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Top 10 Dog-Friendly Cities in the UK

by Greg Van Praagh

The summer months are the perfect time for dog owners to take their four-legged friends on new adventures. Whether you want to take your pooch for a nice long walk in the park, along the beach, or if you want to enjoy a staycation together, the UK is home to plenty of dog-friendly cities to explore.

With plenty of amazing countryside and coastal locations quite literally on our doorstep, Brits are spoilt for choice when it comes to places to explore with their four-legged friends.

The UK is packed with vibrant and exciting cities where you can explore historic attractions, National Parks or try out a dog-friendly pub or café. There are plenty of things to do with your pup in the UK’s most dog-friendly cities.

Since 29% of UK adults own a dog, we’ve sniffed out ten of the best, so whether you’re looking for a day trip or a weekend away, you can find some inspiration for your next UK getaway with your four-pawed travel companion below.

Top 10 Dog-Friendly UK Cities

Brighton

Giving you access to the seaside, countryside and the city, Brighton offers something for every dog. Spend a day enjoying the dog-friendly sections of Brighton + Hove, eating in one of the many dog-friendly cafes in the Lanes or drive 5 minutes out the city for the rolling hills of the South Downs. 


London

The biggest city in the UK, you won't struggle to find things to do with your dog. From the many parks and gardens, cafes, shops, museums and even dog-friendly tourist attractions, London easily takes our number 2 spot. 

Manchester

A place that has it all from shops, cafes, restaurants and luxury hotels. Whitworth Park is worth a visit just out the city, with over 18 acres to explore with your dog it's the perfect place to get away from the hustle after a long day. You can't miss Afflecks, a fully dog-friendly shopping centre so you can shop til you drop. 


Nottingham

With lots of dog-friendly shopping Nottingham offers the best of city and country life, with lots of beautiful countryside walks just a stones throw away from the city centre. The Nottingham Arboretum has over 800 trees, all there for your dog to explore (on lead only). 


Glasgow

A city made for walking, Glasgow is nice and easy to navigate, with plenty of walks from the city centre along the River Clyde or take a tour around town to discover their unique street art. 


Bristol

A city full of delicious places to eat with your four-legged friend, but also big days out too. You can hop on and off the Bristol Ferry to get the best views of the harbour. For open spaces visit Ashton Court Estate with over 850 acres to explore with your four-legged friend. 


Aberdeen

This bustling city in North East Scotland is known for it's beautiful architecture, and also one of our favourite cities to visit with your dog. With over 45 city centre dog-friendly parks and Balmedie Country Park on your doorstep you'll never run out of places to take a walk. 


Liverpool

A city steeped in culture, history and places that your furry best friend will love. With plenty of hotels, bars, restaurants and parks to choose from you and your dog will have the best time. 


Sheffield

Sheffield has become more and more dog-friendly over the past few years. Escape from the bustle of the city at the Sheffield Botanical Gardens, a dog-friendly oasis in the city centre. 


Newcastle upon Tyne

With a bustling atmosphere, you won't struggle to find a bar, restaurant or cafe to take your pooch in Newcastle. If you're looking for a little more culture, there are plenty of dog-friendly museums to visit too and one of the easiest cities to get around, dogs go free on the metro!

If you decide to take a staycation with your pooch in one of the top 10 cities in our list above our tasty treats and wet pouches are great to take to feed your furry friend to help ensure your dog stays happy, healthy and well-fed when on the go.