninsula’s woods and meadows at any time of the year.
More Relaxing for You and Your Pet
Choosing a pet-friendly destination for your UK holiday means you’re likely to have a far more relaxing experience than if you leave your furry companion behind. You’ll avoid potentially sky-high kennel, cattery or pet-sitting fees, and there’ll be no risk of your pet being subjected to separation anxiety.
Holidaying with your pet gives you peace of mind; you can be certain that he or she is happy and content in your company, instead of spending your precious leisure time worrying about your four-legged friend’s wellbeing.
More Pet-Friendly Inspiration
We hope you like our suggestions here for fantastic pet-friendly destinations in the UK, but if you want more inspiration then we’ve listed some of the best pet-friendly travel blogs out there below. We’d recommend giving them all ago and are sure you’d find some more great tips from them:
Pawcurious – Fab, pet-friendly tips from Dr V
Have Dog Blog Will Travel – Advice from CeliaSue about how to travel with breeds that sometimes have a negative reputation and finding suitable accommodation that is pet-friendly.
Montecristo Travels – Consider all myths about travelling with your furry friend debunked with Stefan, Sonja and Montecristo!
Dog Jaunt – This blog tells you all about the different travel carriers for dogs as well as advice on where in airports you can take your dog for a toilet break.
The Road Forks – Tales of travelling with large dogs across the world!
The Ramble – Travelling the world with her small dog Luna, Gigi documents her travels with great local insight.
That Mutt – A great blog offering advice on how to deal with some very common doggy behavioural problems.
Go Pet-Friendly – Travelling across the US with dogs and a cat, this blog shows you how it can be done.
Cycling Gypsies – Having cycled more than 27,000km across 21 countries, you can read about the travel exploits of Zoa and Fin, and their dogs Paco and Jack.
How To Travel With Pets – The ultimate guide of how to travel with your pet, whether it be a dog, cat, bird or fish!
Phileas Dogg – The UK blog for dogs, by dogs!
Dog Tipper – A great guide on how to travel with your dog whether it be by car, plane or train!
Alfie’s Blog – Read the adventures of Alfie the Entlebucher Mountain Dog!
And A Small Dog – A great blog, Leila is an expert when it comes to pet-friendly travel destinations.
The Pet Blog Lady – A heart-warming blog about everything furry and the love of pets!
My Brown Newfies – A charming blog focused on pet health, Jennifer’s two Newfoundlands and pet products.
The Vagabond Adventures – Follow Lucie, Lachlan and Bow Wow as they travel across Africa helping support local communities, wildlife causes and traders.
Tales and Tails – The daily adventures of the Greyhounds and a German Shepherd living in the American Midwest.
The Jet Set Pets – A guide to luxury holiday destinations that are perfect for pets.
Wag The Dog – They offer some great reviews on pet travel apps as well as a comprehensive pet travel insurance policy checklist!
Handpicked Selection of Pet-Friendly UK Holiday Homes
At House Parties, we’re passionate about pets too – in fact, we’ve scoured the UK for the finest holiday properties for pets and their adoring owners. That means you and your furry friend can enjoy luxurious rental properties located in or very close to every single one of the picturesque, pet-friendly destinations described in the list above.
Thanks to our carefully chosen range of pet-friendly UK group accommodation, your pet can benefit from a reassuring, home-from-home environment. What’s more, you can benefit from luxuries such as games rooms, hot tubs and extensive gardens. You can self-cater or, in many cases, choose from mouth-watering catering options.
Why struggle to find a hotel or B&B that won’t turn pets away when you can enjoy more privacy and freedom in a pet-friendly holiday property instead?
We have holiday homes for small and large groups with pets (several can accommodate more than 20 guests). So, whether you’re looking for a grand country house, charming cottage or something in-between, you’re bound to find one that appeals on our website.
Booking a Pet-Friendly Property with House Parties is Easy
At House Parties, we take the hard work out of hunting for a UK holiday home. What’s more, we’re committed to offering excellent properties at excellent prices.
Once you’ve found the ideal pet-friendly property, our pleasant, professional team will be delighted to help you arrange your stay.
Your fellow holidaymakers (and, of course, your pet!) will surely thank you for booking our luxurious, stylish group accommodation.