• Archie

Take a Break in 2020 - 5 of the UK's Most Dog Friendly Towns.

Updated: Feb 3

January 28th is National Plan Your Vacation Day so we found some of the best places to holiday with your pooch in the UK this year.



Looe, Cornwall


Looe is a lively seaside resort on the south east coast of Cornwall. You can also take the dog friendly ferry to the nearby fishing villages of Polperro and Fowey. The area has several beaches, most of which are dog friendly all year.

The area has some fantastic shops and galleries for the humans to visit and most are very welcoming to us pooches.

There are plenty of great hotels where we can stay or you can get your own cottage for the week.

Some of Archie’s favourite places to eat are The Arch in Looe, Haveners in Fowey, Pintxo in Fowey and The Crumplehorn Inn, Polperro.



Keswick, Cumbria


This market town in the Lake District prides itself on being one of THE most dog friendly towns in the UK. In fact they were voted just that for four years running! Even high street names such as Boots, which aren’t normally welcoming to pooches are in Keswick. Many of the shops also have water and treats for us!

The area is great for walking and exploring the Lake District with the humans and after all that exercise you will be spoilt for choice where to dine. When we visited, we couldn’t find a pub or cafe that wasn’t dog friendly!

A couple of firm favourites of my Keswick friends are Java Coffee Shop and Little Chamonix Cafe.



Malton, North Yorkshire


Malton is already known as Yorkshire’s Food Capital and in 2018 it also claimed the title of UK’s Most Dog Friendly Town.

Your first stop will have to be at The Animal Arts Gallery who last year opened their Doggy Cuddle Cafe. Then take your pick of literally dozens of great places, including No.46 Cafe & Bar.

The town is on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park so plenty of walking opportunities but if you prefer the beach, the East coast is only a short drive away.



Edinburgh, Scotland


England is lucky to have such a dog friendly capital but Scotland can also claim the same, as Edinburgh is one of the UK’s most dog friendly cities. Okay, so it seems like such a long way to travel but it takes just over 4 hours to get to Edinburgh by train and dogs can travel free. For more information on taking your dog by train visit:https://canineconcepts.co.uk/travel-by-train-with-your-dog/

Trust us, the journey is totally worth it! You will be spoilt for choice where to dine with your pooch. Try afternoon tea at BrewhemiaEdin, lunch at Holyrood 9a or dinner at the newly opened McLarens on the Corner.

For the cultural pooches amongst you, a visit to Summerhall Cultural Village is a must and is dog friendly everywhere.

If you go for a longer break, be sure to explore the stunning beaches of the East Lothian Coastline.



Rye, East Sussex


The harbour town of Rye with it's cobbled hills is a quintessential English town. The good news is it is also super dog friendly.

Be sure to explore all the antique centres before stopping off for lunch at Archie's favourites, The Ship Inn and The Hoof.

One of our favourite places in the UK to stay is The Gallivant at nearby Camber Sands where we doggies are always very welcome. Read Archie's full review here.

Another fantastic but strange place to visit in the area is Dungeness, it's like another world and makes for some great photos.