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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 Ventnor Downs to your Itinerary

    Ventnor Downs


    Enviromental Attraction



    Enjoy the dramatic views from the highest point on the Island.

  3. Snelsmore Common Country Park

    Add Snelsmore Common Country Park to your Itinerary

    Snelsmore Common Country Park


    Country / Royal Park



    Heathland, valley bog and woodland. Suitable for most quiet recreational activities such as walking and picnicking. Walking distance to Donnington Castle.

  4. Add Kent & Sussex Holiday Cottages to your Itinerary

    Kent & Sussex Holiday Cottages



    Enjoy freedom of choice from our superb selection of over 250 self-catering accommodation ranging from apartments, cottages, barn conversions, granaries and Oast houses throughout the beautiful counties of Kent and East Sussex.

  5. Add Mote Park to your Itinerary

    Mote Park


    Country / Royal Park



    Mote Park has been a popular place to visit for both visitors and locals being a huge green open space in the heart of town. Its vast number of mature trees create a landscape of tranquil beauty.

  6. Add Rockbourne Roman Villa to your Itinerary

    Rockbourne Roman Villa


    Historic Site



    Rockbourne is near Fordingbridge in a picturesque and peaceful part of Hampshire close to the New Forest

  7. Add Painshill Landscape Garden  to your Itinerary

    Painshill Landscape Garden





    Painshill is a great family day out and a beautiful 18th century landscape garden to visit. The 158 acre wonderland has something for everyone.

  8. Add Bursledon Brickworks Museum to your Itinerary

    Bursledon Brickworks Museum


    Industrial Archaeology



    Come and be amazed at the authentic sights, sounds and smells of the last steam-driven Victorian brickworks in the UK.

  9. Add Southwater Country Park to your Itinerary

    Southwater Country Park


    Country / Royal Park



    This 90 acre (36 ha) site, created from a former brickworks, has level surfaced paths which provide an easy-going lakeside walk. Offering a selection of outdoor activities including an adventure-style play area.

  10. Add New Forest Living to your Itinerary

    New Forest Living



    Guests say:

    “Watching ponies from the front windows of our cottage was wonderful”

    “The Kids loved the large garden and walks straight into the forest”

    “We stayed here for our honeymoon, so relaxing, so private and romantic.

    “Lovely cabin


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