Money Matters Team

Pooch-friendly city breaks in the UK

By Money Matters Team 05/01/2022

Always wanted to try a holiday with your best furry friend in tow? A weekend break is a great place to start. The UK is home to plenty of vibrant cities with the (bow) wow factor, with more and more destinations making an effort to accommodate waggy-tailed tourists.

But where should be top of your list? We’ve got a few leads...


As well as cosy pubs, one of Edinburgh’s many charms is the majestic, craggy hills that rise up right in the centre of town – so for a city break with plenty of room for outdoor adventures, it really is the best of both worlds. Start with a wee stroll in Princes Street Gardens, warm up to the views of Calton Hill and then finish the trip by conquering the big guy: Arthur’s Seat. A room at the dog-friendly (or dug-friendly) B+B Edinburgh will make sure that you both get the soft beds and hearty breakfasts you deserve.


There are enough pooch-friendly pubs in vibrant Manchester to shake a stick at, but it would be hard to beat The Beagle in Chorlton for cosy corners both you and your pup can enjoy (the clue is in the name). After filling up on their delicious beef brisket tacos, take some time out from the hustle and bustle of the city and explore the peaceful setting of Lyme Hall House and Gardens. Round your trip off by staying at Lushpad Apartments in the trendy Northern Quarter, where your dog can join you for only £10 a night or £25 a stay.


However your dog feels about baths, they’re bound to love Bath, where parks, canals and squirrels are all as plentiful as swooning Jane Austen fans. In the centre of town, Royal Victoria Park is perfect for a game of fetch, while the National Trust Bath Skyline Walk is a dog-friendly trail with stunning views of the city. And while furry friends might not be welcome to sample the thermal waters at the Roman Baths, at boutique hotel No.15 Great Pulteney they’re welcome to join you for dinner.


Every city break needs a good waterfront view, and the Welsh capital is no exception. Enjoy walkies along the Taff Trail River walk, Cardiff Bay and the wetlands nature reserve, then refuel at one of the city’s many pet-friendly pubs and cafes. Doggy tongues are welcome at historic ice cream parlour Cadwaladers and literary pooches will love Octavo’s Bookshop, Cafe & Wine Bar (with a mac’n’cheese toastie on the menu, humans will have a nice time too). Meanwhile at the New House Country Hotel, four-legged guests are spoiled rotten with treats, toys and plenty of attention. Lush.

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