We love discovering new days out, and if you can take your dog along too, all the better. With a little help from our friends at Britain’s Finest, here's our ultimate guide to the best hidden gems across the UK that you didn’t know you could take your dog.
Somewhere to stay: Hotel Du Vin – Tunbridge Wells
We highly recommend the Hotel du Vin in Tunbridge Wells, and your dog is more than welcome, too. Most Hotel du Vin residences welcome pets, just double check in advance. This Grade II listed mansion dates back to 1762 and its charming, decadent interiors will whisk you away from daily life. Enjoy the views over the gardens and across to Calverley Park, a great dog friendly day out in itself. Enjoy the ornamental gardens, including an Italianate garden as well as the park café.
- £10 charge for dogs but a soft blanket and a water bowl are provided for your pup
- Dogs are allowed to stay in the room alone
- You can also dine with your dog in the bar area
You can find out more on the Britain’s Finest website.
Family theme park fun: The Milky Way Adventure Park - Clovelly, Devon
This is North Devon’s top day out with the kids as voted for the past three years in a row – and canine companions are very welcome. Acres and acres of outdoor activities await at this year round, all weather park. One of the things we love most is that it’s designed to be as much fun for parents as it is for children. They also have the UK’s largest bouncing pillow – what’s not to love.
- Bring your dog along on the lead and enjoy a family day out
- All areas of the park are accessible with the exception of the play areas and shows
- Dogs can’t board the fair rides but they’ll love watching the fun with all four paws firmly on the ground
Find out more on the Britain’s Finest website.
Ride the railways for a day: Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway
Feel the wind in your fur - dogs go free for this brilliant day out on the tracks. Ride endlessly up and down the 24 miles of tracks all day as you like, and check out the fantastic seasonal events including Christmas steam days. The brilliant 1950’s tearoom at Winchcombe is also well worth a visit for tea and a cake. Children under 5 also go free. Remember to look out for the ghost in the mysterious and spooky Greet Tunnel.
- Dogs go free in standard class (not first class or the carriages and no paws on the tables please)
- Picnic areas at Toddington and Winchcombe
- Pick up a copy of ‘Railway Rambles’ for £3 packed with 12 walking routes that all start at one of the stations
Find more information on the Britain’s Finest website
Connect with nature: Tatton Park - Cheshire
We love this National Trust property in Knutsford with its 50 acres of landscaped gardens. It is also one of the most complete historic estates open to the public. The Victorian grandeur can be seen right through to the gardens and glasshouses as well as the formal gardens, Italian and Japanese gardens. The park hosts over 100 events every year with fantastic activities for all the family in school holidays – den building is a definite highlight.
- Dogs on a lead are very welcome
- Check out the National Trust website for a list of sites near to major routes if you’re making a longer journey and want to stop off en route for a quick run about
Visit Britain’s Finest for more great dog friendly gardens
A day on the water: Dartmouth River Boat Company – Kingswear, Devon
If you don't know the River Dart, it's simply stunning and provides a great day out on the water.
Visit the historic town of Totnes as well as the picturesque village of Dittisham and the lovely waterside cafe - a great resting place after a long coastal walk. In winter, you can enjoy a mince pie and some warming mulled wine on the crossing. We love the cruisers philosophy because they are very dog friendly!
- Dartmouth River Boat Company think four legged friends should always be able to come on the family holiday
- Nominal fee of £2 per dog
- Dogs should be kept on a lead and refrain from sitting on the seats
Britain’s Finest connects people with great ideas and advice for days out, places to stay and things to do across Great Britain with handpicked suggestions from their team of experts. There’s no need to leave home without your pooch! Whether you’re borrowing a dog or hanging out with your own, be sure to stop by some of these local spots for a dog friendly day.
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