by John | Sep 16, 2014 |

Dog Friendly Holidays in Suffolk


Hoping to take your pooch on holiday with you, but unsure of where they can go? We’ve done the research for you, so now the whole family can enjoy a fantastic holiday in Suffolk together...

Where to Stay

If you’re looking for a hotel, The Swan in Southwold  is pet-friendly. (Read on to find out about dog-friendly areas of the beach.)

The Westleton Crown, between Southwold and Aldeburgh, and The Ship Inn at Dunwich are both pubs with rooms that will also happily accommodate dogs.

But for a truly comfortable stay in Suffolk, look at self-catered accommodation. Suffolk Cottage Holidays and Big House Holidays both offer dog-friendly holiday lets across Suffolk, such as Quay View in Orford (sleeps 4), or Marsh Farm in Ellough (sleep 18). Click here for a full list of properties (over 100!).

Where to Eat

The Ship Inn at Dunwich accepts dogs into its pub too. You might also like to head to The Bell Inn at Walberswick, or The Harbour Inn at Southwold, keeping close to the coast.
Further inland, The Sorrel Horse in Shottisham allows dogs, as does The Bell Inn in Middleton, The Wissett Plough, and The Crown Hotel in Framlingham (but not in the bedrooms).

If a pub isn’t what you’re looking for, The Willows Café in Bungay, or coffee shop Honey & Harvey in Woodbridge both allow dogs into areas of their tea rooms.

All pubs mentioned above welcome well-behaved dogs. Make sure you keep a lead with you too!

Where to Go

Several attractions in Suffolk welcome dogs on leads, including Framlingham Castle and Leiston Abbey, which both boast the remnants of magnificent arhcitecture, or Landguard Fort in Felixstowe, the site of the last opposed seaborne invasion of England in 1667 and the first land battle of the Royal Marines.

The Suffolk Punch Trust Colony Stud Farm in Hollesley, near Woodbridge and Orford, also welcomes dogs, of course on leads due to it being a farm!

Ickworth House, near Bury St Edmunds, and Helmingham Hall Gardens, near Framlingham, are both stately homes that invite dogs on leads to enjoy the picturesque grounds.

Alternatively, head to the East Anglia Transport Museum, an open air attraction near Lowestoft.

There’s also miles of rolling countryside within Suffolk filled with beautiful walking routes, so your pooch can get some exercise. Incorporate a pub trip, with these great Pub Dog Walk routes:

Pettistree, Middleton, Eastbridge, Newbourne and Dunwich.

There are also lots of pet-friendly events in Suffolk, some even celebrating dogs themselves, such as the annual Suffolk Dog Day at Helmingham Hall.

There are always outdoor village fetes and carnivals happening in our little market towns. Keep an eye on our What's On pages to see where you can take your pooch.


Read our guide to Suffolk’s beaches here. 

A trip to the Suffolk Coast is not complete without a day spent on the beach! All of Suffolk’s beaches are entirely unrestricted to dogs from October to April. But as the weather begins to warm up, you need to know the right places to go!  

Dunwich Beach allows dogs all year round. It is a a peaceful sand and shingle beach, dotted with fishermen huts and backed by marshland. There are occassional restrictions on the heath during nesting season, due to RSPB Minsmere being nearby. But these restrictions do not apply to the beach. Please be conscientious and keep the dog away from the heaths at this time!

In Southwold, the main pier beach may be out of bounds for your pooch, but head to Southwold denes and you’ll find no restrictions. The whole stretch of lovely sandy beach to the south of the town, (and right down to Walberswick) is dog-friendly! It’s good for walking, with grassy dunes and views across the estuary and, like its northern neighbour, received a Quality Coast Award.

Walberswick itself welcomes dogs all year around . Get involved with the local sport of crabbing while you’re there!

And if you’re up near Lowestoft, which does not allow dogs on its blue flag beaches, travel up to sandy Gunton Denes which is unrestricted all year.

If you’re southward near Aldeburgh, note that dogs are not allowed on the beach from May to September, but that there is a mile’s stretch of beach, clearly signposted, to the north of the town.

All information is accurate at the time of writing. Please call ahead to establishments to ensure that dogs are still welcome. Always have a lead ready, as most places would prefer that dogs be kept on them.

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