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Dog Friendly Guide To Kent

Kent is known as the “garden of England” for its abundance of orchards. This should be an indication of how comfortable your pooch will be there. It’s hard to think of what Kent doesn’t have that you could possibly want. From rolling green hills and scenery to stunning views of the White Cliffs of Dover, Kent has it all.

There are also many historical sites and buildings to visit such as Canterbury Cathedral and Leeds Castle. Best of all though is how welcome your pooches will feel wherever you go in the county.

Check out our pick of some of the best dog friendly spots in Kent!


Shops- There are numerous dog friendly shops in Kent. These include but are not limited to Lush, Wren Kitchens and Hobbycraft.

Dobbies Garden Centre Gillingham– If you need a coffee to pick you up or you love getting your fingers green in the garden then Dobbies is the place to go. Dogs are welcome in-store provided they well behaved and kept on lead. Visiting pooches will be provided with fresh water from the dog drinking station.

TimeQuest– This fun challenge gives you an hour to escape from a locked room. You and 2-5 other players must find hidden clues and solve puzzles to escape a themed room in your 60 minute window. Team work, quick thinking and smarts are required to complete this challenge. Let your pooch unleash their inner Sherlock Bones!

Dog Friendly Accommodation In Kent

Travelodge – There are multiple Travelodges dotted around Kent. This includes one in Maidstone Central, Chatham Martime Hotel and Travelodge Medway on the M2. Up to 2 dogs are welcome at the cost of £20 per dog.

Days Inn – Located on the M20 this hotel has convenient access to Mote Park, Leeds Castle, The Euro Tunnel and Gatwick airport. Days Inn offers a comfortable stay for a reasonable price and are welcoming to furry companions. Three dogs may stay for the price of £10 per pet per stay.

Chilston Park Hotel– This classic British country house hotel in Lenham is a stunning 17th century manor house. The Grade 1 listed building sits in 22 acres of parkland and features a two star AA Rosette restaurant. This dog friendly hotel is a popular wedding venue and is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway.

Mercure Maidstone Hotel– The perfect setting for a relaxing stay within 26 aces of beautiful landscaped gardens. The historic Leeds Castle is just a stones throw away from the hotel and is great to explore. Enjoy a delicious meal in The Arts Brasserie, the hotels internationally inspired restaurant.

Dogs of any size are welcome for the cost of £15 per pet, per night.

Dog Friendly Places To Eat

Bartellas Restaurant & Bar – This dog friendly restaurant, bar and cocktail lounge serves delicious Mediterranean inspired food. You’re welcome to bring a human as your plus one but pooches are preferred!

The Cricketers Inn – An award winning pub serving stunning food produced by a professional team of chefs. Dogs are welcome in the extensive garden area facing the cricket green and the bar area.

Hook & Hatchet Inn – This friendly rural pub is set alongside nearly 600 acres of National Trust Woodland. It’s the perfect place to call in for a drink and a meal after you’ve worked up an appetite on a long walk. Dogs are always welcome and the classic pub food on offer is mouth watering.

The Butcher’s Block – Recently named a finalist in the Kent Dining Pub Of The Year Awards. This relaxed and informal pub restaurant serves freshly cooked food made from locally sourced ingredients. The pub even has a resident dog Butch who gives visitors and fellow pooches a warm waggy tailed welcome.

Dog Friendly Pubs

In addition to these great options there are any number of pubs that welcome dogs in Kent. Dog Furiendly recommends:

The Golden Lion– situated in the village of Luddesdown. This free house country pub has a large garden to relax in in summer and open fires bidding you a warm welcome in winter. Perfect for walkers, cyclists, families and of course dogs!

The Robin Hood– Dogs are not permitted into the restaurant but there are 2 designated rooms where you can eat and drink with your pooch. The pub itself is 700 years own and is equipped with two bars, a wood burner and conservatory. There is also a large garden for your dogs to enjoy.

The Park Gate Inn– All members of the family are welcome here including of course your furry companions. Dogs will be greeted with a fresh bowl of water and are welcome in all parts of the bar area.

Dog Friendly Kent Cafes

Cafe Focus– Located in Capstone Park Country Park. This cafe is the perfect spot for a coffee or a bite to eat before or after a long walk with your pooch. Menus include sandwiches, sweet treats, coffees and hot drinks and smoothies.

Baskerville’s Coffee House– Award winning Coffee House in the heart of Allington, Maidstone. They serve fabulous coffee and delicious food which includes a lovely afternoon tea. They offer delicious breakfasts, brunches and sweet treats to enjoy alongside your pooch.

Great Dog Walks Nearby

Shorne Woods Country Park– This park has an eco-friendly visitor centre and restaurant, fishing lakes, trail and picnic and play areas. Not to mention 292 acres of beautiful woodlands, wetlands and meadows to explore. Shorne Woods Country Park has everything you need to spend a day enjoying the best of Kent’s countryside

Capstone Farm Country Park

Opening times- This area is a former farm turned into a landscaped park and open space area. Classed as an Outstanding Area Of Natural Beauty this park is open year round.

  • January and February 6.00am-4.30pm
  • March 6.00am-6pm
  • April – 6.00am-7.30pm
  • May-August 6.00am-8.30pm
  • September 6.00am-7.30pm
  • October – 6.00am-6.00pm
  • November and December 6.00am-4.30pm

Mote Park – Existing since the 13th Century this park used to be owned by the royal family. Freely accessible to the public this idyllic lanscape is over 180 hectares. The park features grasslands, rivers, woodlands and a lake as well as activities like childrens play areas, a sky trail, climbing wall, water sports and a leisure centre.There are even historical features like Mote House and a walled garden.

As you can see, Kent is a fantastic destination to visit with your pooch. It is positively filled with dog friendly places to visit with your furry best friend. Are there any great options you’ve with your dog in Kent that we left out?

Let us know in the comments!

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