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10 Dog Friendly Trips To Plan With Your Dog In 2023

Admiral Pet Insurance helps dog owners to discover dog friendly places

Increased dog ownership since the pandemic is still having a big impact on the UK staycation industry with more Brits looking at ways they can include their furry friends in their getaways. 

Reports from Kennel Club suggest that dog ownership has risen by nearly 8% annually since the start of the pandemic in 2019. Furthermore, Google Trend data shows a 132% increase for the search term ‘dog friendly holidays’ compared to May 2021.

Admiral Pet Insurance has struck up an exciting new partnership with Dog Furiendly, a free-to-use national travel platform for dog owners. The platform lists dog friendly places, such as pubs, cafes, hotels and events. It has been coined as a TripAdvisor for dog owners. 

The one-year partnership will see the two companies working closely together to promote responsible dog ownership and to ensure that dog owners feel confident when traveling with their dog. 

Alongside this, the partnership will see both brands offer support and guidance on how to build a happy and healthy life with your dog, whether home or away.

“Our tails are wagging to team up with Admiral. Dogs can get into all types of mischief when they’re out and about, and we want dog owners to explore dog friendly places with total peace of mind.”

“At the core of both of our brands lies similar values which aim to improve the quality of life for pets and their owners, making us a natural fit.”

Founder of Dog Furiendly, Adele Pember

To celebrate the partnership, both brands have worked together to source 10 of the UK’s best dog friendly adventures to inspire you and your dog. Admiral Pet Insurance customers can completely relax whilst enjoying their dog-friendly UK staycations, as all policies include up to 30 days’ cover while you travel on holiday with your pet in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

“We’re excited to team up with the guys at Dog Furiendly as we know they love dogs as much as we do. 

“Spending time with your dog and taking them on interesting adventures is good for your wellbeing and for theirs. Dog Furiendly has great advice and suggestions for days out, holidays and events that will keep you both happy and healthy.”

Head of Admiral Pet Insurance, Pritpal Powar

Meet New Animals At a Dog Friendly Zoo

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens – The Cotswolds

It’s not very often that you can say that your dog met a Rhino at the weekend or have the opportunity to take a photo of your pooch next to a giraffe. Well say hello to The Cotswolds Wildlife Park and Gardens, the UK’s only dog friendly zoo. 

Having the opportunity to meet other animals is an incredibly enriching experience with plenty of new smells for them to enjoy. This incredible place has over 260 animal species to discover together, and over 160 acres of parkland to explore (on-lead of course).

Instagram: @laula.co

Spend The Night Behind Bars With Your Criminal Canine

Malmaison Oxford – Oxford

This former prison allows you to spend the night behind bars with your furry friend. Each room is packed with character and all the original prison features that date back to the 1800s. Not all of the rooms are prison cells so be sure to ask should you want to experience this unique stay. 

The interior is far from groggy bunk beds and buckets, in fact it’s beautifully decorated, filled with funk and high-end trimmings. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to stay with you for £10 per night.

Visit a Dog Friendly Beach Famed For Its Hollywood Scenes

Freshwater West – Pembrokeshire

While it’s been featured in films such as “Robin Hood” and “Their Finest”, Most famous for an iconic scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where Dobby the Elf dies and is buried on the beach. When you visit Freshwater West you can visit Dobby’s grave and leave a rock or a sock to remember him by.

Grab a Pint In Britain’s Oldest Dog Friendly Pub

The Old Ferryboat Inn – Cambridgeshire

This thatched, white-stone pub dates back to 560 AD, making it one of Britain’s oldest watering holes. Its claim to fame stems from records kept and it’s mention in the Domesday Book, the “Great Survey” completed in 1086 by order of King William the Conqueror. 

Dogs have been welcomed for centuries, and today it’s no different. Waggy tails are always welcome while you pull up a chair, order some food and sip on a refreshing tipple.

Trek The Surrey Hills With Dog-Loving Llamas

Merry Harriers – Surrey

Nestled away in the quiet village of Hambledon, you can find the Merry Harriers. This quirky country inn has cosy accommodation, resident llamas and a deep love for our furry canines.

Llama treks take place every day from the inn, where you can explore the Surrey Hills with an experienced guide. The Llamas are well-accustomed to doggy guests and some walks even include a picnic with a spread of classic British treats.

Taken by @polka_dot_loki of @good.boy.ollie

Drool Over A Doggy Cocktail Menu

Smith & Whistle – London

The Smith & Whistle are renowned for being dog friendly. Here you can find London’s very first permanent drinks list for canine consumption, created in collaboration between the bar’s mixology team and dog nutritionist, David Jackson. Treat your pooch to a range of ‘Dogtails’ including Bubbly Bow Wow or a Poochie Colada.

Meet The Seals With Your Pooch

Cornish Seal Sanctuary – Cornwall

Cornwall is jam-packed with trendy bistros, cafes, bakeries and so much more, but one place gets our seal of approval. The Seal Sanctuary is home to rescued Seals, penguins, otters and sea lions too. Seals share many characteristics with our canine companions, and they are often called the dogs of the seaworld. So your pooch can say a big hello to their marine cousins!

Play In The Snow All Year Long

Snow Dogz at Snow Factor – Glasgow

Snow Factor is Scotland’s only year-round snow sport resort. They host Snow Dogz sessions where your pooch can enjoy an hour playing in fresh snow and make new furry friends. 

Each play session is hosted in a safe, secure area with hoops, cones and tunnels to keep them entertained. Great way to cool down in summer or escape a dreich winter day.

Visit a Medieval Fortress With Your Knight In Furry Armor

Caerphilly Castle

Did you know, Wales has more castles than any other country in Europe? Many of them are dog friendly too, just like Caerphilly Castle.

Dogs are only allowed at ground floor level only but, with plenty of things to see and photo opportunities, this won’t stop you from having a great day! You can even visit the Great Hall which is usually dressed up with old banners, shields and art. We especially love the Leaning Tower, which is known to be even wonkier than that of Pisa.

Instagram: @thewanderingcavaliers

Rest Your Sleepy Paws In A Dog Friendly Hobbit Hole

Hobbit Hideaway – Moray

Enjoy the magic of middle earth with your furry hobbit. Set in a peaceful valley at the foot of Ben Rinnes mountain in Moray.  From the moment you step through the wooden door, it will feel as though you are stepping into a storybook. Nope, it won’t be Mr Baggins or Frodo to greet you but a wonderful eco-home lovingly made using locally sourced, renewable and recycled materials, including hand-crafted furniture!

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