The Isle of Wight is an extremely dog friendly place. An ever increasing amount of attractions there welcome your pooches along with you. From historical estates to natural spots of beauty there is plenty for you and your furry best friend to enjoy together.
Our explorer Lucy Wolfe visited the Isle of Wight with her adorable pooch Lola. Over to Lucy to tell us about her tail-wagging time!
Getting To The Isle Of Wight With Your Dog
There are two ferries that you can take over to the Isle of Wight.
Southampton to East Cowes – Vehicle Ferry 55-60 minutes.
Dogs travel free of charge with no need to pre-book. There is a designated pet lounge on board complete with bowls of water.
Dogs are also welcome on all outer passenger decks.
We travelled on Red Funnel and it was great. Lola found it a bit daunting as it was her first time on a ferry so we made sure to pack lots of squeezy cheese to placate her.
Lymington to Yarmouth – Vehicle Ferry 40 mins
Portsmouth to Fishbourne – Vehicle Ferry 45 mins
Portsmouth to Ryde – FastCat (foot only) 22 minutes
Dogs travel free of charge and you can find dog friendly areas on all ferries.
Dog Friendly Accommodation On The Isle Of Wight
There are a lot of dog friendly accommodation options on the Isle of Wight. We booked to stay at the St Helens Resort by Aria Resorts.
They were VERY dog friendly, Lola met lots of friends who were staying in the resort and the whole family really enjoyed the 20 minute work down to the estuary every evening to run around on the beach.
All of the lodges on the resort had enclosed decking, this meant that Lola was able to be off lead whilst the back doors were open and still remain safe. I was really nervous about this so it really put my mind at rest, Lola enjoyed sitting outside and enjoying the sunshine!
Some more places to find dog friendly accommodation options include Seasalt Cottage and the Travelodge Newport . To find more dog friendly options head over to our listings website.
Dog Friendly Walks
Robin Hill Country Park
Robin Hill is great! Dogs allowed in free of charge with no need to book.
The whole park is set outside and Lola could go everywhere. She even met peacocks for the first time (although she wasn’t very sure about them!). Lola wasn’t allowed on any of the rides but we were able to watch.
Dogs are allowed to do the maze and she was great at leading the way so we got out quickly.
We were visiting in Summer and there were dog bowls situated around the park with water as well as a lot of shaded areas. If you buy a ticket for Robin Hill you are allowed to visit again within a 7 day period so it’s great value for money.
Dog Friendly Things To Do On The Isle Of Wight
The Isle of Wight is one of the most dog friendly places we have visited.
We found so much to do that Lola could be a part of!
Take a boat trip around the needles. Dogs allowed on board and it’s a great way to get some wind in your ears and enjoy some new smells. No visit to the Isle of Wight is complete without a trip to The Needles, with excitement and entertainment for the whole family. Just don’t jump overboard!
This is a good place to go for a walk.
Your dog has to stay on lead as it is a working farm but it was great fun. Lola was welcomed in all outdoor areas, as well as the conservatory and terrace.
She was also allowed in the shop and Lola had great fun sniffing all of the different varieties of Garlic.
Godshill Model Village
Help your dog feel like a giant at the Godshill Model Village.
This is a fun little experience and Lola enjoyed watching the tiny little train and posing next to the buildings!
Once you’ve finished exploring the model village, you can explore the real life Godshill and stop for a Cream Tea!
Probably the main attraction (for Lola) was the beaches.
She adores running on the beach and splashing in the sea and the Isle of Wight have some great beaches, however, they aren’t all dog friendly.
Some are only dog friendly in certain areas. We would recommend Yaverland Beach, this was a huge sandy beach with lots of dogs to play with (to the left hand side during summer).
Other local attractions include the Isle of Wight Steam Railway situated in Ryde. The railway passes through 5 ¹⁄₂ miles of countryside from Smallbrook Junction to Wootton station, passing through the small village of Havenstreet. Pooches even get their own dog ticket for the train!
Dog Friendly Places To Eat On The Isle Of Wight
Super dog friendly, pooches allowed inside and out and they have their own pooch menu.
You can choose from sausages, a treat bag (including fish skins) and even polish off a dog friendly ice cream for pudding.
They also take pictures of their regular four legged customers to display on the wall inside. They are winners of the Wightlink Top Dog-Friendly place to eat and drink in the Woof Awards 2019.
After you’ve eaten you can go for a lovely walk across the fields (or actually maybe do this first as you’ll be too full after).
We found most of the pubs on the island were also dog friendly both inside and out.
Some even gave Lola a treat.
Inspired To Take A Trip?
We would like to thank Lucy Wolfe for writing about her experiences on holiday.
Has Lucy and Lola’s holiday exploring the Isle of Wight inspired you to book your next adventure?
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