Complete dog-friendly guide to Yorkshire holiday cottages

Complete dog-friendly guide to Yorkshire

Julie Smith 29 April 2021

Thinking about bringing your dog on holiday to Yorkshire with you? There are so many dog-friendly things to see and do in this glorious county, from bracing walks in the countryside to cosy country pubs in pretty villages where you can enjoy some food and drink while they warm their paws by the fire.

To help you plan the perfect pet-friendly short break or holiday to Yorkshire we have got all the information you need, with dog-friendly cottages in a range of lovely locations and inspiration for days out exploring with four-legged friends by your side. There’s even a handy ultimate guide to dog-friendly Yorkshire that’s filled with wonderful things to see and do.

Dog-friendly things to do in Yorkshire

Dog-friendly Yorkshire holidays

No one wants to come on holiday and run out of things to do, and planning activities is always trickier when you want to include pet pooches. Luckily, Yorkshire is filled with plenty of fun-filled dog-friendly activities that will keep the whole family happy, so you’ll never be bored during your gorgeous getaway.

Dog-friendly days out

There are lots of options for a dog-friendly day out in Yorkshire, with attractions like Mother Shipton’s Cave near Harrogate and the Ryedale Folk Museum in Hutton-le-Hole welcoming four-legged friends. Dogs can also hop aboard a vintage steam train with you for a glorious journey on the NYMR heritage railway between Pickering and Whitby.

Dog-friendly beaches

Dog friendly Yorkshire - things to do

The Yorkshire Coast is filled with dog-friendly beaches that range from sandy shores in popular seaside resorts, such as Whitby, Scarborough, and Filey, to golden sands that frame coastal coves, like Staithes and Robin Hoods Bay. Find out all the information you need, including facilities and any restrictions, with this guide to the dog-friendly beaches of Yorkshire.

Dog-friendly gardens

Whether it’s breathing in fresh floral scents, wandering along a pretty tree-lined pathway or witnessing the changing colour schemes of the seasons, there’s something very soothing about an English country garden. Yorkshire has everything from hidden walled gardens to huge arboretums where you can stroll amongst the plants with four-legged friends by your side. We have compiled six of the best dog-friendly gardens to visit on your next getaway to Yorkshire.


Dog-friendly walks

Dog-friendly Yorkshire walks

If you’re looking to get some fresh air and exercise, there’s no better way to do this than on a dog-friendly Yorkshire walk. From gentle rambles around pretty wildflower meadows to challenging hikes along the peaks and valleys of the Yorkshire Dales, we have compiled some of the very best walking routes to try.

Dog-friendly guides and inspiration

Dog-friendly Yorkshire inspiration

Featuring tips and advice to help your dog-friendly getaway run smoothly, as well as a rundown of some of the best pubs to visit, our useful guides will help ensure you have a brilliant Yorkshire holiday with your favourite four-legged friends.

Dog-friendly towns and villages

Yorkshire is one of the most dog-friendly regions around, and you’ll find cafes, pubs and attractions all over the county that will happily welcome four-legged friends. We have pulled together a selection of towns and villages that are brimming with these dog-friendly places and are just right for your next short break or holiday.

Tips for taking your dog on holiday

Dog-friendly Yorkshire holidays

Keeping dogs happy and healthy during your UK staycation is essential, and ensuring they quickly feel at ease in new surroundings means you can relax and enjoy your cottage holiday. This useful guide contains lots of help and advice to help you keep your dog safe and comfortable during your getaway to Yorkshire.

Dog-friendly pubs

Whether you fancy settling down in a characterful and cosy bar and keeping warm by the roaring log fire or enjoying some tasty food in a Yorkshire dining inn, there are lots of dog-friendly pubs to choose from. You’ll find traditional country pubs located in pretty villages, stylish bars in popular market towns and an array of beautiful beer gardens where you can relax and make the most of warmer summer months. These guides will help you find the best pubs in the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales.


Planning the perfect dog-friendly holiday

Make sure you find the right holiday cottage in the best location for you and your pet with this guide to planning the perfect dog-friendly holiday. Discover some of the five-star features that dog-friendly holidays can come with so that you can add a little luxury to your next dog-friendly getaway.

The ultimate dog-friendly guide to Yorkshire

Family with dog

We have collated information on all the best dog-friendly things to do and places to go into one ultimate guide, so you can happily explore the Yorkshire coast and countryside with pet pooches by your side. Whether you’re looking for excitement, relaxation, wonderful views or a little bit of everything, you’ll be all set for your next getaway to dog-friendly Yorkshire.

Dog-friendly Yorkshire cottages

Dog-friendly Yorkshire cottages

Yorkshire is brimming with dog-friendly holiday cottages, including cosy and romantic boltholes by the Yorkshire Coast and sprawling family farmhouses in the Yorkshire Dales. You’ll find features such as heated flagstone floors, characterful wood-burners and enclosed gardens with lots of space for four-legged friends to run around and safely burn off some energy.

Dog-friendly holiday cottages on the Yorkshire Coast

Yorkshire Coast

Whether you fancy spending time in a picturesque fishing village like Robin Hood’s Bay or are thinking of heading to a popular seaside resort such as Whitby and Scarborough, there's an assortment of dog-friendly holiday homes dotted along Yorkshire’s dramatic coastline. Explore some of our dog-friendly cottages on the coast:

Robin Hood’s Bay    Staithes    Whitby    Scarborough    Flamborough     Sandsend

Dog-friendly holiday cottages in the Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Dales

There are endless walking options with glorious views and wide, open spaces on a dog-friendly holiday to the Yorkshire Dales. You can wander along gently flowing rivers, seek out some wonderful waterfalls and discover lots of dog-friendly pubs to call in for refreshments. It’s up to you whether you stay in a popular village or a market town, such as Hawes, Middleham or Settle, or head off the beaten track and stay somewhere rural for the ultimate relaxing break. 

Swaledale    Wensleydale   Harrogate   Skipton    Hawes    Pateley Bridge    Middleham

Dog-friendly cottages in the North York Moors

North York Moors

You’ll find dog-friendly gardens, historic houses and an assortment of pretty villages dotted around the heather-clad moorland that the North York Moors is known for. It’s also worth visiting Dalby Forest near Pickering, which is located on the northern slopes of the North York Moors National Park and has 13 different walking trails to explore with four-legged friends, along with dog-friendly cafes and visitor centres.

Goathland    Pickering    Helmsley   Thornton-le-Dale   Gillamoor

Book your dog-friendly Yorkshire holiday

Dog-friendly Yorkshire holiday

If you have been inspired to head to Yorkshire for a fun-filled holiday with four-legged friends, browse our full range of hand-picked holiday cottages to find the perfect base for your dog-friendly getaway.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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