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Bring your dog on holiday to Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire Tourism - Friday, August 25, 2017

With lots of beaches and coves in the county, and much more to see and do as well, it’s not hard to see why Pembrokeshire is such a popular holiday destination. Visitors come from far and wide to enjoy the offerings of the county, and for many that includes bringing a four-legged friend too.

The number of places throughout Pembrokeshire that are dog friendly is increasing all the time. From beaches to campsites, restaurants to attractions, there’s plenty to keep your furry family member happy. We’ve rounded up some of our ‘top dog’ places to help you get the most from your holiday.

All of Pembrokeshire’s beautiful beaches welcome dogs throughout the year, although during the height of the summer (1st May to 30th September) many of them will have restrictions in place meaning that only part of the beach is open to dogs, or that dogs must be kept on a lead. Most our fabulous beaches do have areas where your dog can run, explore and enjoy a paddle in the sea. At the 2017 Dog Friendly Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards, Amroth beach came out on top thanks to plenty of space to play! Other popular beaches for dogs include Freshwater East and Broad Haven South. Further information relating to the summer time restrictions on all Pembrokeshire beaches can be found on the link below. Only two beaches have complete dog bans in the summer months – Whitesands Beach in the North of the county, and Tenby North Beach, including the Harbour Beach.

Where to stay
If you and your pooch are fans of camping, then there are several great places to stay. One of our favourites (and tested by our canine companions too) is Coastal Wood Camping. With a five-acre designated dog run area, there’s plenty of space to stretch those legs and sniff out new friends, and better still, dogs can stay at Coastal Wood Camping free of charge. Nash Mountain Farm is also a popular choice for dogs and their families, as is Redford Caravan Park. For those who prefer to be indoors rather than under canvas, Cwm Connell Coastal Cottages are a great choice. With six cottages on site catering for different sized families, the team are also able to accommodate between one and three dogs in the cottages, and are happy to discuss options if you have more than this number in your party. All the cottages have private patio areas, and there is also a four-acre paddock where dogs are welcome to run and play off the lead. Similarly, Fron Fawr Cottages offer a warm welcome for dogs, including their own ‘Welcome Tray’ on arrival with treats, food and water bowls, a dog bed, and those all important poop bags!

Days Out

Part of any good holiday is getting out and about to explore, and there’s no reason why your dog shouldn’t get to join in the fun! Heatherton World of Activities welcomes dogs in the park on a lead, and for those wishing to enjoy a good walk out and about, the ‘Support the Boardwalk’ project at Broad Haven North is a great spot to enjoy as well. Combine heritage and hounds on a day out at Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, winner of the Pembrokeshire Tourism Dog Friendly Awards Best Day Out!
Of course, exploring the towns and villages around the county can be just as much fun. Fishguard and Goodwick in the north of the county have the dog friendly seal of approval (or should that be paw print?!) as do Amroth and Saundersfoot in the south. You’ll find that many businesses have water bowls by the door to provide a welcome spot of liquid refreshment, always handy on a warm day out!

Places to Eat

After a day of exploring, or even as a lunchtime treat, finding somewhere to enjoy a meal or snack is important for both pups and owners. Many of the pubs and bars in the county have beer gardens or patios where pets are welcome on leads, but in the event of a slightly cooler day, it’s great to be able to take your pet inside with you. The popular Brewery Inn in Cosheston welcomes dogs on the premises, and it’s worth booking in advance here as it can be quite busy! Simply mention that you’ll be bringing your canine companion with you, and the team will ensure the water and treats bowls are ready and waiting. As you leave the beach at Amroth, stop in at the award winning Temple Bar where a warm welcome waits for all. Four legged regulars at the bar are known by name to the staff, and the resident golden retriever Mikey is always keen to extend the paw of friendship to visitors! As an alternative to a beach side stop, The Hope Inn, Pembroke is a great option. Perfect for a refreshment break after taking in the sights around the town, there is a large beer garden, sports bar, special Hope Inn blend of coffee (for the human members of your party!) and a ready supply of dog treats too. So, whatever the weather, you can be sure that you, your family and your dog will receive a warm welcome here in Pembrokeshire!

Dog Friendly Beaches in Pembrokeshire(Credit: Visit Pembrokeshire)

Dog Friendly Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards

Dog Friendly Pembrokeshire Tourism on Facebook

Important information. If your dog gets into difficulty on the cliffs please do not endanger yourself by attempting to rescue it. Dial 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard

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