I’m Pebbles, a four and a half year old pug. I spent the first 2 years of my life living in Cardiff and the following 2 years living in Newport, so like to consider myself a bit of an expert in all things dog furiendly in South Wales.
Newport is a city in South Wales, the third-largest city in all of Wales. With a population of over 153,000 there are plenty of dogs to be found living in this relatively quiet city.
In addition, spending time in dog friendly Newport can be a good way of saving a bit of cash if you and your pooch are heading to Cardiff for one of the many international events held there. There is a main train station in the city centre, but plenty of small stations located all around the city. For the most part, you’ll probably be within walking distance of a train that can get you into Cardiff in 15-20 minutes.
Don’t just write Newport off as a cheap base though. There’s plenty of dog friendly activities to do here to keep you occupied! Here’s our guide to dog friendly Newport.
Dog Friendly Breakfast Finds
Start your day right with a dog friendly breakfast. If you’re heading to the city centre, Drago Lounge opens at 9am with an extensive breakfast /brunch menu. They are proud of being dog friendly, and all furry friends are offered water and treats on arrival.
Looking to get lost in the beautiful Victorian arcade? The Pot Cafe has you covered with freshly prepared traditional, vegetarian & vegan home cooked food including a full breakfast.
Nothing like the fresh smell of coffee in the morning and Coffee #1 at Friars Walk certainly has you covered. They love welcoming dogs indoors with plenty of fuss.
On the outskirts of dog friendly Newport is Tiny Rebel Brewery Bar. They serve breakfast from 9.30am-11.30am on the weekends. If you’re looking for a bottomless brunch, this is your place, as you can add on 90 minutes of bottomless prosecco for £15pp.
Dogs are welcome almost everywhere at the National Trust’s Tredegar House. They are free to roam around the shaded trees of the parkland – which totals 90 acres in all. Dogs are also welcome in the formal gardens, so long are they’re leashed! After a long stroll around this historic part of Newport, head to the shop for a mooch around or the dog friendly tables in the tearoom to warm up.
Looking for a long trail to keep you busy filled with rolling rolling hills, ample farmland and an off the beaten track adventure? Head onto the Ridgeway Walk, part of the Sirhowy Valley Ridgeway Walk. This trail stretches an entire 26 miles from Newport all the way to Tredegar.
Dog Friendly Lunch Finds
If you’ve stuck to the city centre, you could return to Drago and dine from their extensive lunch menu. There’s also Tiny Rebel, a microbrewery bar smack bang in the city centre that serves up delicious pub grub. If it’s something a bit less formal you want, Holy Cheesus is well known for their awesome cheese toasties.
If you’ve ventured out to Tredegar House and want something more substantial than what’s on offer in the tearooms, head 5 minutes down the road to The Dragonfly, a Vintage Inn pub.
Finally, if you chose to walk part of the 26 mile trail at Ridgeway, The Cafe at Ridgeway serves sandwiches and paninis at lunchtime through to closing. Dogs are allowed to sit outside on the sun-drenched patio and are welcomed with water and a dog treat.
Dog Friendly Shopping
After breakfast, lunch and a nice, long walk, you dogs should treat your humans to a bit of window shopping!
Whilst our fluffy friends aren’t officially allowed into the shops around Friars Walk, they can still partake in some window shopping with you! Some shops have been known to let our furry pals in, including Schuh, so flash the puppy dog eyes and see how it goes.
While heading into the high street you can find a couple of shopping finds including Freestyle Skatestore and Tibetan Dawn.
A few minutes from Friars Walk you’ll find the national dog-friendly chain, Hobbycraft. Not far from from there is Pets at Home where you can pick up a toy to commemorate your fun day in Newps – the humans didn’t think they were going to have all the fun, did they?
And if, after all that, you dog still wants adventure how about heading to indoor dog park, Action Petz Newport.
They have a fully secure indoor and outdoor doggy play area. It costs £7.50 for a one time play session, but if you live in the area it might work out better to get a membership. Membership packages very between £21-£28 a month and allow multiple dogs from the same household to attend.
Finally, our guide to things to do in dog friendly Newport wouldn’t be complete without the iconic Newport Transporter Bridge. The transporter bridge in Newport is one of very few bridges of it’s kind still in operation. Whilst dogs aren’t allowed to climb to the top, they are welcome to sit in the car during a car crossing. There are also several walking trails around this area.
Next to here is Newport City Dogs Home who are about to open a dedicated dog exercise park for the lost, stray and abandoned dogs living here. Residents of Newport who own vulnerable dogs (likely to run away, timid or have behavioural issues) will be able to book a time slot to use the facility exclusively (fees apply).
Dog Friendly Dinner & Drinks
After a long day of exploring you and your human might think it’s time for a tipple and dinner! Fortunately, lots of the cosy bars and pubs in dog friendly Newport welcome dogs. Whilst you’ll find nearly all places with a beer garden will welcome dogs, some are also more than happy to let well-behaved pooches in side.
Looking for something city central? mEAT Bar & Grill has you covered, just a short walk from the train station. The food and drinks here are spot on and delicious, it really is like you’re in an American Diner (which our travelling paws love). The staff really go above and beyond to deliver top service and drool-worthy grub!
Another central find filled with flowing drinks and vegan bites is Le Pub. This community-built space that is adored by the locals and always has regular events taking place. This place even features table tennis and a photo-booth so you can capture a little photo memory with the dog.
Fancy a few real ciders and cask ales? Head to the CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year, Cellar Door. Just 3 minutes from the train station and you can say hello to Cae the Collie/Huntaway Dog.
Up for some tasty pizza? Ragtag has you covered. They may even offer a personalised pizza for your pooch.
On the outskirts of Newport, you have the Tiny Rebel Brewery Bar. This microbrewery bar is perhaps one of the most renowned dog friendly places in Newport. Serving food, bar snacks and an abundance of drinks (the majority of which are made on site!) This place has quickly become a local favourite.
Other dog friendly pubs in and around Newport Centre include the Friendly Fox and Tredegar Arms in Bassaleg serving your typical pub grub fare at reasonable prices.
If you are visiting Newport, be it for work or pleasure, there are several dog friendly accommodation options, but bare in mind they are pretty basic. There are some lovely options on the outskirts though, in areas like Usk!
First choice is the ibis Budget, a reliable hotel well known across the UK. They charge an extra £5 per day per dog.
The New Inn by Greene King Inns also welcomes quiet pups for an extra charge.
For an extra adventure head 10 minutes outside of Newport to Cwmcarn Forest Drive. They have a campsite where you can set up a tent or a caravan or motorhome. If you want something a bit different they offer furnished or unfurnished glamping pods that can host 2 dogs per pod. If you want uber-luxury, they have luxury lodges that come furnished to a high standard with a veranda with stunning views. Only one of the lodges is pet friendly so make sure to check before booking!
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Newport is a city of dog-owners and dog-lovers that offers plenty to do with your furry friends. Don’t knock it ’til you try it! For Dog Furiendly’s full list of dog friendly places in Newport click here.
When I’m not in Newport, I’m usually jet-setting around the world. Since Summer 2019 I have been travelling the world with my humans, clocking in 28 countries so far. You can find my adventures and tips and tricks about travelling with a dog at thetravellingpug.com or on Instagram.