Britain's Most Dog Friendly Cities

Kelly Jones

Britain's Most Dog Friendly Cities

The results are in but who will be number one. Taking into consideration green space, number of vets and number of meet up groups each city has, we take a look at Britain's Most Dog Friendly Cities!

10. Nottingham

Nottingham is Britain's Greenest (city according to a study carried out by Forum for the Future). It's also the British city least dependent on cars and home to the greenest university in the world. All great news for dog owners. If you fancy taking advantage of all of these green spaces, first stop should be Nottingham Arboretum, the city's oldest public park and the closest to the city centre. Dogs are welcome (although must be kept on a lead) in this green flag award winning park and there are frequently bands and entertainers playing in the parkas bandstands to keep you entertained as well. Outside of the city centre, Wollaton Hall and Park is just over two miles outside of the city centre. Or, if you don't mind driving a little further, the Dovedale National Nature Reserve has over 29 hectares of open space for you the pooch and is perfect for those weekend walks in the countryside. For food and drink, The Organ Grinder is a fantastic, friendly, little pub in the North of the City that is extremely dog-friendly and even has an open fire for your dog to spread themselves out in front of.

9. Bristol

Bristol prides itself in being one of Britain's most dog friendly cities. There's lots of pet friendly accommodation if you are just planning on visiting for a short break, and you will find plenty to keep dogs occupied along the beautiful harbour-side or in the many parks. Beautiful walks can be found in Ashton Court Estate, Castle Park, and Queen Square. Cultural canines will enjoy seeing Bristol's arty sights. You can take yourselves on the self guided Banksy Walking Tour around Central Bristol, or admire the street art in the See No Evil exhibition running along Nelson Street. Check out the city's many dog friendly pubs: the Kings Arms is in a great location next to the Durdham Downs if you fancy a pre-pub wander, while the Air Balloon Tavern is a great place to round off a hike up nearby Troopers Hill.

8. Sheffield

According to the Sheffield government website, 'Compared to most other European cities, Sheffield has more public parks and green spaces, more tree cover, and also boasts the Peak National Park within its city boundary.' Sheffield is packed with green spaces, making it perfect for dog owners of all shapes and sizes, but especially big dog owners. If you are just visiting the city for a few days, there are plenty of pet friendly hotels and B&Bs dotted around the city centre and outskirts. For something to eat and drink why not try the aptly named 'Dog & Partridge', a cosy little pub in the heart of Sheffield's city centre. With a great selection of Ales and other drinks it's not only a popular watering hole for us dog owners but more importantly they always make sure to put out a bowl of water for your dog as well. Or for a little entertainment, try the 'Fat Cat' on Alma Street, which does actually have a resident Fat Cat. Dogs are more than welcome and most even get along with the cat as well.

7. Leicester

Surrounded by beautiful countryside and packed with plenty of heritage, Leicester is another city that's particularly friendly towards dogs. There are plenty of dog friendly businesses in Leicester, from pup friendly bars like The Black Horse to mobile dog groomers like Dial a Dog Wash. If you'd rather drop your dog in at the salon you are spoiled for choice, with excellently named groomers such as Emma Scissor Hounds, Mad Mutts & Moggies and Woof Wash to choose from.

If you fancy getting out of the city and doing something a little bit more cultural, never fear. Leicestershire has two dog-friendly English Heritage Sites. Ashby de la Zouch Castle and Kirby Muxloe Castle both welcome dogs with open arms, so you don't have to leave your four-legged friend at home to enjoy a bit of English history.

6. Cardiff

The Welsh capital has plenty to offer dogs and their owners. Cardiff has a good ratio of vets to population, so you shouldn't have any trouble getting an appointment for poorly pets. There are also lots of dog groomers, pet shops, and dog walking businesses so you will never want for anything in Cardiff.

Another area Cardiff excels in is its dog friendly pubs. A good choice is the Butcher's Arms, in the suburb of Llandaff.  Five minutes away from the banks of the River Taff, it's a great place to rest your feet after a long wander with your pup. Other pubs worth mentioning are The Lansdowne , which stocks plenty of dog treats for four-legged visitors, while The Flora has a huge courtyard perfect for spending sunny days.

5. Liverpool

Liverpool has gone through a lot of regeneration in recent years, and has become a trendy place for a weekend break. Dog owners in Liverpool can find plenty to keep their dogs happy. One of the best places in Liverpool for walkies is Formby Point, a woodland area that leads down to the beach where dogs can enjoy an off the lead romp and paddle. The beautifully landscaped Calderstones Park is another Liverpool favourite. It's not just humans who will have a great time shopping in Liverpool, there are some excellent shops designed with our furry friends in mind too. Wags and Tails Grooming Salon and Boutique is the destination for dogs who want a new look, and their mobile groomers are happy to come to your home too.  If you are looking for a pup, head to Pet's Bazzaar in Anfield. Their puppies are sourced from reputable breeders, and pride themselves on avoiding puppy farms. After a day of shopping there's nothing better than relaxing with a slice of cake, and dogs can do just that at the Doggy Love Bakery. The owners often pop up at local festivals, although you can order home-made treats like Lulu's Liver Balls, Shandy's Doggypops, and Homer's Brownie Blocks online.

4. Edinburgh

Scotland's capital is easily one of the UK's most dog-friendly cities. The city is packed with beautiful, expansive green areas like Hollyrood Park, The Meadows and The Water of Leith a areas that are so green, you forget you are in the middle of a major capital city. Although Edinburgh has always been an extremely dog-friendly city, in recent years this has become even more obvious with the number of 'Dugs Welcome' stickers than can be seen in pubs, restaurants, shops and cafes throughout the city. Pick up a bottle of wine Cornelius wine and beer shop on Easter Road and there will also be a welcoming dog bowl for your food-legged friend while you ponder big questions like 'red or white'? Fancy a coffee? Head to Artisan Roast. Fancy something stronger? The Oxford Bar, a famous haunt of author Ian Rankin is also dog-friendly. You never know you might just make it into his next novel!

3. Brighton & Hove

Brighton has more dog meet up groups (per population) than any other city in the UK; there's even a special meet up for pug owners, terriers and gun dog breeds. Don't worry if your dog doesn't fit into any of those categories: the 'all shapes and sizes' meet up or 'Brighton & Hove dog socials', both of which are extremely popular, should be perfect for you and your little one. When you are not socialising with other dog owners, Brighton has plenty of dog-friendly pubs and restaurants to explore. Try Archipelagos Taverna, one of Brighton top-rated restaurants on TripAdvisor and one of the city's most dog-friendly. Or if you fancy something a little more British, The Forager's Arms is not only dog-friendly, it's picked up plenty of awards for its food as well. Finally, there's nothing quite like a walk by the seaside and in England it doesn't get much better than Brighton. Take your dog for a stroll down the promenade and enjoy the views across the English Channel.

2. Newcastle

Plenty of pet-shops, a good ratio of vets per population, and a great range of green spaces for walkies make Newcastle the second most dog friendly city in the UK. The city is a bit of a pioneer when it comes to dog friendly pubs, with The Brandling Villa in South Gosforth making news back in 2012 when it introduced a dog friendly menu: including doggy craft beer. It's not just pub grub that's been given a makeover: Maiseys Dog Bakery is a local business specialising in cakes, cookies, and even Easter eggs designed for dogs. They sell tasty treats via a network of dog groomers throughout Newcastle and South Shields, and also have an online shop. There are plenty of green spaces in and around the city to enjoy, but it's hard to deny the charm of a walk along the River Tyne with a dog in tow. There are lots of dog friendly pubs on the quayside including Pitcher & Piano and The Red House. The metro system is also dog friendly, and best of all four-legged commuters can travel for free.

1. Manchester

Not only does Manchester have great football, fab shopping, and excellent music, it's also the most dog friendly city in Britain. Packed with great parks, boutique pet shops, and plenty of vets it's the perfect home for a pampered pooch. The suburb of Chorlton-Cum-Hardy is particularly dog friendly, boasting some excellent canine compatible gastropubs. One, The Horse & Jockey Inn, even serves 'dog beer' for their four-legged customers! Chorlton is also home to Betty & Butch doggy boutique, and the meadows are a great place to take your pals for a run. The nightlife in Manchester is well renowned, and your dog doesn't have to miss out on an evening on the tiles. Yelp lists 30 pubs in Manchester that are happy to welcome your dog with open arms, and a bowl of fresh water to slurp. Whatever your drinking style you and your four-legged friend are sure to find a boozer to suit: from the achingly hip BrewDog Bar to the friendly and traditional Famous Trevor Arms.

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