We are a nation of dog lovers with about 8.5 million dogs in the UK, so it seems fit to reason that many people will want to take their dogs on holiday with them. A popular destination in the county is the Suffolk Coast and with our dog friendly beach guide you can ensure that your dog has just as much fun at the beach as you do.
The Main Beach at Felixstowe has a restriction of no dogs on the beach between May to September. The beaches either side of the Main Beach to do not carry this restriction but owners are asked to keep dogs on leads at all times. These areas are well signposted and easy to spot. The Felsto Arms is a dog friendly pub on Sea Road.
As the name suggests, Shingle Street is a shingle beach which is dog friendly all year round. The Shepherd and Dog in Hollesley is the closest dog friendly pub at just over 2 miles away.
The main town beach in Aldeburgh has a restriction of no dogs on the beach between May to September. There is a mile long stretch of dog friendly beach to the north of the town from the Wentworth Hotel to Thorpeness. This section of beach is well signposted but please be aware of the Thorpe Road which runs parallel to the beach. The White Hart pub, situated on the High Street in Aldeburgh, is a short walk from the beach and is dog friendly. The pub’s chef is Italian and makes delicious, authentic wood fired pizzas.
There is a May to September restriction of no dogs on a small section but otherwise Thorpeness beach is completely dog friendly. Pop into the dog friendly The Kitchen for a bite to eat or a refreshing drink.
This sand and shingle beach is dog friendly all year round. The Vulcan Arms is a dog friendly pub and is a short walk inland from the beach.
Dunwich beach is dog friendly all year round as is the nearby Dunwich Heath which provides the opportunity for lots of picturesque walks. Please be aware that there are occasional restrictions on the Heath - not the beach - during nesting seasons due to Dunwich being home to RSPB Minsmere. You can always double check the dates of these restrictions with the Aldeburgh Tourist Information Centre before you head out on your walk. The Ship at Dunwich is dog friendly and makes an ideal place to stop for a pint or a spot of lunch.
Beautiful and sandy, the beach at Walberswick is dog friendly all year round. The Anchor Inn, a short walk from the beach, is a dog friendly pub that serves delicious and locally sourced food.
The main town beach is Southwold has a restriction of no dogs between May to September but the beaches to the north and south are dog friendly all year round. The Lord Nelson, a short walk from the Promenade, is a dog friendly pub which serves Adnams beer and is famous for its fish and chips.
One of the best kept secrets along the Suffolk Coast, Covehithe is a beautiful sandy beach which is dog friendly all year round.
There is a restriction of no dogs on the beach between May to September on Kessingland beach but dogs are welcome during the rest of the year so long as they are kept on leads at all times.
There are restrictions for dogs on the main beaches in Lowestoft around the Pavilion and town by the nearby Gunton Denes is dog friendly all year round so long as dogs are kept on leads.