Dog friendly holidays in the UK
Posted on March 29, 2021
As holidays in the UK have boomed in the last few years and have become even more popular this year. We have put together some key points to help a growing number of people who are looking for a holiday that can cater for both them and their dog.
Even if you can bear to leave your pet behind for a couple of days, sometimes the cost of kennels alone can take a hefty chunk out of your budget. There’s a whole host of properties across the UK where your dog will be warmly welcomed, from hotels to campsites
Where to go?
Popular holiday spots have a mixed approach to welcoming pets. Beaches, particularly those that attract families with children and want to retain Blue Flag status, ban dogs from Easter until October.
Check out thebeachguide.co.uk to save yourself a wasted journey. Areas like Cornwall have a filter on the website that selects all of its listings – attractions, events, accommodation etc – where pets are welcome. There is an amazing beach in Norfolk, that has no dog restrictions all year round if fancy a local trip. The Dogs Trust also has a great list of pet-friendly beaches.
A holiday cottage is perfect for anyone travelling with a pet. Your dog or cat won’t annoy the guests next door and it may even have a garden. Around 30 per cent of holiday cottage customers travel with animals. Companies such as Sykes, Brecon Cottages and Mulberry Cottages all have a ‘pet-friendly’ filter when you are looking to book your break.
Check out thewoofguide.com, which awards properties in Pembrookshire with paw ratings based on pet-friendliness. However, you do not have to go far for some amazing places to stay with your dog. The winner of the ‘dog friendliest’ award 2017 from Visit England, is based in Suffolk! The picture-postcard Letheringham Water Mill has seven acres, a mill pool, and the host’s own dogs as playmates.
Campsites, often the cheapest form of accommodation, may also be the most pet-friendly. Most sites accept pets though it is best to with the campsite first as things may have changed with the need for increased social distancing.
Do have a think before you book if canvas walls will be a bit flimsy for your dog, or cramped! There are lots of options of Yurts, Wigwams, or cabins that could work. Many have sites have en suite facilities for each pitch. Forest Holidays has nine UK locations and lots of choice of cabins that could be a great option for a short break away with your dog.
There are also hotels and spa’s that accept dogs if you are looking for a bit more pampering this summer. Check out the Luxe Pet Guide they have listed what they think to be the most dog-friendly Luxury UK hotels, pubs and restaurants. It’s worth checking out if you are also looking for places to go out to eat with your dog while on your holiday.
Need help with the cost?
An affordable small loan from us could help with the cost of going away. Your manageable repayment can include a saving amount, so when you’ve paid back your loan, you will have saved money too for the next trip away! For more information & to apply online see our personal loan page.