The UK is a nation of dog lovers. They even host Crufts, one of the biggest dog shows in the world! If you decide to visit the UK with your canine pal, you can almost guarantee that the locals will come running up to you to talk your ears off about them. The UK is also home to some truly beautiful natural scenery, as well as vibrant and exciting cities. Whatever type of holiday you want, you and your furry friend will have a great time.
Bristol is a truly unique city. It is home to a vibrant and artistic community, people who live there love their city! There is even a festival once each year called Upfest, where the council commissions artists to paint murals all over the city. One of the bigger murals this year features a serious faced Greta Thunberg. You can be guaranteed delicious food, opportunities for art and culture, and of course, rich historical monuments such as the SS Great Britain.
There is a good selection of dog friendly accommodation and great opportunities for stick throwing in Bristol! Close by are the Stoke Park and Ashton Court Estates, and the city is dotted with hundreds of other parks and green spaces. A little further afield you can visit Somerset, Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds for longer walking opportunities.
Cornwall is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. It is famed for its sandy beaches, traditional pubs, and rugged coastline. There is no shortage of dog friendly hotels, so whether you decide that you want to visit St Michaels Mount, The Eden Project or set yourself up close to as many beaches as possible, you’ll be able to find somewhere to lay your hat (and your lead!).
Cornwall is home to miles of unspoiled scenery, so be sure to take advantage of one of the many dog walks while you are there. Many of the coastal walks can get a little blustery, so if your pup is short haired it may be worth investing in a dog coat. Four Paw Ideas have reviews and buyers guides to help you choose the best one.
Now famous as the filming location for much of the HBO series, Game of Thrones, Northern Ireland is also a haven for dog lovers. Not only can you do a walking tour of the Game of Thrones locations where you can actually meet the dogs who played two of the dire wolves in the series, Northern Ireland is home to a plethora of gorgeous national trust sites that both you and your pooch will love. There are loads of great dog friendly accommodations to choose from, and most of the pubs and restaurants will allow you to bring your dog inside, or at least offer you a table outside if this is not possible.
Scotland’s capital city is well worth a visit if you have a dog in tow. Get yourself a dog friendly hotel room and then be sure to hike up to the top of Arthur’s Seat, the dormant volcano which sits on the outskirts of the city. The city itself is home to many dog friendly bars and restaurants, and you are just a stone’s throw from some of the wild and rugged landscapes that make Scotland so popular with visitors.