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Dorset boasts some of the countries most beautiful natural landscape and dramatic coastlines. But what makes Dorset so great is that it is exceptionally dog-friendly, meaning there is no reason to leave any member of the family behind. Dine in dog-friendly restaurants, visit dog-friendly attractions and simply enjoy spending time with your canine companion.

1. Explore Dorset’s Castles
2. Kick Back In The Local
3. Walking With Dinosaurs
4. Ride On A Steam Train
5. Bask On A Beach
6. Enjoy A Coastal Walk
7. Wander the Woodlands
8. Parks & Woodlands
9. Discover The Blue Pool

Our Favourite Dog Friendly Dorset Activities:

1. Explore Dorset’s Castles

Dorset boasts plenty of fascinating castle ruins and historic forts in some of the region’s most desirable locations. Not only are these attractions perfect for family days out, but more often than not you can bring your dog too!

Our top picks include Corfe Castle, Lulworth Castle, Highcliffe Castle and Sherborne Castle. Corfe Castle dates back to the Civil War, making it one of the UK’s most iconic remains for that time period. The surrounding area is equally as decedent, showcasing the dramatic Dorset coastline. There’s a lot more left standing of Lulworth Castle (17th-century), Highcliffe Castle (18th-century) and Sherborne Castle (16th-century) and dogs are welcome on the gardens and grounds, provided they are kept on a lead.

2. Kick Back In The Local

Dorset has plenty of dog-friendly pubs and eateries, suitable for couples, families and friends alike. Tearooms, grills, pubs and cafes, there is something for absolutely everyone. So whether you are looking to crash out after a day spent on the coast, or enjoying afternoon tea in a quaint Dorset town, you can enjoy delicious food, all in the company of your dog.

3. Walking With Dinosaurs

There are many thrilling tales that can be told about the Jurassic Coast and remnants that can still be seen today throughout Dorset from the prehistoric era. If you’re looking to uncover the secrets to Dorset’s prehistoric past, Charmouth Beach, Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove and Ringstead Bay are the perfect place to start. According to Snaptrip this is where you will have the best chance of finding fossils. The best bit? Your dog is more than welcome to join you on your search.

Even on a rainy day, the heritage of Dorset can still be explored at The Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester*. The museum is family friendly, with exhibitions including fossils, skeletons and much more.

4. Ride On A Steam Train

All aboard the Swanage Railway! The Swanage Railway Station offers a nostalgic steam train service around the Isle of Purbeck. For a mere £1*, your dog can board the train with you and enjoy the stunning scenery. You can also stop off at the station at Corfe Castle to stretch your legs and enjoy the village square. Whilst exploring the area, be sure to check out our top things to do in Swanage.

For more information visit The Swanage Railway website.

5. Bask On Our beaches

Dorset is home to some of the most stunning and dog-friendly beaches in the UK. Renowned for its sandy seasides, the region is becoming a growingly popular holiday destination, catering to both humans and canines alike.

Many of Dorset’s dog-friendly beaches welcome dogs all year round, such as Church Ope Cove on the Isle of Portland, Eype beach and Lyme Regis. Others allow dogs out of season, such as Chesil Beach (pictured), Burton Bradstock beach and Weymouth beach. A run-around on the beach can be enjoyed anytime, from morning to evening, and even in the cooler off season months.*

6. Enjoy A Coastal Walk

Situated on the South Coast of England, there is an abundance of dramatic coastlines which can be walked. Seasides, clifftops and hidden coves are some of the mant types of coastal walks you may wish to embark on with your canine companion. Some of our favourite coastal walks include:

  • Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door
  • West Bay Clifftop walk
  • Burton Bradstock
  • Langdon Hill

Check out these three stunning winter walks in Dorset, showcasing the very best of Dorset and the Jurassic Coast.

7. Wander The Woodlands

Head towards rural Dorset and explore the landscape that inspired much of Thomas Hardy’s work. Thorncombe Woods is a National Trust site and mystical woodland, full of greenery, wildlife and fauna. The 26-hectare woodland offers ample walking opportunities, which can be enjoyed equally on warm, sunny days and brisk winter walks.

Getting out with your dogs is one of the best ways to explore the area. Check out these dog walks in Dorset to get started.

8. Explore Our Parks & Gardens

There are plenty of parks and gardens in Dorset that welcome dogs. Here are just a few of our favourites:

  • Weymouth Nothe Gardens
  • Durlston Country Park
  • Tout Quarry Nature & Sculpture Park (pictured)
  • Athelhampton House

9. Discover The Blue Pool in Wareham

The Blue Pool in Wareham is an extraordinary piece of landscape in the Isle of Portland. Surrounded by sand paths and stunning woodland, this picture-perfect spot is a paradise for both those with two legs and four.

Visit the Blue Pool website here

If you feel inspired to explore Dorset with your four-legged friend, be sure to check out our Dorset holiday cottages and dog-friendly accommodation


* Dogs are welcome inside at the museum’s discretion. For more information check out the museum website.

* Please check the Dorset For You website for up to date information on accessing dog-friendly beaches.

*Assistance dogs go free (correct as of 04.06.2019)