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Things to do in Belfast with your dog
While a relaxed day indoors may sound like an ideal plan to you, your pup may not agree! Most dogs love sniffing around and exploring, and lucky for you, Belfast has a range of adventures for people and pets alike. Below are just a few of our faves.
Dog Walking in Belfast
The capital of Northern Ireland boasts a rich history and is a popular destination for tourists. The city is sandwiched between Lough Neagh and Strangford Lough, and is host to the Titanic Belfast Museum as well having some lovely walks for you and your pooch.
Antrim Castle Gardens & Clotworthy House
Located near the city centre, this is an idyllic location to go for a walk (though your dog must be kept on a lead). During your walk, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful landscape, stop for a coffee, and experience a bit of history all in one go. Wagnificent!
Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park
If you are dog walking in Belfast, Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park should be on your list of places to visit. There is plenty to keep both you and your pup entertained - with over 128 acres to explore, barbecuing facilities, eco trails, as well as a coffee shop for a post walk stop off.
If you’re a dog sitter in Belfast out and about looking for a big park to explore - this is it. With plenty of eco trails and lots of open space you’re guaranteed to see your dog’s tail wagging. A lovely natural uncultivated park, with lots of dog walkers and pooches dotted around. If you fancy picking up the pace there are plenty of trails to run along with distances clearly marked so you can track your progress.
Where to eat in Belfast with your dog
The Dirty Onion
Based in one of Belfast’s oldest buildings, this pub is dog-friendly and even had a ‘Pooch Social’ back in March 2018! It’s part of the Belfast Traditional Music Trail and is well worth a stop off after a dog walk.
This little corner pub offers a healthy variety of beer on tap, and is renowned for its craft beer. During the summer the beer garden is a perfect place to have a wood-fired pizza, a beer, and soak up the sun. Dogs are welcomed here with water bowls and treats - and can even feature on their website if you take a picture of your pooch in the pub!
The Lock Keepers Inn
If you are looking to walk a dog in Belfast and head for lunch afterwards - The Lock Keepers Inn is a fab choice. With easy access to some great walking routes, this pub is the ideal spot to refuel with lunch. You can even tour the old two-roomed lock keepers house next door. It’s reasonably priced, very popular and (of course) very dog-friendly.
Local vets in Belfast
As a dog owner we know your number one priority is looking after your dog and it’s always nice to know where your local vet is.
Located on Tates Avenue and open Monday - Saturday, City Vets offers a range of services from neutering, vaccinations, dental treatment and consultations.
Earlswood Vets provide Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, Surgical and Internal Medicine referrals alongside Cardiac, Rehabilitation/Physiotherapy and Alternative Medical (Acupuncture/Homeopathy) referrals and first opinion services.
You can also take a look at our Veterinary Advice page for tips and tricks for ensuring your dog is healthy and happy.
Pet shops in Belfast
Avenue Pet Shop
A community pet shop, Avenue Pets is located on the outskirts of the city, stocking a variety of necessities for your much-loved pooch.
Pets at Home
If you’re looking for a pet superstore then you can’t get much better than Pets at Home. From food and treats to toys and grooming there’s something for every pup!
If it’s time for your pooch to relax and be pampered Deputy Dog offer bathing and drying, bespoke cuts and styling as well as nail clipping and ear cleansing.
Whether you would like to borrow a dog in Belfast or you’re an owner that is looking for someone to walk your dog, why not check out the friendly borrowers and pooches in your area. You can sign up to create a profile and take a look for free.