Norfolk Dog Friendly Holidays

Norfolk is a beautiful county located on the east coast of England, known for its stunning beaches, charming villages, and rich history. It's a popular destination for holidaymakers, and with its many dog-friendly beaches, pubs, and accommodation options, it's also the perfect place to bring your furry friend on holiday.

Your dogs are part of your family, so why leave them at home? There's no need to book them into kennels with so many Norfolk dog friendly holidays available.

When it comes to accommodation, there's a huge variety of dog-friendly options available in Norfolk. From cosy cottages like Swallowdale Holiday Home, B&Bs to luxury lodges and glamping sites, there's something to suit every budget and taste. Many of the dog-friendly accommodation options in Norfolk are set in beautiful locations, surrounded by stunning countryside and coastline, making them the perfect base for exploring the area.

The Norfolk Broads has got to be one of the friendliest places to take your dog friend on holiday.

The Broads National Park is another must-visit destination for dog owners. This unique landscape is a collection of broads (shallow lakes) and rivers, surrounded by rolling countryside and beautiful villages. There are plenty of walking trails to explore, with stunning views and plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife. Many of the Broads' boats are dog-friendly too, so you can enjoy a peaceful boat ride with your dog by your side.

There are also many dog-friendly attractions in Norfolk, from stately homes and gardens to museums and art galleries. The Blickling Estate, Houghton Hall, and Holkham Hall are just a few of the many stately homes in Norfolk that welcome dogs, while the Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth is a fascinating place to learn about the county's maritime history.

In terms of food and drink, Norfolk is home to a thriving food and drink scene, with a range of dog-friendly pubs, cafes, and restaurants to choose from. Whether you're looking for a traditional pub lunch or a gourmet dinner, there's something to suit every taste. Many of the dog-friendly cafes and pubs in Norfolk serve local produce, including locally-caught seafood, and there are also plenty of opportunities to sample the county's famous ales and ciders.

Whether you are staying on a boat or in a self-catering Norfolk Broads holiday cottage like Swallowdale and hiring a day boat, your dogs are usually welcome aboard your boat.

Dog Friendly Beaches Norfolk

There are plenty of dog-friendly beaches in Norfolk where you and your pooch can enjoy a day by the sea. Walk along most beaches for a few minutes, and you will find most of them are empty. Cromer Beach, located on the north coast of the county, has a designated dog-friendly area where your four-legged companion can run around off the leash. Another great option is Winterton-on-Sea, which has a large stretch of beach that's open to dogs all year round.

Dogs are welcome on many beaches throughout the year. These include Caister-on-sea, Winterton-on-sea, and the north beach at Great Yarmouth. Some restrictions apply during the summer months on other beaches. Horsey beach has no restrictions, but please keep your dog on a lead during the seal pup season.

Taking A Dog To The Beach

One of the highlights of a Norfolk dog-friendly holiday is the extensive network of coastal paths and beaches that offer the perfect place for a leisurely walk with your dog. From the sandy beaches of Cromer and Sheringham to the wild and windswept coastline of Holkham and Blakeney, there's a beach for every type of dog. Some of the beaches in Norfolk even have designated dog-friendly areas, where your dog can run, swim and play off-leash.

Even though most dogs love the beach and the sea, there are a few things you should consider before taking them with you to the beach.

Always check dogs are allowed on the beach. Not all beaches are dog-friendly, and some beaches only allow dogs at certain times of the year.

The sun can be very hot on the coast. Take some fresh water with you for your dog to drink, salt water is not good for them. Also, consider taking a parasol for shade for your dog.

Dogs love the sea and waves, but keep away from choppy water where the currents can be very strong.

Take a supply of poo bags with you. Dog poop is bad for wildlife. Always dispose of poo bags in a bin or take them home with you.

Keep an eye out for dangerous items in the sand such as broken glass which could cause damage to your dog's paws.

Always wash your dog when you get home after they have been in salt water. Some beaches have an outside shower for this. Saltwater and sand can irritate a dog's skin.

Norfolk Broads Dog Walks

If you're a dog owner, then you probably enjoy walking your dog. Norfolk has so many places for dog walkers, such as beach walks, riverside strolls, woodland walks, and many beautiful walks along the Norfolk coast.

If you'd rather stay inland, there are plenty of dog-friendly walks to enjoy in the Norfolk countryside. The Norfolk Coast Path is a popular choice, offering breathtaking views of the coast and countryside. Alternatively, you could explore the beautiful Bure Marshes Nature Reserve, where you and your dog can take a leisurely stroll through the wetlands and woodlands.

There are many Norfolk Broads dog walks near Swallowdale Holiday Home, including:-

• Buckenham Woods in Buckenham (NR13 4HG)
• Whitlingham Country Park in Trowse (NR14 8TR)
• Brundall Countryside Park in Brundall (NR13 5RF)
• North Burlingham Woods in North Burlingham (NR13 4TA)
• Porlingland Woods in Framingham Earl (NR14 7QP)
• Dunston Common in Stoke Holy Cross (NR14 8PF)
• Salhouse Broad in Salhouse (NR13 6RX)
• St Andrew & St Peter Church in Blofield (NR13 4NA)

If you're looking for a more strenuous walk, you can head to the stunning North Norfolk coast, where the scenery is wild and rugged. The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path are two of the most popular walks in the area, and both are dog-friendly. These trails take you through a variety of landscapes, including forests, fields, and coastlines, and offer stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Norfolk Dog Friendly Holidays


In conclusion, Norfolk is a great destination for dog owners looking for a holiday that is both fun and relaxing. With its beautiful beaches, charming villages, and wide range of dog-friendly accommodation and activities, Norfolk has something to offer for every type of dog and owner.