The Ultimate Guide to UK Pet-friendly Holidays

Tuesday 26th October, 2021 by hostandstay

A study of dog owners in the UK showed that 85 per cent would rather a staycation in the UK with their pets than a holiday abroad without them – and who can blame them?


Holidays are the best opportunity to explore places you don’t know very well, whilst spending time with loved ones. However, if your group includes a four-legged friend, then it’s likely you won’t want them to miss out on the fun – this can make holidays abroad quite difficult, so why not look into a staycation in the UK?

To plan your perfect getaway, after choosing your dream destination, it’s a matter of finding suitable dog-friendly holiday cottages – which we’re here to make easy for you in this handy guide.


Think location

First, you need to think of the destination you are wanting to visit. The UK has some gorgeous places which are great for a retreat away. Here, we list some of our personal favourites…

The Lake District

The Lake District is full of beautiful places to stay, scenic routes for walking, breathtaking hills and dreamy lakes, as well as dog-friendly country pubs – perfect for a well-deserved pint afterwards.

Dogs are sure to enjoy leisurely wanders along the shores of Lake Windermere or a dog-friendly cruise aboard boats such as the Ullswater Steamers. If history is more up your street, check out Penrith Castle, Furness Abbey and Brougham Castle, as they all welcome dogs.

North Yorkshire

At 182 miles long, England’s Coast to Coast is made up by connecting dozens of existing footpaths, bridle ways, minor roads and other rights of way crossing the breadth of England, from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire. 

Despite the path not having been given National Trail status, it is the most popular long distance walk in Great Britain. The path presents attractive and unique scenery, and a glimpse of England’s ancient history; it allows you to experience walking in the Yorkshire Dales, venture up and down the rolling hills of the North York Moors, and all awhile learning of our Prehistoric and pre-industrial past.

South Wales

With incredible scenery and beautiful wildlife, begin your journey at the village of Gwaelod y Garth, following the country road for a little over a mile until you get to a route marker pointing towards the steep hillside towards the mountain.

When you make it to the peak there is an ancient burial site, where you will be able to see spectacular views of the Brecon Beacons and Cardiff, and sometimes as far as the Bristol Channel and Somerset on a clear day.

This is a great opportunity to take in the sights and have a refreshing drink with your four-legged friend observing the views.  


Travelling by car is the easiest way to transport your pet as the rules are effectively your own, plus there is no additional cost! But before you head off on your dog-friendly staycation, there are still some precautions you should bear in mind. 

Before setting off, make sure that your pet can handle long journeys in the car – you don’t want to spend hours on the road with an agitated or unwell animal, as it will be frustrating for the both of you. Use either a pet car harness, seat belt or a carrier to help keep your dog safe, and put some of their favourite toys and treats with them to keep them comfortable and the journey as stress-free as possible. 

Plus, make sure you pack all the essentials – food, water, bowls, collar and lead. 

Check the property first

After deciding which destination is best for you and your group, there are a couple of considerations that will help in the process. When you travel with your dog, knowing whether a property welcomes pets is just one of the checkboxes. You will also want to understand whether there are any applicable conditions or restrictions for your dog(s) to stay with you.

We have the handy section on our website to allow you to filter it only for holiday cottages with dogs allowed.

Ensure you’re looking for things that will make life easier for you and the dog, whether this is having a secure, open garden space to let them run round around in or local walking routes nearby. You may also want to check whether the property is on a busy road, as this may affect your decision.

If you are looking for inspiration for your next staycation head to our area guide section on our website to find the perfect holiday for you and your doggo.

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