The Canine guide to Yorkshire holiday cottages


The Canine guide to Yorkshire

Elianne Reed 12 November 2019

We all know that the glorious county of Yorkshire is commonly known as 'God's Own Country'. As our canine roving reporters are quick to point out, God is dog spelt backwards, so as far as they are concerned, this beautiful land must have been made for our canine friends too, right? We think so - read on to find out just how much.

Dog in car

There's so much to do on holiday when you've got four paws and a waggy tail. Long, muddy walks in the countryside, lazy afternoons splashing about in the sea or visiting magnificent stately homes with the humans, not forgetting all those dog-friendly pubs where tired hounds can refuel before getting back to it! 

We've put together the best places in Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Dales to visit when you have a dog or two in tow, so you don't have to spend precious walkie time researching the best places to visit. We've also collated a guide to the finest pet-friendly holiday cottages across the county so that when it's time to settle down for the night, you'll have somewhere absolutely wonderful to put your paws up. 

What have we got to get tails wagging?

Click to fetch Yorkshire's...
🐾 Top walkies
🏖️ Top beaches
🐶 Top days out 
🍴 Top dining spots 
🏡 Top places to stay

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Robin Hoods Bay

The best W-A-L-K-I-E-S in Yorkshire

Dog in woods

Let's face it, walkies is going to be boldly written in red right at the top of the doggy holiday diary. Yorkshire is known for being extremely dog-furendly so gather together your best four-legged pal and check out what the county has to offer.

Sniff out some of the best walks here - from musty woodlands and flower-filled forests to gentle dales and rugged moors, our guide to the best dog walks in Yorkshire will be sure to get tails wagging.

Yorkshire dog walks

Ulti-mutt dog-friendly beaches in Yorkshire

Dog on beach in water with stick

Yorkshire isn't only brooding moors and rolling dales, it has a fabulous long dog-friendly stretch of coastline with pup-welcoming seaside resorts and gorgeous tranquil patches of sand for the ultimate in frisbee throwing.

You'll want to get the inside scoop on which beaches are the best for paddling and wave dodging - check out which ones love canine visitors and hunt out the ones which don't have too many restrictions in the summertime. Dogs like a bit of sunbathing too you know! Our guide to the best dog-friendly beaches in Yorkshire will help you to find the top spots for all the family. 

Dog-friendly beaches

Sniff out the best attractions in Yorkshire

Dog in car

While we realise that muddy puddles and frothy waves can't be beaten, holidaying hounds need to see the local sights too. Children also get bored with too much walking, so if you've got the whole family with you, check out some great places where little legs are welcome, be it two or four.

Whether they want to be by your side as you hunt down the best National Trust properties and historical sites or join you to discover the more unusual Yorkshire attractions, we have some excellent non-walkie places where you can take the hound. Here's our guide to the most fabulous dog-friendly attractions in Yorkshire where pups can come too. 

Dog-friendly days out

Let Fido take the lead to the best places to eat in Yorkshire

dog sitting outside restaurant with owners

Nobody wants to finish a beach walk or a fab afternoon out at a stately home, only to find that the pub you have chosen on the way home doesn't allow Muttley in. We simply couldn't enjoy our Yorkshire puddings if our favourite friend wasn't allowed to join us.

Discover some of Yorkshire's eateries that welcome hungry hounds to their doors - from country pubs with delightful beer gardens to coastal cafés looking out to sparkling seas, check out our faves in our guide to the most dog-friendly places to eat in Yorkshire.

Dog-friendly places to eat

Sit, stay and lie down in Yorkshire’s most dog-friendly cottages 

Dog at holiday cottage

When the day comes to an end, you'll all need a cosy holiday home to retreat to, ready to take on the next day's tail-waggingly good adventures. Whether it's a cute cottage you are after or a luxury space with swimming pool and hot tub, we have the perfect paw-friendly pad for you.

Turn up the toastiness with a stay in one of our pet-friendly cottages. Our guide to Yorkshire's finest dog retreats will be sure to make the beginning and end of each day a top-dog experience.

Top Yorkshire cottages


With all of the above, you'd be barking mad to not head to Yorkshire for your next holiday. Moors, dales and wolds; a spectacular coastline; great dog-friendly places to visit and welcoming pubs where you can all stop for a pint of the local ale or a welcome bowl of fresh water - we told you it was called dog's own country for a reason!

Check out our portfolio of dog-friendly cottages in Yorkshire or have a browse of our other dog-friendly guides to discover similar top dog-friendly regions to visit across the UK. 

Dog-friendly Yorkshire cottages

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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