From the highest point in Snowdonia National Park to the depths of the Gower Peninsula, Wales is one of the most popular destinations for dog owners, and once you’ve read this guide to dog-friendly holidays in Wales, we think you will agree. We have pulled together some of the best beaches where dogs can roam free, attractions that allow pets and pubs that offer the warmest of welcomes to four-legged visitors.
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Dog-friendly beaches in Wales
Peppered with over 100 beaches, many of which remain dog-friendly throughout the year, the magical coastline of Wales is a haven for dogs and their humans. While some of the busier destinations operate seasonal bans on some sections, you are unlikely to find a beach where dogs are completely unwelcome. Visit pristine white sands like Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsula - previously named as the 'UK's No. 1 Dog-friendly Beach'. Explore the 50 incredible beaches in beautiful Pembrokeshire, all of which are dog-friendly (some restrictions apply to small sections in the summer). In North Wales on the Isle of Anglesey and Llyn Peninsula, it wouldn’t be uncommon for it to be just you, your pal and miles of beach.
(Llyn Peninsula, Anglesey & the rest of North Wales)
Dog-friendly places to visit in Wales
To save the disappointment of your pet having to miss out, we have researched the very best dog-friendly places to visit in Wales. You will be delighted to learn that across Wales, many attractions welcome dogs, from castles and abbeys to adventure parks and mountain railways! Visit famous landmarks like Pembroke Castle or Valle Crucis Abbey, go underground at the National Showcaves or climb high on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways.
Dog-friendly pubs in Wales
There is nothing better than cosying up in a country pub after a long day of adventures, especially when your pup is a welcomed customer too! We have searched high and low to find some of the most dog-friendly pubs in the whole of Wales but, if you know of any we are yet to find, we would love for you to let us know on Facebook or Instagram.
The White Eagle on the Isle of Anglesey is one of our personal favourites, not only do the owners love dogs but there is a doggy dining room, an outside doggy bar and treats are a given! We also love The Black Cock Inn because it's conveniently located halfway along the circular walk from the top of Caerphilly Mountain. A hearty meal for you and fresh bowls of water for canines will reward your efforts!
Dog-friendly cottages in South Wales
Now for the big question: where are you going to stay during your dog-friendly holiday in Wales? We have plenty to choose from but here are a couple of our favourites.
Paddock Barn combines luxury living with rural charm to offer couples or small families the ultimate escape in Wales. While you dine alfresco and soak up the impressive views from the landscaped gardens, your pet can follow his nose around the garden or snooze in front of the wood burner. Keeping your canine entertained on holiday will be easy with the plethora of walks straight from the doorstep. Explore the Monnow Valley, discover Skenfrith Castle, take a stroll through Buckholt woodlands or head further afield to the Forest of Dean or the Brecon Beacons for even more outdoor adventures.
Dog-friendly cottages in North Wales
Gilar House sits within 500 acres of farmland, near Betws-Y-Coed, in which you will find tranquil lakes, ancient woodlands and your very own mountain, Garn Prys, to climb. With so much to explore right on the doorstep of this characterful and stylish 1600s farmhouse, your four-legged friend will be in their element here. The enclosed walled garden is a lovely spot for relaxing after a long walk and inside, the period charm and stunning interiors will offer guests a warm welcome. Sleeping ten people, it’s the perfect choice for families or groups of friends and their beloved pet.
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Book a dog-friendly cottage in Wales
Ready to book a break with your pup? More than half of our escapes in Wales are dog-friendly, so we are confident you will find the perfect place to stay, whether you are searching for a dog-friendly cottage in South Wales or North Wales. Our dedicated dog-friendly North Wales guide and dog-friendly South Wales guide can help you out if you still aren't sure where in Wales to go.