It is well known the UK is a nation of dog lovers, and with many of us worrying about the increasing cost of living, staycations with our pooches may be a good option. With a range of beaches, countryside’s, forests, and cities to choose from, where do dog owners really want to take their dogs? Here, Argos Pet Insurance establishes the most popular dog friendly destinations in the UK.
When looking at locations to take your dog across the UK, the following came out on top, with the most searches for ‘dog friendly’ places:
Cornwall – 24,700 average monthly searches
The Lake District – 18,100 average monthly searches
Scotland – 17,350 average monthly searches
Wales – 15,900 average monthly searches
Norfolk – 11,800 average monthly searches
Devon – 10,900 average monthly searches
Yorkshire – 7,350 average monthly searches
New Forest – 7,050 average monthly searches
Dorset – 6,850 average monthly searches
London – 6,100 average monthly searches
Combining relevant searches with top searches around the type of places people want to take their dogs, top searches are:
Cottages – 115,250 average searches per month
Hotels – 80,300 average searches per month
Pubs – 74,700 average searches per month
Restaurants – 67,200 average searches per month
Beaches – 57,750 average searches per month
Cafés – 12,100 average searches per month
Airbnbs – 4,600 average searches per month
Glamping – 4,600 average searches per month
Garden centres – 3,250 average searches per month
Shops – 1,450 average searches per month
If you combine the data for dog friendly related searches for cottages, hotels, Airbnbs and
glamping, this would mean dog friendly holiday related searches total around 205,000 average searches per month in 2022.
‘Dog friendly pubs near me’ has over 32,000 average searches per month. If you’re on the lookout for a dog-friendly pub, why not try the aptly named The Dog pub in Grundisburgh, Surrey, winner of the Dog-Friendly Pub Awards 2018? Or The Lorne in Scotland, a traditional
Scottish pub set in the heart of Oban This Scottish delight is often praised for being a ‘dog-friendly gem’ by customers on TripAdvisor.
Whether your dog loves to splash in the sea or just enjoys the feeling of sand beneath their paws, taking dogs to the beach is clearly a popular pastime. The specific term ‘dog friendly beaches’ averages 17,000 searches every month. It’s important to check the beach you’re heading to is dog friendly, as many beaches around the British coast only allow dogs at certain times of the year and some don’t allow them at all. The Beach Guide provides a helpful breakdown of truly dog friendly beaches by region.
The research showed some interesting and unusual places to take your dog, here are some top picks:
Muddy Dog Challenge– The Muddy Dog Challenge, in aid of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, is a 2.5K and 5K obstacle course that you can take on with your dog by your side. Locations include New Forest, Manchester, Derby and many more.
Steam Train Experience – The North Yorkshire Moors Railways welcomes well behaved dogs at £3 each or free if you are a member (July 2022 prices). Dogs should be kept on a short lead and are not allowed on the seats. Think of the adventures you could have, travelling onboard a heritage steam or diesel train, through the enchanting North Yorkshire Moors National Park!
Dog-friendly cinemas – Who’d have thought that you would be able to take your dog to the cinema? Well, the good news is that if you have a Picture house cinema near you, you can. Keep an eye out for their dog-friendly screenings. These take place ruff-ly once a month, usually on
So, dog leads at the ready, it’s time to explore the places dog lovers across the UK love to visit and some unlikely places too!