The Isle of Wight is a paradise for dogs (and their owners) with plenty of beautiful walks, places to explore, designated dog-friendly beaches and a whole host of places to take pooch out for a slap-up meal. Dogs are even welcome on board all the ferry services over here.
Here’s our round-up to some of the best dog-friendly places on the Isle of Wight…
Dog-friendly places to eat:
The Buddle Inn, Niton, is one of the most dog-friendly pubs on the Island. Here you will find a mini-menu for your four-legged friend featuring Oscar and Pet’s Bistro food and treats. On the menu for owners, there is plenty of local produce and seasonal specials. Afterwards, you will also find a lovely walk right opposite, down to St Catherine’s Lighthouse and Castlehaven.
After a spot of sightseeing along Winkle Street, The Sun Inn, Calbourne, is the perfect pit stop for tired legs. Dogs are warmly greeted by the landlord and resident pub-dog, with a dog-friendly menu and blankets for cold or wet doggies. You can relax with a bite to eat and a glass of something nice.
For a dog’s dinner with a difference, Off The Rails in Yarmouth is the place to go. Walk the old railway line before settling down in the converted station building with a bite for you and one for the dog too. Puddings are not limited to just human customers either, thanks to the range of Billy + Margot dog ice creams on offer.
Dogs are welcome at the popular Seaview Hotel situated in this pretty seaside village. Although not allowed in the main restaurant, they are welcome in both The Pump Bar and The Naval Mess. When the sun is shining, take your tea outside to the terrace and look out towards Seagrove beach – where dogs are allowed all year round.
Dog-friendly places to stay:
Tom’s Eco Lodge offers a range of dog-friendly accommodation options, all set in the beautiful surrounds of West Wight. Choose from the brand new geodesic domes to safari tents, modulogs and eco pods.
The Seaview Hotel offers a range of rooms where the dog can stay too. When eating at the hotel, dogs are allowed in The Pump Bar – a traditional pub, decorated with seafaring paraphernalia, located at the heart of the hotel.
Ninham Country Holidays are very welcoming of well-behaved dogs. Surrounded by mature woodland & rolling countryside, Ninham is the perfect base to discover the many sights and attractions of the Island, with footpaths and bridleways leading directly from the site, providing some delightful walks.
Luccombe Manor Country House Hotel is a home from home for your four-legged friends. With an adjacent park, dog-friendly beach and even a separate “Doggie-Dining Room” you and your dog will feel at ease and wonderfully welcome.
A lot of the Island’s most popular beaches do not permit dogs during the main season but there are some that will allow dogs all year round including:
St Helens is in the perfect spot with The Duver behind, you can choose where you take your dog for a walk before relaxing on the beach. Here you will find a nice cafe, toilets and parking, making it a great base for a day at the beach with the pooch.
Luccombe Chine (Luccombe end of Shanklin beach) has a large sandy area at low tide, toilets and plenty of parking along the Esplanade.
Brook Beach is a pretty, unspoilt spot perfect for walks and sitting gazing out to sea. There are no facilities here so it’s worth packing a picnic in advance.
Steephill Cove can only be accessed by foot so the dog gets a good walk too. Here, dogs are welcome on leads during the day and after 6pm can roam free in this pretty cove area.
Dog-friendly attractions to visit:
Dogs are welcome at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway and can travel in the carriages in either third or first class and kept on a lead whilst at the station.
Robin Hill provides 88 acres of park to explore and is great for the whole family. Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on a lead at all times.
For dogs with an interest in history, Carisbrooke Castle is a great visit. Find out about the Island’s heritage and King Charles I who was imprisoned here. Dogs are to be kept on leads and there are plenty of country walks nearby.