Paw-friendly beaches in Kent holiday cottages


Paw-friendly beaches in Kent

Kate W 23 February 2022

The beautiful county of Kent is well-known for its iconic white cliffs and the exquisite Kent Downs which make a wonderful backdrop to any holiday, particularly to breaks requiring lots of outdoor adventure to entertain energetic pups! 

Between the towering cliffs and wildlife reserves all along the coastline, you’ll discover some of the UK's best dog-friendly beaches. There’s a wide variety of coastal landscapes for you to choose from, whether you and Fido prefer remote wildlife walks or fun-packed days on the sand.

Put your best paw forward and visit Kent on a dog-friendly beach holiday with man’s best friend and you might find yourselves exploring the UK’s only desert or enjoying an ice cream along Whitstable’s buzzing seafront.

West Beach, Whitstable

A small white dog at the water’s edge on a pebbly beach on a sunny day

Backed by the exciting resort town of Whitstable, offering miles of sand for racing about on, and with a dog-friendly pub practically on the sand, your dog will go barking mad for a day at this Kent beach! Sit back with a pint at a dog-friendly pub to enjoy the sea view and people watch while your dog explores the shingle shoreline or snoozes at your feet.

Why your dog will love it: If your dog is super sociable and likes showing off, they’ll enjoy the buzz of activity offered by this town beach which is often busy with walkers due to its location in the heart of one of Kent’s top seaside destinations.

Restrictions: None

Good to know: Pub, slipway, beach huts – shops, toilets and other amenities in town.

Stay at: Sunset Beach House, Whitstable | sleeps 4 and 2 dogs 

Why our guests love it: “Utterly perfect, our second year staying in a row, with a third already booked. Everything is so well thought out, and the homely touches make the stay perfect for a family!” – Benjamin, July 2023

Dungeness, near Lydd-on-Sea

Two small fishing boat wrecks sit tilted on a shingly beach with sun and clouds above

Said to be the only desert in the UK, this unique stretch of coastline offers wide open spaces and dramatic views with abandoned boats sitting alongside architecturally intriguing homes. Let your four-pawed pal off the leash at one of the best dog-friendly beaches in Kent with long walks among this otherworldly landscape which often inspires local photographers and artists – so don’t forget to bring your camera with you for some artsy snaps of Fido doing his best strut!

Why your dog will love it: Lots of intriguing objects to sniff out in the shingle including abandoned lobster pots and wildlife trails make this particular walkies super interesting for your doggo.

Restrictions: None

Good to know: Train station and food outlets – due to its remote nature, there are few facilities at this beauty spot.

Stay at: Stonihoe, Dungeness | sleeps 4 and 1 dog

Tankerton Beach, Whitstable

Multi-coloured beach huts lined up along a sandy beach, with the tide going out and the sun setting

This shingle beach on the north Kent coast is another classic seaside escape with east Whitstable set just behind offering a superb choice of food, drink and other amenities to keep you fuelled during your day at the beach. Tankerton Slopes is a grassy nature reserve the Whitstable end of the beach perfect for kids to run up and down, and a sandy spit appears at low tide known as ‘The Street’ which is pleasant to walk along among the lapping waves.

Why your dog will love it: Playful pups will have a great time racing about on the grassy slopes or treading along the shingle spit.

Restrictions: Summer restrictions mean that dogs cannot go on the beach between Pier Avenue and The Street from 1 May to 30 September. Dogs must be kept on a lead on the promenade during these dates too.

Good to know:  Beach huts, accessible facilities, beach shop, bar and pub – more amenities available nearby in town.

Stay at: The Mooring Post, Whitstable | sleeps 6 and 2 dogs

The Warren, Folkestone

Shrubbery at the edge of the cliffs along the Jurassic Coast, with Kent’s famous white cliffs behind

Backed by iconic Kent white cliffs, The Warren is a sandy dog beach in Kent that draws fossil hunters searching for ammonites, belemnites and shark teeth! The rocky geology of this destination also makes it a wonderful place to go rock pooling with youngsters and offers plenty of interest for canine companions. The Warren Country Park just behind is home to a wide variety of wildlife and the clifftops provide extraordinary views out to sea.

Why your dog will love it:  Your dog can enjoy all the fun of the beach before heading into The Warren Country Park for a long walk.

Restrictions: No dogs allowed between May 1 to September 30.

Good to know:  Promenade, toilets, nearest food outlets and shops are in Folkstone (1 mile).

Stay at: Kings Cottage – Sandgate, Folkestone | sleeps 6 and 1 dog

Why our guests love it: “This is a lovely cottage, we had a wonderful stay and love the sea view from the bedroom upstairs. Great to have parking, and was a great base. We definitely recommend it.” – Natasha, March 2023

Kingsgate Bay, Margate

Beach goers walking through towering sea caves on a sandy beach in Kent as the sun sets

Known for fantastic sea caves that are just waiting to be explored, towering white chalk cliffs, and overlooked by the impressive Kingsgate Castle, this is one of the most beautiful beaches in Kent for you to enjoy with your dog by your side. The cliffs also keep this bay sheltered and you may be surprised to hear that, despite its idyllic scenery, it’s often fairly quiet.

Why your dog will love it: Energetic hounds could play hide and seek or just run in circles around the incredible chalk stacks.

Restrictions: None

Good to know: Beach hut hire, pub, cafes, public toilets, car park at nearby Joss Bay.

Stay at: Seapoint, Broadstairs | sleeps 5 and 1 dog

Herne Bay, Whitstable

A dog sitting on the coast path on the Kent coastline, looking out to sea on a sunny day

Colourful beach huts, fish and chip shops and summer ice cream vans all make Herne Bay a delightful seaside retreat for you and your canine companion to discover together. It’s not the most dog-friendly beach on our list, with various restrictions in place throughout the entire year, however, it’s a top spot for families with a playful pup in tow to experience a classic seaside day out.

Why your dog will love it: There’s a great chance of tasty leftovers with the number of eateries lining the beach.

Restrictions: Dogs are not allowed on part of the beach at any time of year and must be kept on a lead on the promenade. Summer restrictions apply.

Good to know: Food outlets, shops, beach huts, car parks, public toilets.

Stay at: Pier View, Herne Bay | sleeps 6 and 1 dog

Dymchurch Beach, Dymchurch

Seagulls flying over a vast and sandy beach with the tide out and the sun shining

Part of the Romney Marshes collection of beaches and just down the coast from the remote flatlands of Dungeness sits the wide-open spaces of Dymchurch Beach. Divided up by wooden groynes, it’s a sand and shingle dog-friendly beach in Kent where sandcastle building and moat digging is encouraged and the vast space welcomes beach games.

Why your dog will love it: Dogs can have a great time chasing frisbees on this expansive sandy beach.

Restrictions: Dogs are banned on part of the beach during 1 May to 30 September, between Sycamore Gardens to the Martello car park. 

Restrictions: None

Good to know: Cafes, restaurants, pubs, amusements, car park.

Stay at: Greycot, Dymchurch | sleeps 5 and 1 dog

Walmer Beach, Dover

An aerial shot of a coastal town in Kent, with its long and sandy beach just ahead

A quiet retreat from urban life, Walmer Beach near Dover offers a peaceful spot for a stroll or racing about with no one to bump into. It’s a continuation of bustling Deal beach next door, however, while Deal beach has summer restrictions, Walmer Beach has none and is much quieter. The English Heritage-managed Walmer Castle is a 16th-century coastal defence from the reign of Henry VIII and overlooks the beach.

Why your dog will love it: There’s plenty of space to run and run and run…

Restrictions: None

Good to know: Shop, beach cafe, car park, more amenities in town – promenade, pier, public toilets, and more food outlets can be found next door along Deal beach.

Stay at: Gore Cottage, Sandwich | sleeps 5 and 4 dogs

Why our guests love it: “This cottage is idyllic. It has so much character and charm, set in a peaceful location. It’s dog-friendly with a large, enclosed garden. The location was perfect for sightseeing.” – Anna, June 2023

Palm Bay, Margate

An aerial shot of Margate in Kent, with waves rolling towards the region’s famous white cliffs

Near the exciting seaside resort of Margate sits beautiful Palm Bay, a sandy Kent beach that welcomes dogs all year round. A great place for pups to dig, splash through waves and greet other dog walkers on their morning stroll, you and Fido will both have a wonderful time at this Margate beach. This spot is also a superb place for jet skiers so don’t be surprised to see a few racing about out on the water.

Why your dog will love it: It’s a popular dog-walking beach – said to be one of the top dog-friendly sandy beaches in Kent – so your pup may get to meet a few friends during your visit!

Restrictions: None

Good to know: Promenade, café, public toilets – more amenities in town behind the beach.

Stay at: 3 Beach Mews, Broadstairs | sleeps 8 and 2 dogs

St Mary’s Bay Beach, Romney Marsh

A vast and sandy beach in Kent as the tide is out, with a couple walking their dog in the distance

One of the five popular Romney Marsh beaches, St Mary’s Bay is one of the most popular for families and sunbathers in the summertime and becomes a walker’s paradise during the cooler months. Spend time down on the sandy shores, picnicking and paddling in the sea, before enjoying a wildlife walk through the marshes themselves.

Why your dog will love it: Your canine companion will enjoy sniffing wildlife trails in the marshes and keeping an eye out for the birds and mammals that live here.

Restrictions: Dog restrictions apply from 1st May to 30th September. 

Good to know: Promenade, cafés, public toilets, car park, and there’s a pub in the village behind the beach.

Stay at: Marwood Farm Cottage, Aldington | sleeps 6 and 1 dog

All of Kent's dog-friendly beaches with no restrictions

Abbot's Cliff

Dumpton Gap


Fulsam Rock Margate

Hampton Pier - West 

Isle of Grain

Kingsgate Bay

Lydden Spout

Palm Bay

Reculver Beach

Samphire Hoe

Sandwich Bay

Shakespeare Beach



Westbrook Bay Margate 

Whitstable Beach

Dog-friendly holidays in Kent

Get the whole pack over to Kent for a wonderful beach holiday in a region famed for its white chalk cliffs and exciting seaside resorts, it’s always a good choice for a break. 

Begin browsing through our collection of dog-friendly cottages in Kent and find yourself and your pampered pup a great seaside escape. 

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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