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Best places to visit for dog friendly holidays

Bring the dog on your holiday and lap up everything the South East has to offer with welcoming accommodation, pubs, restaurants, events and activities. Our ruff guide of the best places to take your dog will ensure you'll never have to leave your beloved pet at home.

Dog Friendly Beaches

The South East is a fabulous place for dog walking and provides an immense variety of landscapes to enjoy, from hills, parkland and woodlands to river valleys with most Country Parks accepting dogs on leads. There are many dog friendly beaches in South East England, but most have restrictions at certain times of the year so please check before you travel with the relevant local authority. The Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate coast is a perfect area for you and your four legged friend.

Dog Friendly Pubs

If visiting a Great Country Pub with your dog is your thing, then visit the Great County Pubs website for a selection of Great Country pubs that welcome dogs.

Find out which dog friendly places to visit offer the facilities to suit your needs, scenic routes for dog walking and details of dog shows that take place in the South East.

Top seven places to take your dog while on holiday

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens in Oxfordshire has won a prestigious national award for its dedication to dogs having received the most nominations from the public in the Kennel Club’s Be Dog Friendly Awards, and took the lead to be crowned top dog in the Day Out category.

Unlike many attractions, we recognise our four legged friends are part of the family and therefore a big part of your day out which is why we welcome dogs at Batsford. All we ask is you keep them on a short lead at all times and make sure you clean up after your pet.

For a great family day out and miles of beautiful pathways ideal for dog walking, head to Hampshire and Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway.

Visiting the Isle of Wight and looking for somewhere to go without leaving the dog at home? Then visit Ventnor Botanic Garden with Guided Tours of an impressive collection of rare, subtropical and exotic plants, a complimentary Children’s Trail worksheet and an outdoor playground.

The forest tracks of Bedgebury Forest in Kent are perfect for allowing your four legged friends exercise off the lead and Rubie the Schnauzer has written her very own guide for dogs to enjoy the area.

This East Sussex vineyard England’s leading Eco-vineyard tourist destination and offers ‘Vineyard & Woodland Nature Trail + Wine Tasting’ for individuals, families and groups. Dogs are made very welcome, but have to settle for water rather than wine!

The pet friendly self-catering accommodation has an ideal spot to take your dog. With a waterfront house and a courtyard garden or an apartment over the archway leading into the same small waterfront, you'll find plenty of places to walk the dog.

Kent & Sussex Holiday Cottages have over 250 Visit England approved and graded properties to choose from – many pet friendly too with lovely gardens for your four-legged friends to enjoy.

Let the train take the strain as you travel through 10 miles of Hampshire countryside to the soothing sounds of the steam engine. Stations with period charm, picturesque towns and beautiful countryside walks can all be found on our line. Dogs travel free on the line so you can truly make this a day out for all the family, we also provide water bowls available at each station.

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  1. Add Dawn Weaver Agility Dog Show at Honnington Farm to your Itinerary

    Dawn Weaver Agility Dog Show at Honnington Farm


    Participatory Event


    Tunbridge Wells


  2. Add Red Funnel Ferries to your Itinerary

    Red Funnel Ferries





    Red Funnel, the Isle of Wight specialists, offer a vehicle ferry service between Southampton and East Cowes and a fast, frequent Red Jet Hi-Speed foot passenger service between Southampton and West Cowes, Isle of Wight.

  3. Add Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard to your Itinerary

    Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard




    Staplecross, Robertsbridge

    England’s oldest Organic vineyard (Est. 1979) offers pop-in ‘Vineyard & Woodland Nature Trail + Wine Tasting’ for individuals, and guided tours by arrangement for groups 7 days/week Easter to Christmas. Also a range of Tour for Two’ vouchers. See 3 v

  4. Add Cliveden House to your Itinerary

    Cliveden House



    One of the world's finest luxury hotels, this grand stately home is set in the heart of the Berkshire countryside, surrounded by 376 acres of National Trust managed gardens. Cliveden has wonderful panoramic views over the River Thames and is one of the finest luxury hotels near London and...

  5. Add Greenham and Crookham Common to your Itinerary

    Greenham and Crookham Common


    Nature Reserve



    After many years as a military site, Greenham and Crookham Common has been restored and reopened to the public. The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and cattle and Exmoor ponies graze here.

  6. Add Chiddingstone Castle to your Itinerary

    Chiddingstone Castle


    Historic House / Palace



    Chiddingstone Castle, whose history can be traced back to the early 16th Century, is a unique country house located in the historic village of Chiddingstone in Kent. 

  7. Add The Barn (near Winchester) to your Itinerary

    The Barn (near Winchester)

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    Quiet rural retreat with panoramic views over countryside towards Winchester and the South Downs. Excellent local walking and cycling with several pubs along the way. Well-located base from which to explore Hampshire’s main attractions.


    from £330.00 to £490.00 Per Unit Per Week
  8. Add Buckland Lake Reserve to your Itinerary

    Buckland Lake Reserve


    Nature Reserve



    Sixty-acre lake with footpaths, cliff top walks, bird hides and views over surrounding countryside. Carp, trout and mixed fishing lakes, diving centre with full training facilities.

  9. Add Sheephouse Manor to your Itinerary

    Sheephouse Manor

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    Set in two acres of tranquil grounds, each of the four cosy cottages offers a home from home. The cottages sleep between two and five people and pets are welcome. Kids' play area. Free Wi-Fi. Great pubs nearby. Close to Thames Path.


    from £350.00 to £770.00 Per Unit Per Week

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  10. Add Southsea Beach Cafe to your Itinerary

    Southsea Beach Cafe





    Southsea Beach Cafe is positioned right on the beach at South Parade Pier.