10 Dog-Friendly Christmas Breaks in the UK
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10 Dog-Friendly Christmas Breaks in the UK

12 December 2022

Looking for a festive getaway that the whole family can enjoy, including your furry friends? Look no further! Here are 10 dog-friendly Christmas destinations that will make everyone happy. From snowy mountain towns to charming coastal villages, there is something for everyone on this list. So pack up your pooch and head out on an adventure this howliday season!


Christmassy walks in Edinburgh & a luxurious stay

Potter’s Wheel Cottage in the Lake District

Dog-Friendly Log Cabin in Northumberland

The Hoot Horsebox in Wiltshire

Beach House on the Isle of Wight

Railway Station Lodge Near Inverness

Georgian Quarter Hotel in Liverpool

Christmas markets in Birmingham and a stay at a castle

Dog-friendly cottages in Devon

Yorkshire Dales National Park & staying at an awarded hotel

Christmassy walks in Edinburgh and a luxurious stay

There's nothing quite like a Christmas walk in Edinburgh with your pup. The city is truly magical during the holidays, with its quaint cobbled streets and beautifully-decorated buildings. And what could be better than taking in all the festive sights with your puppy pal by your side?

Christmas lights in Edinburgh

There are plenty of great routes to choose from, whether you want to stick to the city centre or head out into the stunning Scottish countryside. And if you're feeling festive, why not stroll past Edinburgh Castle, where you can see the iconic Christmas tree? Or take a peaceful walk through Princes Street Gardens, admiring the array of twinkling lights? There are also plenty of dog-friendly pubs and restaurants, so you can refuel after your adventures with a warm drink, a bite to eat and some treatos for your doggo.

So if you're looking for a festive day out with your pup, be sure to check out one of Edinburgh's many Christmassy walks. You're sure to have a pawsome time!

Thinking of staying over? Then treat yourself to a stay at the Virgin Hotel Edinburgh, where pets stay free no matter their breed or size.  Every visiting pooch will enjoy a pet-friendly chamber, a super comfy dog bed, a food and water dish (including treats!) and a wagtastic Virgin Hotels bandana.

The Virgin Hotel in Edinburgh

For more details: https://virginhotels.com/edinburgh/pets/

Potter’s Wheel Cottage in the Lake District

Potter’s Wheel Cottage is located in the traditional village of Coniston at Old Brown Howe, in the Lake District in North West England. The cottage is available for rent all year round, but it is especially pawpular during the Christmas season.

The cottage sleeps up to four, has two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a living room. It also has a wood burning stove, which is perfect for a chilly Christmas Eve.

The cottage is just 50 yards from the South Western shores of Coniston Water where visitors can go fishing, paddling, or swimming (if you dare, brrr!), or why not take a walk in the magnificent surrounding woodlands.

The Lake District is a beautiful place to spend the howlidays, and this cottage is fur sure a great place for the family to stay, pooch included!

Beautiful landscape in the Lake District

For more details: https://lakelandretreats.com/accom/potters-wheel/

Dog-Friendly Log Cabin in Northumberland

The dog-friendly Hill View Haven Log Cabin in Northumberland is the pawfect getaway for you and your four-legged friend. Nestled on the edge of the stunning Northumberland National Park, the cabin offers breathtaking views of the hills and river bank. The property is fenced, so your dog can explore to their heart's content. And when it's time to relax, there's plenty of space for them to curl up by the fire. The Hill View Haven is also close to some of Northumberland's best-loved dog walking spots, including Hadrian's Wall and Kielder Forest. So whether you're looking for a peaceful retreat or an energetic adventure, the Hill View Haven log cabin is a wagtastic destination for you and your canine companion.

Hadrian's Wall

For more details: https://www.holidaycottages.co.uk/cottage/59158-hill-view-haven

The Hoot Horsebox in Wiltshire

This converted horsebox in the pretty Wiltshire countryside is the ulti-mutt place if you like quirky, charming and dog friendly!

There is a raised deck where you can enjoy your morning coffee in the fresh country air. And there’s a wood-fired burner to sit by when it’s too chilly outside. For your furry friend, there’s a large, shared, walled patio garden, so your pup can have a good run around and play.

For more details: https://www.booking.com/hotel/gb/the-hoot-romantic-glamping.html

Beach House on the Isle of Wight

Imagine yourself waking up in a beautiful beach house on the Isle of Wight. The sun is shining, and the waves are crashing against the shore. You step outside and take a deep breath of fresh, sea air. After a leisurely breakfast, you head down to the beach for a swim or a walk along the water's edge with your best furiend. In the afternoon, you explore the island, visit some local shops, and maybe even take a ride on the famous Isle of Wight Steam Railway. As the day comes to an end, you watch the sun set over the water from your porch before heading inside for a cosy evening by the fire. The Boathouse on the Isle of Wight is the pawfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and your pup is welcome to join you.

For more details: https://www.petspyjamas.com/travel/location/the-boathouse-po32-6aa

Railway Station Lodge Near Inverness

Nestled in the heart of the Scottish countryside, Nethy Station is the ideal retreat for those looking to get away from the city. Just a short drive from Inverness, the guest house offers stunning views to the south across the River Nethy towards the Spey for up to 8 guests and doggos.

And after a long day of exploring the many dog walks on offer locally, guests and their pooches can paws and relax around the wood-burning stove. This old village station is a great howliday location where you can unwind and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Nethy Station

For more details: https://www.seasgairlodges.com/properties/59

Georgian Quarter Hotel in Liverpool

The Georgian Quarter is a historic neighbourhood in Liverpool, known as a cultural and creative hub.

The Hope Street Hotel is nestled in the heart of this quirky neighbourhood and is supawb for urban explorers and their puppy pals.

Dogs are even welcome at the on-site restaurant in the sofa area.

For more details: https://www.hopestreethotel.co.uk/

Christmas markets in Birmingham and a stay at a castle

Birmingham's Christmas markets are the ulti-mutt place to prepare for Santa Paws with your four-legged friend. Stalls selling everything from mulled wine to handcrafted gifts line the streets, and the scent of roasting chestnuts fills the air. There's also plenty of entertainment for your barky bestie, with agility courses and doggy pantomimes on offer. And if you get chilly, you can always warm up with a cup of hot chocolate from one of the many stalls. So why not take your dog along to Birmingham's Christmas markets this year and enjoy a festive day out?

Birmingham Christmas market

For more details: https://www.thebfcm.co.uk/

Wanting to stay nearby? You can treat yourself and your canine companion(s) to a weird but wonderful stay at Astley Castle. This historic property near Birmingham dates back to the 13th century. A fantastic mix between modern and ancient, it is sure to make you and up to 7 friends and 2 dogs feel wagnificent.

For more details: https://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/search-and-book/properties/astley-castle-4806

Dog-friendly cottages in Devon

If you're looking for a dog-friendly cottage in Devon, look no further than Mulberry Cottages. Their collection of beautiful properties welcomes doggy guests too, so you can relax by the fire with your pooch by your side. From charming thatched cottages to converted barns, there’s a wide range of self-catering accommodation available to suit all needs and budgets.

For more details: https://www.mulberrycottages.com/england/devon

Yorkshire Dales National Park and staying at an awarded hotel

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a stunning landscape of rolling hills, pristine rivers, and wildflower meadows. It's also a great place to explore with your dog. From gentle walks through the valley bottom to strenuous hikes up into the fells, there are plenty of options for both you and your BFFF (best furry friend forever). And with so much open space to roam, you'll both be sure to find a spot to call your own.

And while you’re there, see what all the fuss is about at the Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa (winners of the 2017 PetsPyjamas Dog Friendly Travel Awards).

For more details: https://devonshirehotels.co.uk/devonshire-arms-hotel-spa/

Birmingham, Devon, Edinburgh and Yorkshire are all great places to visit with your dog this Christmas with plenty of festive activities that you can enjoy together. From walks in the stunning countryside to cosy nights by the fire, be sure to start planning your trip today!

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