Last year saw record numbers of British holidaymakers opting to spend their leave in the beautiful UK, and 2019 looks likely to see more of the same, particularly for dog owners. Bristol is a fantastic destination for dog lovers of all ages and stages of life. Whether you’re camping or glamping in this diverse city, or checking into one of the many dog-friendly hotels, you can be sure of a warm welcome for all members of your party.
Stretching your paws
A recent study from the University of Liverpool found that dog walking makes owners happy, as well as bringing numerous physical health benefits. And of course, it’s great for dogs too. Bristol has numerous green spaces including over 850 acres of fun at Ashton Court Estate, and the Downs, with stunning views over Clifton Suspension Bridge. Make sure that you’re dressed for the changeable British weather and that you’ve chosen an adventure that suits your dog; then get ready to enjoy the fresh air, great scenery and friendly people.
From light bites to huge appetites
Many of the city’s restaurants and cafes are well suited to furry customers, although you would be well advised to call ahead and book as some may have restrictions as to where they can seat you. Whether you fancy a hearty pie or an afternoon tea, Bristol has plenty to offer every appetite. Dogs are also usually welcome at many of the city’s thriving food festivals, or for something really different, you could try Petlife, which is less than an hour away. This is the UK’s first ever dedicated dog-friendly music festival which launched in Cheltenham in 2018 and plans to return this year.
On the move
Bristol is consistently ranked among the top 10 UK cities to visit, and thankfully has many transport options to help people travel freely and safely. To make exploring even easier, you will no doubt find that many transport options are also open to your dog. Whether you are keen to try a bus tour or a scenic harbour cruise, well behaved canine companions can join in the family fun. Attractions such as Blaise Castle and Tyntesfield will also offer them a warm welcome.
For a UK city break with natural beauty, a vibrant food and shopping scene, and a friendly approach to dogs, Bristol is hard to beat. Choose a style of accommodation that suits your style and budget and then get ready to enjoy stunning walks, delicious food and the peace of mind that comes with being able to bring your most energetic and enthusiastic family member along for the ride. It’s sure to be a trip that gets everyone’s tail wagging.